Learn more about Catholic Teaching on Contraception & Natural Family Planning

Catechism of the Catholic Church

2370 These methods respect the bodies of the spouses, encourage tenderness between them, and favor the education of an authentic freedom. more

Vatican Documents

  • Of Human Life – Humanae Vitae (1968)
    On the Regulation of Birth
    Neither is it valid to argue, as a justification for sexual intercourse which is deliberately contraceptive, that a lesser evil is to be preferred to a greater one, or that such intercourse would merge with procreative acts of past and future to form a single entity, and so be qualified by exactly the same moral goodness as these. more
  • Gospel of Life – Evangelium Vitae (1995)
    On the Value and Inviolability of Human Life
    It is frequently asserted that contraception, if made safe and available to all, is the most effective remedy against abortion. The Catholic Church is then accused of actually promoting abortion, because she obstinately continues to teach the moral unlawfulness of contraception. more
  • The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World – Familiaris Consortio (1981)
    When, instead, by means of recourse to periods of infertility, the couple respects the inseparable connection between the unitive and procreative meanings of human sexuality, they are acting as “ministers” of God’s plan and they “benefit from” their sexuality according to the original dynamism of “total” selfgiving, without manipulation or alteration. more

Other Resources

Organizations that Promote Fertility Awareness:

National Catholic Bioethics Centre (NCBC):
Read articles by NCBC Director of Education Father Tad Pacholczyk. Father Tad is the author of Making Sense out of Bioethics, a column that appears in various diocesan newspapers including the BC Catholic. He covers topics regarding Respect Life issues.

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