BASIC R.C. BELIEF
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
POST VATICAN II
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
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
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.