Monday, April 16, 2012

Will Young Catholic Women Give Natural Family Planning A New Look ? ( Look at Washington Post Article )

“In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle […]. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, “I don’t see the use of this; let us clear it away.” To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: “If you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it.”


Unlike many I am pretty bullish on the future second glance the Catholic , and until the 30's the default Protestant , view of birth control will have. There has been some whispers even that what Paul the VI and other Pope's warned about as to effects of artifical birth control seem now very self evident.

There is no doubt the the adovcates of the pill can point out to certain benefits of the "pill". However as they lecture on that it seems taboo to talk about the ill effects. Effects that might in many people's view negate whatever good there is for the indivdual woman, the domestic Church AKA the family , and society as a whole.

However  the "Fence" or the Catholic teaching on this matters needs some updating at least as to appearance and argument. That is one reason I was glad to see a Washington Post article up today on this.

The Anchoress has the link at  Old Contraception Talk Given Youthful Jolt

Also the religious journalism watchdogs  at Get Religion have a post on it at Sexy makeover for natural family planning .

I liked the articles , and I follow a good many of these Catholic women on the social media already. However one defect of the article was the "male" side of the equation. They are all sort of critical to the process. There is more to their role than just tell me when baby. So that part of the dynmaic needs to be explored too. Still a nice article.


Katie@NFP and Me said...

I'm glad to see it too! A wonderful stage is being set for people to learn.

Shameless plug: On our new site ( we're revamping NFP's image without watering down the message. Plus we're going to have a section just for guys. It's launching in May, hope you find it helpful!

James H said...

THNAKS I WILL add it!!