Is the Roman Catholic Church's contraception policy justifiable?
First let me say that according to what I learned in health you can only get STDs if you or your partner have sex with more than one partner, and that is against our fundamentals, the ten commandments. sex is defined only for procreation thus don't have sex, and when does a woman's choice and responsibility begin, not only for herself but for her potential child? Sex is meant to be in marriage for procreation thus if she doesn't want children don't have sex. As for being archaic, I agree but do you realize how long it took to get "and with your spirit" instead of "and also with you." We believe in contraception but only if it's abstinence, ever heard of it. as for being a sensitive issue I agree, which is why the church takes an opinion, but seriously people how many of you can actually give a shit, how many of you are Catholic, or do you accuse the Catholic church of doing something which you yourself are doing which is implementing your beliefs on others, I'm a Catholic yes, but life is important to me.
The Catholic Church's beliefs on contraception correspond with their beliefs on sex: That the purpose of sex is to have children. They believe that sex must have the potential of pregnancy, which by the way is considered a good thing. This justifies their beliefs against it. Also, many forms of birth control kill the embryo, making it an early abortion. Since the Catholic Church is against abortion, this is certainly justifiable.
People who choose to remain in the faith and choose to adhere to the policy are capable of doing otherwise. Where it becomes unjustifiable is in cases where the church attempts to lie or indoctrinate people in order to remove their ability to make that choice rationally. For instance, the behavior of the church in Africa is unjustifiable. However, the policy itself is logically justifiable based on the tenets of the church.
Any church, mosque or temple organization has the right to set rules and expectations for those who choose to be members of it. That is what all organizations do, whether religious social or cultural. They have policies and beliefs. Nobody has to be part of the Roman Catholic Church, if they do not like its teachings. They can join a religion that has different beliefs about contraception. Outside interference in what a religion teaches and practices is unjust, because its teachings are only binding on those who choose to be bound by them.
It's part of the role of religion to dictate beliefs to the adherents. It's not like the Roman Catholic Church will barge into your house and sniff around for contraception and order you instantly excommunicated if you find any. They absolutely can justify making a moral declaration that believes must adhere to, and if the believers don't adhere to it they're obviously not believers.
Other ways of contraception is some way harm someone. The day- after pill kills the embryo by keeping it from developing. For many years, "the pill" was the way to kill the embryo. Abortion kills the unborn baby and creates emotional scars on mother, father and possibly other family members. A failed abortion can produce a baby with a handicapping condition. Contraception, when practiced responsibly, allows a couple to enjoy sex knowing that no person will be harmed.
The Roman Catholic Church is justified in its position on contraception because it's a private organization. Its influence today is not what it once was. People who disagree with it have the freedom now to find another religion that is more in line with their views. If enough people leave, then the Church might reconsider.
I think for me it is good to have faith in what you believe in, especially in your religion. But it does not justify that they will be in control of your personal decisions, such as using contraceptives. It is wise to use contraceptives to prevent any unwanted child to be born, to avoid possibly being a single parent, and also to prevent any transmitted diseases. At least you can enjoy making love without worrying about these consequences.
It is scriptural! Gen 1:28, 9:1,7; 35:11 - " from the beginning, the Lord commands us to be fruitful ("fertile") and multiply. A husband and wife fulfill God's plan for marriage in the bringing forth of new life, for God is life itself. "
Rom.1:26-27 - "sexual acts without the possibility of procreation is sinful. Self-giving love is life-giving love, or the love is a lie. The unitive and procreative elements of marital love can never be divided, or the marital love is also divided, and God is left out of the marriage."
1 Cor. 6:19-20 -" the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit; thus, we must glorify God in our bodies by being open to His will. "
The Catholic Church is against Contraception because it prohibits children being conceived. Intercourse is the most sacred way of expressing love to our husband or wife. Husband and wife vow to be open to raising children they are blessed to conceive. Contraception prohibits conception. Natural Family Planning is the only natural and safest way to welcome children into the world.
With the growing rate of teenage pregnancy and more people opting to go with abortions, it's understandable why the Church would feel pressured to change its position on contraceptive use. That is not the way Catholicism is meant to work though; the Church believes that people should adhere to the rules of the bible (sex after marriage, sex only for procreation). It's not meant to be the other way around; the bible isn't meant to bend to the will of the people.
Over-population puts a strain on natural resources, and eventually leads to war and outbreaks of disease. Birth control is a positive way to prevent over-population.
The church believes in marriage and is against the use of birth control. I think this is a sensitive issue. Different people may have different views, but I believe that the church should not influence the use of a contraceptive. This is a choice that has to be made by the people. The church argues that the use of a contraceptive has made people less faithful to their partner and also has led to recreational sex. This may be true in certain cases, but I think we as people must draw lines before various beliefs and ideas. I do agree with the church's point. But, the nature of the person can never be changed. If he/she believes in using contraceptives, then the church must not put pressure on anyone.
