The Catholic Church Tries To Make Sense Out Of Bioethics


I’m not a Catholic, so to even begin to understand the full sense of their outrage would be impossible, but I do research in order to fill a knowledge gap. Having been raised in a liberal America where the moral is made immoral, I could not understand, other than for life itself, why the Church is so set in its conscience. Let’s be clear about what Kathleen Sebelius and Barack Obama are doing here – they are attempting to undermine the very real heart & soul of the Catholic Church; this isn’t just about contraception, this is about abortifacients and sterilization as well. The Church is fighting to retain their soul and one man has been trying to fight and inform people why the Church believes what they believe. I Give You Father Tad Pacholczyk, Ph.D.

The Catholic Church remains almost a lone voice in our age defending the view that contraceptive sexual activity in marriage is wrong. Many young Catholic couples either are not aware of this teaching, or simply choose to ignore it.

When asked, few can explain the reasons behind it. Some venture to say that the Church opposes sex in general, and pleasure in particular. Others think that the Church wants everybody to have as many kids as possible. Some are even more cynical, and suggest that repressed, gray-haired celibates enjoy being able to stick their intrusive noses into people’s bedrooms.

The reasons behind the Church’s position on contraception, however, are actually a far cry from any of these old clichés. Among the deeper reasons behind the teaching, the Church stresses especially how contraception forces us to speak a false and contradictory language to our spouse through our body and our sexuality.

Because sex is a deeply interpersonal form of communication, we can consider some related examples of personal communication to see how the language of our own bodies is violated whenever we engage in contraceptive sex.

Would it be normal, for example, for a wife to insert earplugs, while trying to listen attentively to, or carry on a conversation with her husband? The earplugs bespeak the view that, “I don’t really want to hear you and be with you,” and they disrupt the couple’s mutual communication.

If a woman inserts a cervical diaphragm or a vaginal sponge while having intercourse, she is likewise employing a language that says she doesn’t really want to communicate openly and fully with her husband. She wants to keep part of who he is at a distance, at arm’s length; that is to say, she shuns his fertility and fruitfulness. In that moment, she is rejecting the paternal aspect of his masculinity, and refusing to share with him the deep maternal meaning of her femininity.

We can further inquire whether it would it be normal to surgically excise healthy vocal cords, and then try to carry on a conversation with our spouse. Opting for a vasectomy and then pursuing sex involves a similar contradictory language of the body. When a husband puts on a condom during intercourse, he disrupts that intimate communication that is written right into the language of his body, much as if he had wrapped his mouth in cellophane before trying to have a verbal conversation with his wife. As Professor Bill May puts it,

A person does not put on gloves to touch a beloved one tenderly, unless one thinks that some disease may be communicated. But is pregnancy a disease? And is not the use of condoms, diaphragms, spermicidal jellies, and the like similar to putting on gloves?

Interestingly enough they believe what they say because they see the morality of a man and a woman being true to each other with no barriers. There is nothing sinister nor anti-woman in their teachings, they believe in the true love of the married couple and the religious nature of marriage. It is society, through the liberal/progressive, that has so demeaned the true spirit of morality within marriage and pregnancy, they have actually said this, and as I noted above, made the moral, immoral. This is the Left’s path for destroying America, and it is unfortunate that there is probably no turning back. It is my fervent hope that the Supreme Court does indeed find that what the federal government has done under Barack Hussein Obama, is against our Constitution. To finally prove that this administration has gone against the Constitution is the only way to start to right the ship of the United States of America. Democrats have sucked the very soul out of America and it will only be the breath of God that brings it back.

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Lady Penguin
February 17, 2012 6:42 am

Learn something new everyday, Jaded. I never knew this explanation, which makes sense when talking about true and unrestrained intimacy.

February 17, 2012 1:27 pm

>>> Democrats have sucked the very soul out of America and it will only be the breath of God that brings it back.<<< Atta girl, Jaded! This Obama gambit is a test that constitutional conservatives and the Church had better not fail.

February 17, 2012 4:12 pm

Thanks for this Jaded. Yep, I never would have guessed this one. Your closing sentence sums up better than I have seen what is happening and what must happen in America to get back her soul.