The only lawful methods of birth control are rhythm and abstinence.

From A GUIDE TO CONFESSION by Francis Connell, C.SS.R. Imp. Bishop Busch.

p. 26. "(The Holy Father) said that if a couple entered marriage with the

intention (even on the part of one) of restricting the marriage right to

certain days, the marriage would be null and void. He stated that the use

of Rhythm for a serious reason is lawful; but the use of this systemn of

limiting births without a serious reason is sinful. It would be a venial

sin to do this for a brief time - for example, a few months or even two or

three years. But it would seem to be a mortal sin to practice Rhythm for a

long time, such as four or five years. Some reasons that people might

allege for the use of Rhythm, which are not sufficient are: (a) they think

that two or three children are enough for any couple; (b) They want to have

a good time while they are young; (3) they wish to live in a fashionable

section of the city where apartments are small.

Scriptures used to prove the Catholic position are Gen. 38:10; Tobit

6:16,17; 8:9


In his famed encyclical, HUMANAE VITAE, Pope Paul VI reiterated the Roman

Catholic position against mechanical birth control. In spite of this, many

Catholic women found this law intolerable, and there are priests who will

give them absolution in spite of their using unlawful methods of birth


The formal announcement of Humanae Vitae was July 29, 1968

In a speech in early 1978, Pope Paul VI acknowledged that his 1968

encyclical had imposed "difficult demands" on Roman Catholics. He asked for

"special attention" for those who have not been able to obey the directives

of HUMANAE VITAE. New methods of birth control are of constant interest in

Roman Catholicism.

In 1981, Archbishop Quinn said that 80% of the women in his diocese (San

Francisco) had problems with HUMANAE VITAE, but he was told this was not up

for discussion.

In 1982, in York, England, Pope John II seemed to sound a fresh note about

birth control when he called for greater attention to "responsible

procreation", but in the next sentence he deplored "the spread of a

contraceptive and anti-life mentality."


From THE ORLANDO SENTINEL, 8/24/86. "According to a survey conducted for

the archdiocese of Miami, 64% of the respondents found artificial birth

control generally acceptable. An archdiocesan spokesperson, Marsha Whelan,

said of the survey, `My sense is that we are right in there ... that,

nationally, we fit in with how most Catholics think.

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