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Why on earth do Catholics believe *that*???
10th-Dec-2007 02:35 pm
What are the illicit uses of NFP?   
12th-Dec-2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
basically anything selfish and without any real reason than "we want to". like waiting 5 years just because, or stopping after 3 kids cause it's a cute number, or stuff like that. some people interpret the guidelines to mean only grave reasons are licit, but I think the actual translation is "just" reasons, which means, well, actually having a reason.
14th-Sep-2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
Wait...what? So NFP is considered going against God's plan too?! This seems utterly ludicrous to me. Please, dear schneckerock, explain. I feel like I've missed something...
15th-Sep-2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
NFP (or rather, periodic abstinence, to get technical) is the only type of child spacing approved of by the church. however... it's not just "catholic birth control" as in.. you can't just use it whenever or however long you want, just because you want to. Catholics are *supposed* to be open to new life, and to God's plan for their family. there does come a time now and again when having a child at a particular time would be impractical or even detrimental to the health or financial wellbeing of the family, or even that having another pregnancy *ever* would be harmful or even fatal to the health of the mother. thus, the Church has approved a method of child spacing or pregnancy avoidance (NFP) that can be used in such cases. I have read, however, that even if you do use NFP illicitly, it can only ever be a venial sin, and not a mortal sin, because of the intent of doing something licitly (NFP as opposed to something artificial) but without the knowledge of licit use vs. illicit.

another thing I've read states that length of use should correspond with gravity of reasoning. spacing children by 2-3 years, for example, doesn't need any more reasoning than that you want to, or that you feel it's healthier on your body, or what not. quitting after a certain number of kids, or using NFP for an incredibly long amount of time, requires a more grave reason for use, as it crosses over from "open to new life" to being closed to the idea of a new baby for whatever reason.

does any of this make sense?
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