Normalized and Legitimized Artificial Contraception:

Artificial Contraception Marks
The Major Historical Point Precipitating the Radical Decline of Western Civilization

Vic Biorseth, http://www.CatholicAmericanThinker.com

Regarding artificial contraception:

We have before us the ongoing dichotomy between the Flesh and the Spirit, as Scripture points out in Matt 26:14; Mark 14:38; John 1:12-13; 3:5-6;8;37; 4:24; 6:63; 14:17; Acts 2:38; 20:28; Rom 7:5-6;14;18;25; 8:6, among other places. In proper context, the Flesh refers to the World, where Satan rules, and the Spirit refers to the at-hand and on-going Kingdom of God, which is not of this world. The Spirit, which the World does not recognize, has laid before us the choice between Life and Death, of the everlasting variety. The Flesh, which is solely of this world and divorced from the Spirit, lays before us temptation and worldly knowledge, which is falsely presented as worldly wisdom.

The World tells us that there are too many of us for a sustainable population and therefore we need contraception because of our human Population Problem. Further, the World insists, our human activity is dooming the Earth along with mankind, as shown in the Eco-Nazism page. As you will see at each of the above links, these claims are refuted even on the terms of the World.

I'm going to open and close this discussion with a question that you should consider and answer now, and then re-consider and answer later. Regarding the Scripture verses at Gen 38:8-10 -

QUESTION: What is the difference between a man spilling his seed on the ground and a man using a condom?

ANSWER: Nothing whatsoever.

The serious social consequences of the contraception decision made at Lambeth in 1930 cannot be over stated. It was a major change and turning point in the predominant international view of morality. It was arguably the single most significant widely accepted moral change in the history of Western Civilization. It could be argued that the long-term affects could be worse than the affects from the disaster of the Reformation itself. Prior to that change, artificial contraception was roundly condemned by Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy and every single existing Protestant, i.e., Western-Culture non-Catholic denomination. But the contraception floodgates were first opened in 1930 at Lambeth by the Anglican Church.

Anglicans have periodic major Conferences or Conventions as do some other Protestant denominations. These gatherings are significantly different from the Great Councils of the Catholic Church, in major ways. Catholic Church Councils are generally called together to settle some doctrinal dispute, and the ultimate resolution always agrees with the Depositum Fidei. It must. A doctrine may be strengthened or even elevated to the level of a dogma, to settle the matter, but no teaching is ever changed, added, or deleted from the original Deposit handed down by the Apostles. Contraception fits into that category. But Protestantism is different, and their Conferences can produce new doctrine, change existing doctrine, and delete doctrine. That's what happened at Lambeth in 1930.

At the prior Anglican Conference in 1908, the Bishops of the Anglican Communion declared "The Conference records with alarm the growing practice of the artificial restriction of the family and earnestly calls upon all Christian people to discountenance the use of all artificial means of restriction as demoralising to character and hostile to national welfare."

That's what they said about contraception in 1908. Then, the Lambeth Conference of 1930 produced a new resolution, "Where there is a clearly felt moral obligation to limit or avoid parenthood, complete abstinence is the primary and obvious method" but if there was morally sound reasoning for avoiding abstinence, "the Conference agrees that other methods may be used, provided that this is done in the light of Christian principles."

By the time of the 1958 Lambeth Conference, contraception was just another accepted part of life among most Anglicans, and a resolution was passed to the effect that the responsibility for deciding upon the number and frequency of children was laid by God upon the consciences of parents "in such ways as are acceptable to husband and wife."

The Anglicans present an excellent microcosm of what happened regarding the teaching on contraception among all Protestant churches in the 1900s, with no exceptions. A constant Judeo-Christian teaching on contraception, thousands of years old, was completely undone among Protestants in a mere thirty years.

This brings up an unsettling choice, for Protestantism: either the Holy Spirit was not guiding Christians before 1930, or, Protestant Churches have been ignoring His guidance after 1960. One or the other.

Scripture has not changed. 

Let's look at Protestant history on the subject of contraception.

Martin Luther on contraception (1483 to 1546):

"Onan must have been a malicious and incorrigible scoundrel. This is a most disgraceful sin. It is far more atrocious than incest or adultery. We call it unchastity, yes, a Sodomitic sin. For Onan goes into her; that is, he lies with her and copulates, and when it comes to the point of insemination, spills the semen, lest the woman conceive. Surely at such a time the order of nature established by God in procreation should be followed."

John Calvin on contraception (1509 to 1564):

Deliberately avoiding the intercourse, so that the seed drops on the ground, is double horrible. For this means that one quenches the hope of his family, and kills the son, which could be expected, before he is born. This wickedness is now as severely as is possible condemned by the Spirit, through Moses, that Onan, as it were, through a violent and untimely birth, tore away the seed of his brother out the womb, and as cruel as shamefully has thrown on the earth. Moreover he thus has, as much as was in his power, tried to destroy a part of the human race.

John Wesley on contraception (1703 to 1791):

"Onan, though he consented to marry the widow, yet to the great abuse of his own body, of the wife he had married and the memory of his brother that was gone, refused to raise up seed unto the brother. Those sins that dishonour the body are very displeasing to God, and the evidence of vile affections. Observe, the thing which he did displeased the Lord - And it is to be feared, thousands, especially single persons, by this very thing, still displease the Lord, and destroy their own souls.

