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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
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 04:01 pm (UTC)
thank you for responding, you have a very beautiful understanding of natural law :) however, remember NFP is taught, for catholics, as the ONLY acceptable means of child spacing allowed. thus many catholics are tying to practice it not because they undertand the meaning behind it, but simply because they want to be licit and follow the rules. the letter of the law, I should say, without understanding the spirit.

I can't assume you've read the discussions over in catholicism as of late, and I certainly won't try to summarize them all for you (there were many) but one point that came up was "In my opinion, avoiding intercourse (but still sharing pleasure) during fertile times is just as "bad" and interfering [as contraception, withdrawl, etc]." I basically had to address that "but still sharing pleasure" comment because no one else did. which is why I posed the question over here as I did, rather than as a more broad understanding of natural law.

btw, you're more than welcome to post posing a new question more suitable to your tastes :) *hopes for more acitivity around here*
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