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4/17/2013 10:29:00 AM
Letters to the editor: We are plagued with contraceptive mentality

I wish to recognize Alicia LeGrand and her interviewees for the informative news article, titled: “Natural way to look at women’s health issues,” (NewsTribune, April 11, 2013).
Unfortunately, we live in a culture which is universally plagued with a contraceptive mentality. This is most untimely, since worldwide population is currently aging at an unprecedented and perhaps irreversible rate. In other words, at the very time when children are more than ever needed, methods which prevent the conception and/or birth of children are widely and aggressively promoted.
Furthermore, physicians and medical personnel regularly prescribe a regimen of artificial contraception as the normal, or expected, way of living married life. This is so much the case that patients (especially women) can be made to feel irresponsible, or medically ignorant in a blameworthy way, if they have not adopted some form of contraception.
In response, the message of the Catholic Church is that we ought not to choose the economic over the spiritual. Children are the supreme gift of marriage, which means that procreation is the primary end of marriage. And it is only for serious reasons that couples should abstain from their positive duty to provide new members of the human race (and of their own family).
Of course, the Catholic Church also teaches the timeless divine mandate that only a man and a woman bound in the life-long commitment of faithful love are morally permitted to bring children into the world. Thus the three essential characteristics of married love are: permanence, fidelity and a natural openness to the gift of children.
How refreshing it was to read of the young husband and wife who “both wanted a big family,” and the wife who said, “God has his plan for me, I don’t want to interrupt that.”
May the Lord Jesus who defended the true meaning of marriage with courage and firmness bless our young families and strengthen their resolve to live according to God’s holy purpose. May He bless our communities with many faithful, stable, and child-rich families. Indeed, it is often those unplanned arrivals that bring the most blessings and joy to the world
The Rev.William M. Gardner, St. Valentine and St. Mary Parishes, Peru

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