Examining sermons and commentaries, Charles Provan identified over a hundred Protestant leaders (Lutheran, Calvinist, Reformed, Methodist, Presbyterian, Anglican, Evangelical, Nonconformist, Baptist, Puritan, Pilgrim) living before the twentieth century condemning non-procreative sex. Did he find the opposing argument was also represented? Mr. Provan stated, "We will go one better, and state that we have found not one orthodox theologian to defend Birth Control before the 1900's. NOT ONE! On the other hand, we have found that many highly regarded Protestant theologians were enthusiastically opposed to it."

So what happened?

It's the old story of Christians attempting to conform the world to Christ and the world attempting to conform Christians to its ways. Protestants fought bravely, but in 1930 the first hole appeared in the contraception dike (in the Anglican Church) and lead to a flood that would engulf the other Protestant Churches, too. In the next thirty years all Protestant churches were swept away from their historic views on contraception. The most terrible point is that just a few years earlier, in 1908, the Anglican Church condemned the very contraception that they would later embrace.

Today, only Orthodox Judaism and Catholicism in the West, and Orthodox Christian Churches in the East, maintain the ancient doctrines against contraception. Western Culture is now just as severely split on the doctrine of artificial contraception as it is on the teaching authority of the Pope, or on the Protestant dogmas of Sola Scriptura and Sola Fide.

What about the Jews?

Classical Jewish commentators who know Hebrew language, customs, law, and biblical literary genres certainly saw in Gen. 38 a condemnation of both unnatural intercourse and masturbation. A typical traditional Jewish commentary puts it thus: "Onan misused the organs God gave him for propagating the race to unnaturally satisfy his own lust, and he was therefore deserving death." And this is undoubtedly in accord with the natural impression which most unprejudiced readers will draw from the text of Genesis 38.

The Encyclopedia Judaica (Vol.4,p.1054, article "Birth Control") states: "Jewish tradition ascribed the practice of birth control to the depraved humanity before Noah (Gen. R. 23:2,4; Rashi to Gen. 4:19,23)." The Encyclopedia article adds that on the basis of Gen. 38:9-10, "the Talmud sternly inveighs against 'bringing forth the seed in vain', considering it a cardinal sin (Nid. 13a) . . . . Strictly Orthodox [Jews, . . . . for religious reasons, refuse to resort to birth control." In the same Encyclopedia, under "Onanism" (Vol. 12, p.1495), it is stated that the act of Onan "is taken . . . by the Talmud (Yev. 34b) to refer either to unnatural intercourse or (cf. Nid. 13a) to masturbation.

What about secular and/or non-Judeo-Christian sources from within general Western culture, and even from other cultures?

Theodore Roosevelt on contraception:

"Birth control is the one sin for which the penalty is national death, race death; a sin for which there is no atonement."

Sigmund Freud on contraception:

“. . . it is a characteristic common to all the perversions that in them reproduction as an aim is put aside. This is actually the criterion by which we judge whether a sexual activity is perverse - if it departs from reproduction in its aims and pursues the attainment of gratification independently . . . Everything that . . . serves the pursuit of gratification alone is called by the unhonored title of ‘perversion’ and as such is despised.” (Sigmund Freud, A General Introduction to Psycho-Analysis, translation By Joan Riviere (New York, NY: Liverwright, 1935), p. 277.)

Mahatma Gandhi on contraception:

Despite having been vigorously lobbied and pressed by Margaret Sanger to support contraception, Gandhi outlined the deleterious consequences of artificial contraception thus:

“Artificial methods [of contraception] are like putting a premium on vice. They make men and women reckless . . . Nature is relentless and will have full revenge for any such violation of her laws. Moral results can only be produced by moral restraints. All other restraints defeat the very purpose for which they are intended. If artificial methods become the order of the day, nothing but moral degradation can be the result. A society that has already become enervated through a variety of causes will still become further enervated by the adoption of artificial [birth control] methods . . . As it is, man has sufficiently degraded women for his lust, and artificial methods, no matter how well-meaning the advocates may be, will still further degrade her.”

Before looking at ancient and modern Catholic teaching on contraception, perhaps we should examine the pertinent Scripture a little closer.

Gen. 38:8-10

Then Judah said to Onan, "Go in to your brother's wife, and perform the duty of a brother-in-law to her, and raise up offspring for your brother." But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother's wife he spilled the semen on the ground, lest he should give offspring to his brother. And what he did was displeasing in the sight of the LORD, and he slew him also.

A common modern Protestant pro-contraception argument I have heard in debate regarding this Scripture is that the real sin involves not so much the spilling of the seed as the failure to perform the brotherly duty. But the punishment for that is already established in Scripture, right here:

Deut. 25:5-10

If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the dead shall not be married outside the family to a stranger; her husband's brother shall go in to her, and take her as his wife, and perform the duty of a husband's brother to her. And the first son whom she bears shall succeed to the name of his brother who is dead, that his name may not be blotted out of Israel. And if the man does not wish to take his brother's wife, then his brother's wife shall go up to the gate to the elders, and say, `My husband's brother refuses to perpetuate his brother's name in Israel; he will not perform the duty of a husband's brother to me.' Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak to him: and if he persists, saying, `I do not wish to take her,' then his brother's wife shall go up to him in the presence of the elders, and pull his sandal off his foot, and spit in his face; and she shall answer and say, `So shall it be done to the man who does not build up his brother's house.' And the name of his house shall be called in Israel, The house of him that had his sandal pulled off.

