Saturday, June 5, 2010

Sex, the Practicing Catholic, and Vatican Roulette

If you feel that Catholics have babies because we're ignorant, and want to hold on to that belief do not read the EWTN News article I linked to. Or if you do, keep repeating 'it's all lies' as you read.
"Media focus on failure rate of rhythm method does not apply to NFP, expert says"
EWTN News (June 4, 2010)

"Media focus on a report about teenagers who unsuccessfully use the 'rhythm method' to avoid pregnancy is giving attention to the 'Model T' of natural family planning methods and not newer more effective methods, a Catholic expert says...."
"Vatican roulette" is what our first family doctor called any non-condom/non-pill birth control method. My wife and I eventually went to another doctor - one who was living in about the same decade as we were.

It's a fact: Catholics used the rhythm method. A long time ago. Maybe some still do.

Maybe you know a priest who's about as up to speed as that doctor, on how a woman's body works.

Bottom line? Natural Family Planning, or NFP, isn't the rhythm method. And it works, even if a woman's periods aren't as precise as a Swiss watch. There's more about NFP in the article, but like I've said about other things: you don't have to believe a word of it.

From personal experience, NFP works. Yes, my wife and I have four surviving children - but we like having children.

There is, I'll admit, a down side to NFP. Since it doesn't involve buying pills or gadgets, we're not supporting the pharmaceutical industry as much as we could.

I can live with that.

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Sometime regrettable advertisements get through, anyway.

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