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“A Huge Percent of Catholic Woman Use Birth Control, You Know”   Leave a comment

My friend says: “A huge percent of catholic women use birth control, you know, and it is considered a health matter.”

So being pregnant is a health issue, to be avoided for good health? (I would say that using artificial contraceptions cause health issues – I could name a few I experienced during my Protestant, contraception-using days.) And a huge percent of Catholic women use birth control? I have a couple of questions and some comments concerning this alleged, huge percent of Catholic women using birth control.

1. What percentage of Catholic women who attend Mass weekly and who are married use artificial contraception?

2. What percentage of converts to the Catholic faith use artificial contraception?

The point of the first questions being that the devout Catholic wife, practicing her faith (weekly or daily Mass and observing other sacraments of the Church), daily, quality time in prayer, who knows, respects and follows the teachings of the Church, will not use artificial contraception.

The point of the second question is that converts have embraced the Catholic faith by choice, after receiving much teaching and doing much study, often converting at great personal sacrifice. Often they know much more about the Catholic faith than do cradle Catholics who were poorly catechized, especially if they came along from about 1960 on. Converts have a great love, loyalty and gratitude towards the Catholic Church and are often more scrupulous in trying always to adhere to the teachings and beliefs of the Church, including not using artificial contraception.

I suspect that a large percentage of Catholics using birth control are cradle Catholics, who are Catholic in name only and do not fit the descriptions under the last two paragraphs above.

As to that ridiculous statistic floating around that 98% of Catholic woman use birth control, start with this as far as debunking (there are many, many more on internet): http://www.lifenews.com/2012/02/13/figure-that-98-of-catholic-women-use-birth-control-debunked/

Here’s a bit of history on the use of artificial contraceptions:

“Few realize that up until 1930, all Protestant denominations agreed with the Catholic Church’s teaching condemning contraception as sinful. At its 1930 Lambeth Conference, the Anglican church, swayed by growing social pressure, announced that contraception would be allowed in some circumstances. Soon the Anglican church completely caved in, allowing contraception across the board. Since then, all other Protestant denominations have followed suit. Today, the Catholic Church alone proclaims the historic Christian position on contraception.” http://www.catholic.com/tracts/birth-control

In a related (yes, related) subject, here is a good booklet on abortion:
http://www.catholic.com/sites/default/files/straight_talk_about_abortion.pdf

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