So the established legal punishment for failure to perform the brotherly duty, from Scripture, is public humiliation. His shoe is removed, his face is spat upon in public, and he is called the "shoeless one."

Note well that God didn't just humiliate Onan; He killed him.

The only other place in Scripture where contraception is noted is this:

Deut. 23:1

He whose testicles are crushed or whose male member is cut off shall not enter the assembly of the LORD.

Believe it or not, these were methods of contraception in those days. Once a principle is established in Scripture every possible variation of it need not be listed. Contraception was so obviously detestable that there was no further need to elaborate upon it in Scripture.

Now we can look at the Patristic era records regarding contraception.

From the Didache, believed to be the oldest existing non-Scriptural Christian writing:

. . . thou shalt not use magic; thou shalt not use philters; . . . (II, 2)

(A “philter” is translated to be a magic potion. In those days the two primary purposes for magic potions (drugs) were abortion and artificial contraception.)

Letter of Barnabas 10:8 (A.D. 74) on contraception:

"Moreover, he [Moses] has rightly detested the weasel [Lev. 11:29]. For he means, Thou shall not be like to those whom we hear of as committing wickedness with the mouth with the body through uncleanness [orally consummated sex]; nor shall thou be joined to those impure women who commit iniquity with the mouth with the body through uncleanness."

Clement of Alexandria, The Instructor of Children 2:10:91:2 (A.D. 191) on contraception:

"Because of its divine institution for the propagation of man, the seed is not to be vainly ejaculated, nor is it to be damaged, nor is it to be wasted".

ibid., 2:10:95:3

"To have coitus other than to procreate children is to do injury to nature"

Hippolytus: Refutation of All Heresies 9:12 (A.D. 225) on contraception:

"[Christian women with male concubines], on account of their prominent ancestry and great property, the so-called faithful want no children from slaves or lowborn commoners, [so] they use drugs of sterility or bind themselves tightly in order to expel a fetus which has already been engendered".

Lactantius: (Divine Institutes 6:20 (A.D. 307) on contraception:

"[Some] complain of the scantiness of their means, and allege that they have not enough for bringing up more children, as though, in truth, their means were in [their] power . . . or God did not daily make the rich poor and the poor rich. Wherefore, if any one on any account of poverty shall be unable to bring up children, it is better to abstain from relations with his wife".

ibid., 6:23:18

"God gave us eyes not to see and desire pleasure, but to see acts to be performed for the needs of life; so too, the genital [generating] part of the body, as the name itself teaches, has been received by us for no other purpose than the generation of offspring".

Council of Nicaea I: (Canon 1 (A.D. 325)) on contraception:

"[I]f anyone in sound health has castrated himself, it behooves that such a one, if enrolled among the clergy, should cease [from his ministry], and that from henceforth no such person should be promoted. But, as it is evident that this is said of those who willfully do the thing and presume to castrate themselves, so if any have been made eunuchs by barbarians, or by their masters, and should otherwise be found worthy, such men this canon admits to the clergy".

Epiphanius of Salamis: (Medicine Chest Against Heresies 26:5:2 (A.D. 375)) on contraception:

"They [certain Egyptian heretics] exercise genital acts, yet prevent the conceiving of children. Not in order to produce offspring, but to satisfy lust, are they eager for corruption."

Augustine: (The Morals of the Manichees 18:65 (A.D. 388)) on contraception:

"This proves that you [Manicheans] approve of having a wife, not for the procreation of children, but for the gratification of passion. In marriage, as the marriage law declares, the man and woman come together for the procreation of children. Therefore, whoever makes the procreation of children a greater sin than copulation, forbids marriage and makes the woman not a wife but a mistress, who for some gifts presented to her is joined to the man to gratify his passion".

(Against Faustus 15:7 (A.D. 400)) on contraception:

"You [Manicheans] make your auditors adulterers of their wives when they take care lest the women with whom they copulate conceive. They take wives according to the laws of matrimony by tablets announcing that the marriage is contracted to procreate children; and then, fearing because of your law [against childbearing] . . . they copulate in a shameful union only to satisfy lust for their wives. They are unwilling to have children, on whose account alone marriages are made. How is it, then, that you are not those prohibiting marriage, as the apostle predicted of you so long ago [1 Tim. 4:1], when you try to take from marriage what marriage is? When this is taken away, husbands are shameful lovers, wives are harlots, bridal chambers are brothels, fathers-in-law are pimps".

(ibid., 22:30).

"For thus the eternal law, that is, the will of God creator of all creatures, taking counsel for the conservation of natural order, not to serve lust, but to see to the preservation of the race, permits the delight of mortal flesh to be released from the control of reason in copulation only to propagate progeny".

(The Good of Marriage (A.D. 401))

"For necessary sexual intercourse for begetting [children] is alone worthy of marriage. But that which goes beyond this necessity no longer follows reason but lust. And yet it pertains to the character of marriage . . . to yield it to the partner lest by fornication the other sin damnably [through adultery]. . . . [T]hey [must] not turn away from them the mercy of God . . . by changing the natural use into that which is against nature, which is more damnable when it is done in the case of husband or wife. For, whereas that natural use, when it pass beyond the compact of marriage, that is, beyond the necessity of begetting [children], is pardonable in the case of a wife, damnable in the case of a harlot; that which is against nature is execrable when done in the case of a harlot, but more execrable in the case of a wife. Of so great power is the ordinance of the Creator, and the order of creation, that . . . when the man shall wish to use a body part of the wife not allowed for this purpose [orally or anally consummated sex], the wife is more shameful, if she suffer it to take place in her own case, than if in the case of another woman".

