Birth control debate

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In response to Cathy Wisniewski’s Jan. 5 letter (“The Bishop Is Wrong About Obamacare”): Please let me correct your firm belief, Ms. Wisniewski, that the Catholic Church has a “no birth control” rule. If you would take a few moments to educate yourself, you would find that the Catholic Church does indeed accept birth control. It is called “natural family planning” or CMBBT.

This is something that has to be learned and shared between husband and wife. It takes time and thought and is not quick and mindless like putting on a condom or popping a birth control pill. It brings a married couple closer with each act of love because it involves each person’s heart and mind. It is not just a mindless pursuit of the moment.

My children’s father and I practiced it our entire married life and have three beautiful young adult children, all planned with “natural family planning.” The key word is natural, with nothing artificial and nothing against the way God intended it to be. Oh, yes, there is always … dare I say it … abstinence, also if it doesn’t happen to be a good time of the month. And, I guess, we could always add a bit of self-control into the mix, something which is sorely lacking in today’s society.

So, please, before you decide to tell everyone about the church’s rules, make sure you know the rules yourself first.


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