Over the last two decades, polls of Catholics have revealed that 90% or more have used contraception. For monogamous couples to not use contraception increases the chances of unwanted pregnancies and given the Church's stance on abortion, children being raised by parents who didn't want them and perhaps do not have the financial, physical, or emotional resources to raise them.
The Catholic church allowing the use of contraception is justifiable as the use on contraception reduces the risk of infection from sex as well as unwanted births.
Many people feel that STI's such as AIDS can only be caused by sex but that is NOT true, all it takes if bodily fluid contact which can happen outside of sex.
The fact that contraception also stops unwanted births is beneficial as it is better to cause no birth than an unwanted child which will not be loved.
A religion can not tell you how to live your life, you can do whatever you want, i am sure the creators of religion made the rules around what they want to happen (selfish) in order to allow every one to be like them or what they want to be like (very much like Hitler)
Just because the Catholic Church objects to contraception, it doesn't mean everyone, Catholic or not, should be forbidden to use it. The Church is known to tell outright lies about the birth control pill, by claiming it causes abortions, and abortion itself, in that it causes breast cancer. Science has proven otherwise. Many Catholic women use birth control. They see it as a necessity of life. The Church may see it as some wonderful gift from God, but many women understand that it is a medical condition that they want to avoid. The Church further stigmatizes sex, obsesses over virginity, and tends to view women as brood mares, who should live only to get married and have kids. This promotes a negative view of sex and degrades women to a less than 1950's social status. The Church has no business trying to be the lead authority on birth control.
It is unjustified to me, merely for the fact that Catholic children are indoctrinated into their faith. All of their family and friends are usually the same way, so for them to break away from it to "choose" another religion ends up with them being excommunicated and shunned. Women are not property, they are not kitchen appliances nor are they baby machines. The bible disagrees with those three statements. I walked away from the church, and thus my family and friends. The entire system was designed to prevent critical thinking, and to ensure an abundance of zerglings to keep paying that 10%. Use contraception, and don't feel bad about it.
Every human being must have the right to choice. It is in our fundamental right to be given complete freedom in planning of our future family and it is closely connected with our sexual life therefore the church has no right to impose their own dogmas. Any interference of the church in the sexual life of the individual includes violation of basic human rights.
The Roman Catholic Church's contraception policy allows for nothing but built in guilt to citizens who belong to this church, causing them to practice unprotected sex leading to unplanned children and unwanted sexually transmitted diseases. Often people will take the fact that they cannot use contraception to heart and forget about the part that bans them from sex outside the marital relationship, causing additional problems.
The Roman Catholic Church really needs to come into the 21st century on many of its policies, and its views on contraception is one of them. The policy stems from all the older people who are not willing to change their views on sexuality, and not willing to see all the other things that contraception helps with.
I do not believe that there is any good reason for the Roman Catholic Church to continue with its contraception policy. With the over population problems in the world, I feel that it is irresponsible. This policy also causes many devout Catholics to bear more children than they can possibly afford. It is quite obvious that many practicing Catholics do not adhere to this policy.
People are going to have sex, contraception ban or not. Contraception just makes sex much less risky. There are many poor countries that are predominantly Catholic, especially in Central America. People in those countries especially need to be able to limit family size so that they can focus on increasing their own wealth rather than raising children in a deprived environment. Many Catholics in developed countries ignore that rule anyway, so you might as well get rid of it.
The idea that it is a sin to use contraception or that God will determine whether we are to have kids or not so we don't need to use contraception is a non biblical concept. The primary issue with contraception is that there are forms of contraception that are actually methods of abortion because they terminate life rather than prevent pregnancy. Methods of contraception that terminate pregnancy such as the morning after pill violate the Scriptural principle of the sanctity of human life.
Because the Catholic Church deems sex appropriate ONLY for procreation, e.g. only to produce more of God's children, contraception is seen as bad because it prevents more good Catholics from being born (potentially). But forcing families to have more children than they can afford is cruel to those children suffering from poverty and malnutrition because of church doctrine. That is hardly Christian.
Nowhere in the bible does a scripture forbid contraception. In fact it implies otherwise by admonishing us to take good care of our families emotionally, physically and spiritually. This can hardly be done properly when parents are having more children than they can reasonably provide for. In fact, there are instances in the bible where God himself prevented the pregnancy of certain God fearing women during times of distress. Clearly a person's decision as to how many kids they have is a personal one--not a spiritual one.
Although the Catholic Church's contraceptive policy is based on a verse or two from the Bible, there are probably other verses that may allow for a change in that policy. Overpopulation is a serious threat to the well-being of all humans here on planet earth and everyone has to make an effort to control the number of births, including religions.
The contraception policy of the Catholic church leads uneducated people to increase their risk for unwanted pregnancy and STD's such as HIV/AIDS. The Catholic church has a moral obligation to protect its loyal followers and encouraging them not to use contraception is dangerous and negligent.
The use of contraception should be a personal choice. The church should not have an option in the choice. There are several reasons for the choice of using contraception. The couple in question might not be financially able to afford children. Having children might pose a danger on the woman's health.