(Marriage and Concupiscence 1:15:17 (A.D. 419)).

"I am supposing, then, although you are not lying [with your wife] for the sake of procreating offspring, you are not for the sake of lust obstructing their procreation by an evil prayer or an evil deed. Those who do this, although they are called husband and wife, are not; nor do they retain any reality of marriage, but with a respectable name cover a shame. Sometimes this lustful cruelty, or cruel lust, comes to this, that they even procure poisons of sterility. . . . Assuredly if both husband and wife are like this, they are not married, and if they were like this from the beginning they come together not joined in matrimony but in seduction. If both are not like this, I dare to say that either the wife is in a fashion the harlot of her husband or he is an adulterer with his own wife".

John Chrysostom: (Homilies on Romans 24 (A.D. 391)) on contraception:

"Why do you sow where the field is eager to destroy the fruit, where there are medicines of sterility [oral contraceptives], where there is murder before birth? You do not even let a harlot remain only a harlot, but you make her a murderess as well. . . . Indeed, it is something worse than murder, and I do not know what to call it; for she does not kill what is formed but prevents its formation. What then? Do you condemn the gift of God and fight with his [natural] laws? . . . Yet such turpitude . . . the matter still seems indifferent to many men; even to many men having wives. In this indifference of the married men there is greater evil filth; for then poisons are prepared, not against the womb of a prostitute, but against your injured wife. Against her are these innumerable tricks."

(Homilies on Matthew 28:5 (A.D. 391))

"[I]n truth, all men know that they who are under the power of this disease [the sin of covetousness] are wearied even of their father’s old age [wishing him to die so they can inherit]; and that which is sweet, and universally desirable, the having of children, they esteem grievous and unwelcome. Many at least with this view have even paid money to be childless, and have mutilated nature, not only killing the newborn, but even acting to prevent their beginning to live".

(ibid., 62:3)

"[T]he man who has mutilated himself, in fact, is subject even to a curse, as Paul says, “I would that they who trouble you would cut the whole thing off” [Gal. 5:12]. And very reasonably, for such a person is venturing on the deeds of murderers, and giving occasion to them that slander God’s creation, and opens the mouths of the Manicheans, and is guilty of the same unlawful acts as they that mutilate themselves among the Greeks. For to cut off our members has been from the beginning a work of demonical agency, and satanic device, that they may bring up a bad report upon the works of God, that they may mar this living creature, that imputing all not to the choice, but to the nature of our members, the more part of them may sin in security as being irresponsible, and doubly harm this living creature, both by mutilating the members and by impeding the forwardness of the free choice in behalf of good deeds."

(Commentary on Galatians 5:12 (A.D. 395))

"Observe how bitterly he [Paul] speaks against their deceivers . . . “I would that they which trouble you would cut the whole thing off” [Gal. 5:12]. . . . On this account he curses them, and his meaning is as follows: “For them I have no concern, A man that is heretical after the first and second admonition refuse [Titus 3:10]. If they will, let them not only be circumcised but mutilated.” Where then are those who dare to mutilate themselves, seeing that they draw down the apostolic curse, and accuse the workmanship of God, and take part with the Manichees?"

Jerome: (Against Jovinian 1:19 (A.D. 393)) on contraception:

"But I wonder why he [the heretic Jovinianus] set Judah and Tamar before us for an example, unless perchance even harlots give him pleasure; or Onan, who was slain because he grudged his brother seed. Does he imagine that we approve of any sexual intercourse except for the procreation of children?"

(Letters 22:13 (A.D. 396)).

"You may see a number of women who are widows before they are wives. Others, indeed, will drink sterility and murder a man not yet born, [and some commit abortion]"

Caesarius of Arles: (Sermons 1:12 (A.D. 522)) on contraception:

"Who is he who cannot warn that no woman may take a potion so that she is unable to conceive or condemns in herself the nature which God willed to be fecund? As often as she could have conceived or given birth, of that many homicides she will be held guilty, and, unless she undergoes suitable penance, she will be damned by eternal death in hell. If a woman does not wish to have children, let her enter into a religious agreement with her husband; for chastity is the sole sterility of a Christian woman."

The very year of the Lambeth Conference, the Pope spoke, and infallibly declared in his ordinary magisterium, a universal teaching on faith and morals, in an encyclical published to the whole church, the definitive moral teaching that contraception is a mortal sin.

Pope Pius XI: (CASTI CONNUBII, 1930)

Small wonder, therefore, if Holy Writ bears witness that the Divine Majesty regards with greatest detestation this horrible crime, and at times has punished it with death. As St. Augustine notes, "Intercourse even with one's legitimate wife is unlawful and wicked where the conception of the offspring is prevented. Onan, the son of Judah, did this and the Lord killed him for it. Since, therefore, openly departing from the uninterrupted Christian tradition, some recently have adjudged it possible solemnly to declare another doctrine regarding this question, the Catholic Church, to whom God has entrusted the defense of the integrity and the purity of morals, standing erect in the midst of the moral ruin which surrounds her, in order that she may preserve the chastity of the nuptial union from being defiled by this foul stain, raises her voice in token of her divine ambassadorship and through Our mouth proclaims anew: any use whatsoever of matrimony exercised in such a way that the act is deliberately frustrated in its natural power to generate life is an offense against the law of God and of nature, and those who indulge in such are branded with the guilt of a grave sin.

