Monday, March 15, 2004

Contraception & Homosexual "Marriage"

I agree with much of what this author has to say in today's WSJ opinion piece. It's refreshing to see the negative effects of artificial contraception proclaimed by people outside the Catholic Church from time to time.

(Historical note: Until 1930, all Protestant denominations agreed with the Catholic Church’s teaching condemning contraception as sinful. At its 1930 Lambeth Conference, the Anglican church, swayed by growing social pressure, announced that contraception would be allowed in some circumstances. Soon the Anglican church completely caved in, allowing contraception across the board. Since then, all other major Protestant denominations have followed suit.)

I think the author falls short, however, in discussing only the procreative aspect of sex -- as if the unitive aspect of sex (the reciprocal self-giving of the spouses) did not exist. He also misses the mark by focusing on the "psychobiological" interests of the spouses while omitting the interests of the children in the assured love and fidelity of both a father and mother. Perhaps I'm nit-picking and the article would have been too long to raise these issues...

But in any event, I believe it is too soon to abandon the ship of traditional, state-sanctioned marriage. Even with the near-universal use of artificial contraceptives (including a vast majority of Catholics), there's still more to today's marriages than a "shortcut way to make the legal compact regarding property rights, inheritance and certain other regulatory benefits."


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