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Why on earth do Catholics believe *that*???
and since I'm promoting lately, I may as well pose a question... 
5th-Mar-2007 09:23 pm
schneckerock
this came up in one of the recent catholicism discussions, but was never really addressed.

what forms of affection are allowed, and what not allowed, during the abstaining period of NFP? I'm thinking a lot of people have the idea that anything goes, as long as it isn't intercourse (that could get you pregnant), and doesn't involve something artificial...
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6th-Mar-2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
I think you miss the point of the question. it's not "how to avoid pregnancy" but why abstaining is OK as far as catholics go, where as condoms, withdrawl, etc. are not. if you're performing "sexual acts that have no chance of leading to conception" it's basically the same as having contracepted sex. (remember, this comm is all about catholic morality here)

NFP teaches that the fertile period is a sacred time during which it's up to God to deciede whether a couple conceives or not if sexual acts take place. if the couple wishes to avoid conception, the couple is to avoid sexual acts all together--even ones that can in no way cause pregnancy. because the idea is not to get the pleasure of the act without the "consequence".
6th-Mar-2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
I think that's where the disconnect is for me. I learned about NFP from secular hippie-types who practice it, and I didn't learn it from a religious perspective.
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