Vatican Council II: (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World - Gaudium et Spes: 1965) on contraception:

Relying on these principles, sons of the Church may not undertake methods of birth control which are found blameworthy by the teaching authority of the Church in its unfolding of the divine law.

A second infallible Papal teaching, again through the ordinary magisterium, in yet another definitive universal moral teaching in a letter addressed to the whole Church:

Pope Paul VI: (HUMANAE VITAE, 1968) on contraception:

14. In conformity with these landmarks in the human and Christian vision of marriage, we must once again declare that the direct interruption of the generative process already begun, and, above all, directly willed and procured abortion, even if for therapeutic reasons, are to be absolutely excluded as licit means of regulating birth.

Equally to be excluded, as the teaching authority of the Church has frequently declared, is direct sterilization, whether perpetual or temporary, whether of the man or of the woman. Similarly excluded is every action which, either in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible.

To justify conjugal acts made intentionally infecund, one cannot invoke as valid reasons the lesser evil, or the fact that such acts would constitute a whole together with the fecund acts already performed or to follow later, and hence would share in one and the same moral goodness. In truth, if it is sometimes licit to tolerate a lesser evil in order to avoid a greater evil or to promote a greater good, it is not licit, even for the gravest reasons, to do evil so that good may follow therefrom; that is, to make into the object of a positive act of the will something which is intrinsically disordered, and hence unworthy of the human person, even when the intention is to safeguard or promote individual, family or social well-being. Consequently it is an error to think that a conjugal act which is deliberately made infecund and so is intrinsically dishonest could be made honest and right by the ensemble of a fecund conjugal life.

15. The Church, on the contrary, does not at all consider illicit the use of those therapeutic means truly necessary to cure diseases of the organism, even if an impediment to procreation, which may be foreseen, should result therefore, provided such impediment is not, for whatever motive, directly willed.

Paragraph 15 allows the medical doctor to do those things necessary for the health of the woman, even when they mean sterilization, so long as sterilization is not the primary purpose of the procedure. Removing a cancer or cancer-infected organ, such as the uterus or the cervix, or even complete hysterectomy, is not prohibited, so long as eliminating procreation is not the primary purpose of the procedure. In the exceedingly rare case of the ectopic pregnancy, removal of the fallopian tube containing the embryonic baby is allowed to save the life of the patient, and this not considered a willful abortion. Similarly, prescription of powerful contraceptive medicines to a woman as part of medicinal treatment of cancer, and not for the purpose of contraception, is not prohibited.

Catechism of the Catholic Church on contraception:

2370. "Periodic continence, that is, the methods of birth regulation based on self- observation and the use of infertile periods, is in conformity with the objective criteria of morality.[HV 16.] These methods respect the bodies of the spouses, encourage tenderness between them, and favor the education of an authentic freedom. In contrast, 'every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible' is intrinsically evil:[HV 14.]

Thus the innate language that expresses the total reciprocal self-giving of husband and wife is overlaid, through contraception, by an objectively contradictory language, namely, that of not giving oneself totally to the other. This leads not only to a positive refusal to be open to life but also to a falsification of the inner truth of conjugal love, which is called upon to give itself in personal totality.... The difference, both anthropological and moral, between contraception and recourse to the rhythm of the cycle . . . involves in the final analysis two irreconcilable concepts of the human person and of human sexuality.[FC 32.]"

2399. "The regulation of births represents one of the aspects of responsible fatherhood and motherhood. Legitimate intentions on the part of the spouses do not justify recourse to morally unacceptable means (for example, direct sterilization or contraception). "

So, to this point, on the subject of contraception, we have Scripture, thousands of years of historical teaching, definitive teachings by the Church Fathers and by two popes (addressed to the universal Church,) which, in apparent agreement with Freud’s definition of sexual perversion, condemn contraceptive sex, coitus interuptus, masturbation, mutual masturbation, anal sex, oral sex, homosexual sex, bestiality, abortion, or any other act involving sexual gratification which in any way prohibits procreation.

Yet today, contraception is the norm, and appears to be the norm even among Catholics, or at least half of us, according to polls. Abortion is, and has been, throughout all of history, just another means of artificial contraception. As if sexual gratification were required by our nature, but the consequences of sex were not required by nature, and old fashioned self control were somehow pre-ordained to be beyond our natural abilities. Nature cannot be defeated.

We are at the place where the most often heard response to a pregnancy announcement is "What? Again? Haven't you two learned about birth control yet?" Methods of contraception are openly discussed, in public, in mixed company, everywhere. It has become a commonplace thing, a social norm, even expected. Not using it causes surprise. Not using contraception makes you inconsiderate, anti-environment, even a social pariah.

The development of slightly or somewhat safer and considerably more effective methods of artificial contraception coincided with the great social upheavals of the Sixties in America. Communists at the heart of what was supposed to be a total, violent overthrow of the government were dismally disappointed at the eventual outcome, because the only part of it that succeeded in any really big way was the part now known as the sexual revolution. But, for the most part, the revolutionaries took what they could get; it weakened America's moral fiber and brought attention to religion to a new low point.

But, look back at the wisdom of the ages, at Scripture, at the Fathers, at the Popes, even at Gandhi, at the prophetic things they said about contraception. They were right. Artificial contraception turns your spouse into an object - a pure, sexual playground, nothing more and nothing less. A sex toy. You loose respect for each other in the interest of the enhancement of pure lust.

