Should A Married Couple Ever Use Contraceptives? Are There Any Exceptions?

Should A Married Couple Ever Use Contraceptives? Are There Any Exceptions?

Full Question

Contraception and marriage—are there ever exceptions?

Answer

The Church teaches that the intention of contraception is contrary to the divine plan.

However, there are cases where a medical treatment may have two effects: one is the treatment of a medical condition and the other is contraceptive. In such a situation, so long as the contraceptive effect is not willed and the contraceptive effect is not the means of treatment, the medical treatment is moral.

Humanae Vitae:

15. On the other hand, the Church does not consider at all illicit the use of those therapeutic means necessary to cure bodily diseases, even if a foreseeable impediment to procreation should result there from—provided such impediment is not directly intended for any motive whatsoever.

By: Fr. Charles Grondin

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