Fr. Bloomfield's Blog

I am a Roman Catholic Priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit, currently assigned to Divine Child Parish in Dearborn, Michigan. When I manage to keep the page updated, hopefully something interesting can be found here!

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

NFP Awareness Week

This week (July 24 - 31) is NFP Awareness Week. Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a morally acceptable method to naturally determine fertility and space the birth of children. This week was chosen because of the annivarsary of the publication of Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae: July 25, 1968.

Humanae Vitae reiterated the Catholic Church's constitent teaching that contraception is a moral evil, and is always and everywhere wrong. Contraception separates the procreative meaning from the unitive meaning in marriage, ultimately even vitiating the unity between the spouses because it speaks a lie. At the very moment the language of the conjugal act seems to say: "I am yours, forever, without restriction," the language of contraception says, "I withhold my fertility." As Dr. Janet Smith has often remarked, there is nothing so profound in saying: "I want to have sex with you." Saying, "I want to raise a family with you," on the other hand, says everything.

For more information about NFP, please visit the Couple to Couple League. They use the Sympto-Thermal method of NFP. Another excellent resource using the Creighton University model is the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals. Also, information from the USCCB is helpful. Also, check out NFP Outreach and One More Soul.

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