QUESTION: Where is the most joy to be found, between the house full of children and the house with few or no children?

ANSWER: The house with the large family.

QUESTION: Are parents and other family members more or less likely to be cared for in their old age or infirmity by family members if the family contains few children, or many children?

ANSWER: If they have many children.

You could keep this up indefinitely. Contraception is tied to every single negative trend in society, including even the very things it was supposed to prevent. It's ridiculously easy to prove this statement.

For instance, contraception is supposed to prevent "unwanted babies." Yet unwanted births have rocketed since the social acceptance of contraception. This is easy to prove; just count the bastard children before and after the sixties. In fact, count up the times the term "unwanted baby" was ever even used in public discourse, before and after. Count the number of broken marriages, before and after. Count the number of times couples just shacked up rather than getting married, before and after. Count the number of times people just switched partners, before and after. Count the cases of spousal abuse, and even spousal murder, before and after. Count the number of single parent families, before and after. Count the divorces, before and after. Count the re-marriages, and re-divorces, and re-re-marriages, ad infinitum, before and after.

After the advent of "safe sex" provided by artificial contraception, count the venereal disease infections, before and after. In fact, count the number of known venereal diseases themselves. (Before, there were three; after over some fifty, with over twenty being incurable, along with new drug-resistant strains of the original three.) When half of the so called sexually active (meaning practitioners of illicit sex) population is already infected with incurable HPV, something no contraceptive in the world can protect anyone against, the preventative promise has been exposed as a lie.

The reason for all these dramatic increases in these "prevented" consequences is the jump in the practice of the causative activity, meaning, sex. People have gotten to a point where they cannot abstain; they are too morally weak to do so. They have even been taught that it is unhealthy to try to do so. And, despite what your teacher might have taught you, there is no such thing as a contraceptive method without a failure rate. There hasn't been one for thousands of years, and there never will be one.

The Leviathan State - excuse me, I meant to say the Global Village - has taken upon itself, without any representative legislation, the responsibility of spending tax dollars on sex education programs in public schools to teach other people's children the mechanics of "safe" fornication, and "protected" sodomy, and "responsible" promiscuity. American children who cannot recite their multiplication tables and who cannot read above three or more grade levels below their current grade, know and can properly demonstrate how to put a condom on a cucumber. And they're also diseased at higher levels than ever before in history. Isn't that nice? Note well that these are the same schools in which Scripture is religiously censored.

QUESTION: Why are these subjects even the proper domain of formative education?

ANSWER: Because these skills will look good on a résumé if the child one day seeks to become a Sexologist or a teacher, and carry on in the new tradition of spreading the murderous safe sex lie.

Even with legalized abortion - for which the social acceptance of contraception paved the moral way - the theoretically prevented consequences of unwanted pregnancy continue to boom. Marriage itself has dropped; why get married any more? The decline of the family - the primal social unit - is directly traceable to the social acceptance of contraception. Crime rates soar where families are weak.

I won't belabor it further; any normal thinking man should logically conclude the unnaturalness and immorality of contraception. Don't let it get control of you or yours. Teach and defend that ancient, old virtue, unheard of today, called chastity. The current popular teaching that chastity doesn't work is a murderous lie. Chastity has worked every single time it has ever been tried. Practice chastity before marriage, practice fidelity after marriage, practice celibacy if you do not marry. Untold millions have done these simple things and lived long, healthy, happy, fulfilling, disease-free and scandal free lives. There are thousands of years of statistics to prove that statement, involving all sorts of populations, including celibate populations.

There is no such thing as sex without consequences. There is no such thing as sex without responsibility.

In John 8:44 the two titles Jesus gave to Satan are liar and murderer. Those who knowingly spread the murderous lie of contraception put themselves in alliance with Satan. Is the bastard child the sinner, or the parents? The parents. Are the parents of the bastard, or the fornicators, the greater sinners, or their teachers? Their teachers.

Do not get caught up in this. If you are reading these words, you are old enough to properly reason and to apply some simple critical thinking to the matter.

Oppose all forms of illicit sex; avoid even the opportunity of illicit sex. Publicly and privately oppose illicit sex at every opportunity that presents itself. Practice and strongly recommend chastity at every opportunity. Become an example. No one is beyond redemption; if you have been caught up in the lie, repent of it, confess it, turn away from it and make amends by working for increased acceptance of chastity in society.

One final question.

QUESTION: What is the difference between a man spilling his seed on the ground and a man using a condom?

ANSWER: Nothing whatsoever.

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Date: Sun Oct 11 18:38:48 2009
From: Michael B
Email: chaucer3930@sbcglobal.net
Location: San Francisco, CA
Comment:

I agree with you. It's too bad, though, the Church tends to teach as if she alone holds to certain moral and ethical beliefs, and thus the rest of the world comes to think that the Church is the sole "hold out" on artificial contraception. Most Catholics are probably not aware that many others outside the Church have had and do have grave reservations about artificial contraception. Why hasn't the Church enlisted the help of Gandhi, and others, in this matter? She should be making it clear that she is really standing in the historical mainstream. Paul VI could have cited hundreds of extra-Catholic sources to bolster his arguments, but he didn't. And the Church doesn't. Why not? Sometimes I think not doing so reflects a kind of conceit that somehow the Church alone is the total guardian of all truth. The Church tends to always "go it alone" on so many issues, especially those related to sexual morality, and that's just not a good way to go. She needs all the help she can get.


