Why does the Catholic Church discourage birth control?

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Why does the Catholic Church discourage birth control?

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By using birth control other than natural family planning, you are putting barriers on God’s plan. Natural family planning IS encouraged because you are protecting yourself but still opening up to God’s plan for you.

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From the Catechism of the Catholic Church http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/p3s2c2a6.htm#2370 * The fecundity of marriage 2366 Fecundity is a gift, an end of marriage, for conjugal love naturally tends to be fruitful. A child does not come from outside as something added on to the mutual love of the spouses, but springs from the very heart of that mutual giving, as its fruit and fulfillment. So the Church, which is “on the side of life,”151 teaches that “it is necessary that each and every marriage act remain ordered per se to the procreation of human life.”152 “This particular doctrine, expounded on numerous occasions by the Magisterium, is based on the inseparable connection, established by God, which man on his own initiative may not break, between the unitive significance and the procreative significance which are both inherent to the marriage act.”153 2367 Called to give life, spouses share in the creative power and fatherhood of God.154 “Married couples should regard it as their prop

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Birth control, or contraception, is not only “discouraged” by the Church, but it is deemed a mortal or grave sin. This is an important point overlooked by many of today’s Catholics. Contraception, as the name implies, is “against conception.” By using contraception you are effectively turning away from God by accepting your own role in pro-creation, but leaving God out of the process. It’s like saying “thanks” for giving us sex, but “no thanks” for the consequences.

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The Church does not merely discourage the use of birth control, it condemns it. Sexuality is a gift, designed to be shared between one man and one woman within the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. This gift is about total giving of self, mirroring, to a limited degree (so as to not be misunderstood as some sort of false implication that Christ was sexually active), Christ’s giving of Himself totally in death for the forgiveness of our sins. When contracepting, you are essentially saying “You can have part of me” for giving yourself totally to another (as part of living totally for another) includes all natural elements of the beautiful, sexual act. God designed us to work precisely this way, so why tamper with it? This is where the Church stands in light of Her 2000 years of Tradition through that which has been carried down by Apostolic succession, including, but not limited to, the successor to St. Peter, our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, in accordance with Sacred Scripture.

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The Church does not believe in artificial birth control because using birth control not only says “I/we don’t want to take the natural conseqeunces of sex which is for the purpose of procreation {not just for it, but a major and integral part}, but I/we don’t care what God thinks about this.” It’s saying that you don’t want to work with God and be partners with him in his will. If he doesn’t want a woman to conceive, it won’t happen. Birth control says that the humans involved don’t want it to happen, and whatever God has planned, it’s taking a backseat. NFP as a form of birth control is accepted because it encourages knowledge of self and communication between partners, and it does not artifically attempt to interfere with God’s plans. As I said before, if God doesn’t want a woman pregnant, she will not be. Also, there are at least three other reasons the Church does not accept non-natural birth control. Things like condoms are not acceptable, because of a relationship to the story of

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