Date: Sun Oct 11 19:37:02 2009
From: Vic Biorseth
Comment:

Michael:

Both Pius XI and Paul VI were addressing the universal Church in their definitive teachings regarding artificial contraception. These two definitive teaching encyclicals were broadly published in many languages and sent to the far corners of the world. Although, as papal encyclicals, they are thought of as being strictly “Catholic”, they are open letters to the whole world, and were openly published and made available for all readers of whatever faith.

So far as Western Christianity is concerned, meaning Roman Catholicism and the Protestantism that split off from it, the Catholic Church really does indeed stand absolutely alone in maintaining the Revealed Truth regarding contraception. Only the Eastern Orthodox Catholics still maintain the original teaching.

Whether any popes have broached the topic with non-Christian figures, I have no idea, but I would suspect that the matter has come up from time to time. When it comes to Revealed Truth, the One Holy Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church may be expected to “go it alone” if need be in protecting it and keeping it unchanged, until He comes. That’s her job. She has all the help she needs in the Holy Ghost Who guides her. Until then, men will either gather with Him, or they will scatter. We are all blessed with free will; we are all called to use it appropriately.

Never forget who rules this world, and Who rules the world to come.

Regards,

Vic


Date: Mon Oct 12 23:21:07 2009
From: Felix Moore
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Comment:

What about AIDS containment? The real world is just not as chaste as we would have it be, and in the real world there is a need to overcome ignorance of reality through education and the proper use of condoms to save countless lives.


Date: Tue Oct 12 05:59:18 2009
From: Vic Biorseth
Comment:

Felix:

It is true that the real world is not as chaste as we would have it be, but everything else in your comment is patently false. AIDS is not spread by sexual activity. The harmless HIV retrovirus is spread that way, but HIV has no real world relationship to AIDS. See the HIV=AIDS=DEATH Hoax page for details; HIV is merely a harmless “hitch hiker” retrovirus with no symptoms whatsoever in human beings. No symptoms, no disease.

This giant hoax has been used by the so-called AIDS Establishment and the Homo-Nazi Movement to inspire well meaning people, charities, governments and other entities to:

  1. spread condom manufacture and use to the far corners of the globe;
  2. bring homosexuals out into the open;
  3. ”celebrate” open homosexuality;
  4. raise homosexuality to celebrity and even hero status; and
  5. ”Mainstream” and “normalize” the homosexual perversion.
There is and never has been any real scientific relationship between homosexual activity, or any sexual activity, and AIDS. (HIV, yes; AIDS, no.) A true scientific link between HIV and AIDS cannot be produced.

The same “establishment” forces that collect untold billions in charitable contributions and American tax dollars and push fear and unnecessary condom use on the whole world also push the notion of the normalcy, naturalness and “born-that-way” false views of homosexuality itself. To say that homosexuality is normal flies in the face of simple arithmetic. To say that homosexuality is natural flies in the face of elementary biology. To say that homosexuality is somehow inherited or an inevitable accident of birth flies in the face of simple common sense, and opposes the notion of free will in man. There is no genetic or other scientific evidence in existence showing that the homosexual practitioner has no choice in how sexuality is expressed. It is a false teaching.

In any event, chastity is available to everyone. No one who practices chastity has any need of condom usage.

Regards,

Vic


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Date:  Tue Aug 06 19:14:52 2013
From:  Vic Biorseth
Comment:  

Today's email missive from http://www.churchmilitant.tv/ brought this webpage to mind.  Pat Robertson is raising Catholic eyebrows again.  The unresolvable question his words often raise is whether he might be a liar, stupid, or both.  I once believed he was a good man; now I am not so sure.  He is supposed to be, and is widely held to be, quite knowledgeable about Protestant / Evangelical / Whatever non-Catholic religion history, doctrine, teaching and so forth.  Yet he has made statements concerning Contraception that are clearly, even glaringly false.  If you have read this page then you know what Luther, Calvin and Wesley said about the sin of Contraception. 

Take a look at the latest video from Curch Militant at this link

http://www.churchmilitant.tv/daily/?today=2013-08-06 and see what you think. 

Regards,

Vic


Date:   Fri Sep 26 2014
From:  Vic Biorseth
Comment:  

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Thinking Catholic Strategic Center to
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Pulled the trigger on the 301 MOVE IT option June 1, 2014. Working my way through all the webpages.  . 

Regards,

Vic


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Kerry lies again, and then lies about his lies, in concert with the SLIMC. There he goes again! Kerry lies again and again about American servicemen and veterans; he just can't help himself.

Kerry's Lies: The Old, Vietnam-Era Anti-War Chickens are Comming Home to Roost. POW Lawsuit Could Force Kerry To Come Clean - by George "Bud" Day, Chairman, Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation.

What's going on with Mel Gibson? Is he really an anti-Semite? I am surprised that Mel Gibson is an alcolholic.  But I am never surprised at any words that come out of the mouth of any drunk.

Still Worrying Over NuVo Consequences. The Holidays have gone by, several days have passed, and the SANE  NuVo Initiative still stands pat.

The Dem's October Surprise involves another flip-flop of their public "standard". The clearly pro-sodomy Party that openly seeks the "Gay" vote goes Victorian for another pre-election October Surprise ploy.

Some Problems with NuVo: the so-called Null-Vote Initiative. A "philosophical" movement aimed at keeping religious conservatives from voting? Seriously? Let me state my problems with NuVo.

Come, let us sit and reason together. Jews and Christians of various stripe and spot can say to each other, 'Come, let us sit and reason together.' But we can't do that with the Moslems.

Regarding SANE works dropping NuVo: Nul Vote Initiative dies with a whimper. If you can't really present a good argument, sit down. On SANE Works dropping the NuVo Initiative: a program that works hard to SOUND pro-American while ACTING to oppose American National Existence.

Even experts grossly underestimate the Marxist zeal of the American Left. The sharp Left turn happened in the Hoover-FDR era, and the Marxism of the American Left has been deepening ever since.

Thinking American, in a nutshell: When one has lots to say, but time is limited. The older I get, the busier I get. Answering multiple questions as a thinking American, but in a hurry.

"We are an Easter People, and Hallelujah is our Song." (John Paul the Great) Our absolutely unique and singular Easter story, and the incredible force with which it struck human history.

Witnessing, grieving and weeping for our dieing culture.  What might it take to call a whole people back from the brink of cultural death?

If we have an inherent right to something, then, who must supply it?  Rights and Responsibilities exist in paired sets; a right does not exist in the absence of a related responsibility.  If indeed we have a right to our job, then, someone must provide it. Who?

So how come we have all these homeless people if our system is so great? The strong "Utopian Idealist" firmly believes that absolute worldly perfection is actually possible.  Therefore, there should never be any such thing as a hungry or homeless person.

Taking a look at Illegal Imigration and Tax Problem solutions. In our view, the minimum wage and income tax have outlived their usefulness, and only contribute to the illegal alien problem. 

First journal / blog entries when the thinking catholic blog first opened up. Notes to readers about what I was doing. 

On-going WebSite work and planned WebPages as of 09/07/2006. Adding items to book store. 

Vic's busted finger status - life goes on. Another busted finger status report, since the original one rolled off of the 50-entry BLOG update records.

Website Status as of 02/05/2009. No more Bookstore; no more Contact Me; no more complexity.

Website Status 03-09-2009. Just a note to bring you up to date on website status 03-09-2009.

Website Status 04/06/2009. Busy driving daily now; most website work will be weekend and as available.

The Plastic Bags and Eco Doom theory: will plastic bags end life as we know it? Plastic Bag and Eco Doom predictions tell us that plastic grocery and garbage bags will still be buried in the land fills and dumps a thousand years from now.  Well … so what?

Farewell Smokey Biorseth; Rest In Peace.  Hello Coal Biorseth; Welcome Home. As we were laying our beloved Smokey Biorseth to rest in his grave beside the lilies, a carbon-copy of Smokey, in younger form, emerged from the lilies.

Honky Biorseth really runs this house. If you want to know what's in any cabinet in the house, just ask Honky Biorseth.

Kill the illegal alien marketplace, and illegal aliens will leave on their own. Why should we "imagine" life with no Mexico? Shouldn't the Mexicans be trying to imagine no such thing as the USA?

More Marxist infiltration of higher education. Public school and the media are not the only places dominated by Marxist thought; even Catholic institutions are infected.

Of Families and Fortunes, and Inheritance Vs. Redistribution. Families and Fortunes are despised by Marxists, because Marxism demonizes the family, demonizes fortunes, and even demonizes profit.

Website Status Update 11/09/10. Just a Website status update; where we are and where we’re going.

Regarding the 2010 Tax Deal Pledge Breaker: Pledge? What Pledge? How can Republican deal makers even face us? We need to hang a Tea Party target on all professional politicians for 2012.

Pray for peace in Jerusalem, and for deliverance of Israel from harm. To pray for peace in Jerusalem is to pray for deliverance from Obama.

A tale of Promised Financial Melt-Down Debt Ceiling Nonsense and Happy Marxists. Everyone, on both sides, believes the Debt Ceiling Nonsense.  Why?

God and Nature: on the Nature of Things, established by the Creator of Things. God and Nature: on man’s Perversion of the Nature of Things, even with the best of intentions.

Our Ohio voter Guide for the 2012 Election. The 2l012 Ohio Voter Guide – The Choices Have Never Been Clearer, or more critical.

Evangelization enters the animal kingdom with the first bear prayer. It is fitting that the first bear prayer would be a prayer of thanksgiving.

Is the Internet down in Lithuania? Sudden loss of Lithanian traffic suggests the internet is down in Lithuania. 

The rise of the Femi Nazi Green Beret, and the decline of military victory. The first Femi Nazi Green Beret will be awarded out of fairness, not excellence.

Food Insurance: Is this stuff really any good? All of us conspiracy-theorizing, global-calamity doomsday-preppers need their Food Insurance.

We just had to try to do Robert Irvine's Plastic Wrapped Baby Back Ribs. Put plastic wrapped baby back ribs in the oven? What? Are you nuts?

Thoughts on the first Eucharist, established by the Last Supper.  The first Eucharist was recognized by the Apostles for what it was on that holiest Holy Thursday.

Tea-Party-Candidates-04-18-2014.  The Constitution is not going to be restored to legal preeminence unless we replace leadership incumbents of BOTH PARTIES.

Ecce homo; Behold the man.  Ecce Homo.  Behold the Innocent Lamb, who takes away the sins of the world.

When your system slows down or hangs, it's time for a Total System Reboot.  America, the World, and even the Catholic Church may need a Total System Reboot.

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