Natural Family Planning (NFP)

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Natural Family Planning (NFP)

“Then the angel Raphael said to him [Tobias]: Hear me, and I will shew thee who they are, over whom the devil can prevail. For they who in such manner receive matrimony, as to shut out God from themselves, and from their mind, and to give themselves to their lust, as the horse and mule, which have not understanding, over them the devil hath power. …And when the third night is past, thou shalt take the virgin with the fear of the Lord, moved rather for love of children than for lust, that in the seed of Abraham thou mayest obtain a blessing in children… [Tobias said] And now, Lord, thou knowest, that not for fleshly lust do I take my sister to wife, but only for the love of posterity, in which thy name may be blessed for ever and ever.” (Tobias 6:16-17, 22; 8:9)

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: That you should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor, not in the passion of lust, like the Gentiles that know not God.” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5)

What is Natural Family Planning?

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is the practice of deliberately restricting the marital act exclusively to those times when the wife is infertile so as to avoid the conception of a child. NFP is used for the same reasons that people use artificial contraception: to deliberately avoid the conception of a child while carrying out the marital act.

Why is NFP wrong?

NFP is wrong because it’s birth control; it’s against conception. It’s a refusal on the part of those who use it to be open to the children that God planned to send them. It’s no different in its purpose from artificial contraception, and therefore it’s a moral evil just like artificial contraception.

Procreation is the Primary Purpose of Marriage

Lactantius, Divine Institutes, 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.”

Saint Caesar of Arles: “AS OFTEN AS HE KNOWS HIS WIFE WITHOUT A DESIRE FOR CHILDREN…WITHOUT A DOUBT HE COMMITS SIN.” (W. A. Jurgens, The Faith of The Early Fathers, Vol. 3: 2233)

Clement of Alexandria, The Instructor of Children, 2:10:95:3: “To have coitus other than to procreate children is to do injury to nature.”

St. Jerome, Against Jovinian 1:19, A.D. 393: “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?”

St. Augustine, The Morals of the Manichees 18:65, A.D. 388: “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.”

St. Augustine, Against Faustus, 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.”

It is a divine law, a dogma of the faith (de fide), that the primary end of marriage is procreation (child bearing) and the education of children. Pope Pius XI decrees it “is beyond the power of any human law” to teach otherwise.

Pope Pius XI, Casti Connubii, December 31, 1930: To take away from man the natural and primeval right of marriage, to circumscribe in any way the principal ends of marriage laid down in the beginning by God Himself in the words “Increase and multiply,” is beyond the power of any human law. …This is also expressed succinctly in the Code of Canon Law “The primary end of marriage is the procreation and the education of children”.

1917 Code of Canon Law: Canon 1013. The primary purpose of marriage is the procreation and education of children.

A Practical Commentary, on Canon 1013: There can be no controversy over the primary object of marriage. The perpetuation of the human race is willed by the Creator, who from the creation of mankind appointed the means for this purpose, …The Holy Office condemned the opinion defended by some recent authors who deny that the procreation of children is the primary end of matrimony, and regard its secondary ends not subordinate to its primary end but independent of it (April 1, 1944; Acta Ap. Sedis, XXXVI, 103.).

Therefore, it is heresy to teach that procreation and education of children is not the only primary end of marriage. Any deliberate plan by man to frustrate the marital act by attempting to make conception impossible is a mortal sin against this primary purpose of marriage. It’s quite clear that the new teaching of NFP is modernistic heresy condemned by the earlier Church, Popes, Saints and the infallible word of God! Will you be a modernist and follow the herd of sheep in fleshly lust instead of following the purity and holiness of God and his Church? If yes, then the fire of Hell will be your home for all eternity!

Contraception is infallibly condemned by Pope Pius XI

A pope can teach infallibly, not just in matters of faith, but also in matters of morals.

Vatican Council, 1870: Sess. IV, cap. 4, Definition of infallibility: “The Roman pontiff speaks EX CATHEDRA… when… he defines a doctrine concerning faith or morals to be held by the whole Church.”

On December 30, 1930, Pope Pius XI, in his encyclical Casti Connubii, engaged his charism of infallibility and condemned all forms of contraception.

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.

These sentences fulfill the conditions of an infallible teaching regarding a doctrine of morals. The pope is addressing the Universal Church, “the Catholic Church.” He makes it clear he is proclaiming a truth, “Our mouth proclaims.” The topic deals with morals, “the Catholic Church, to whom God has entrusted the defense of the integrity and the purity of morals.” And lastly, he binds Catholics to this teaching under pain of grave sin, “those who indulge in such are branded with the guilt of a grave sin.”

Natural Family Planning is Contraception

“Natural Family Planning” is also known as “The Rhythm Method.” Pope Pius XI, in his encyclical Casti Connubii, condemns all forms of contraception as immoral, as an “offense against the law of God and of nature, and as a grave (mortal) sin.”

Pope Pius XI, Casti Connubii: And now, Venerable Brethren, We shall explain in detail the evils opposed to each of the benefits of matrimony. First consideration is due the offspring, which many have the audacity to call the disagreeable burden of matrimony and which they say is to be carefully avoided by married people not through virtuous continence (which Christian law permits in matrimony when both parties consent) but by frustrating the marriage act. …No reason, however grave, may be put forward by anything intrinsically against nature may become conformable to nature and morally good. Since, therefore, the conjugal act is destined primarily by nature for the begetting of children, those who in exercising it deliberately frustrate its natural power and purpose, sin against nature, and commit a deed which is shameful and intrinsically vicious … 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.

A key word is “deliberate” attempt to prevent conception. Pope Pius XI teaches all forms of deliberately frustrating the martial act by depriving it of its natural power and purpose (conception) is a “sin against nature” (the natural law) and is “intrinsically vicious” (intrinsically evil). He does not qualify deliberate frustration by saying, only if physical devices are used during the act, or by withdrawal during the act. Birth control pills are taken before and not during the act to frustrate the fertile cycle of the woman by making it infertile. Natural Family Planning (hereafter referred to as NFP), which is absolutely unnatural and immoral, uses the same prevention technique as birth control pills. The difference being that birth control pills are replaced with modern scientific techniques that chart the fertile and infertile period. In every case the goal is the exact same, to prevent conception from taking place while engaging in the marital act. Spouses that practice NFP chart the woman’s fertile and infertile period in order that they can prevent conception by only having marital relations during the infertile period. Deliberate frustration of conception occurs either by obstructing the fertile cycle by NFP or birth control pills, or by using a physical device, or withdrawal during the marital act.

In every case a deliberate plan is made before the act

Married couples that attempt to frustrate conception while engaging in the marital act must formulate a deliberate plan in order to do so. In every case they deliberately formulate a plan to prevent conception before the marital act. They either plan to use physical contraceptive devices during the act, or plan to withdraw during the act, or plan to take birth control pills that prevent ovulation before the act, or plan to only have relations during the infertile period. In every case the goal of the plan is the same, to prevent conception when engaging in the marital act. Whether they plan by buying the physical contraceptive devices or pills ahead of time, or the husband plans to withdraw at the appropriate time, or they plan by charting fertile and infertile periods, it is exactly the same plan. In every case they plan to prevent conception when engaging in the marital act. In a sense it could be said about NFP that a contraceptive is placed over the fertile period while engaging in the act during the infertile period, or, the husband withdraws from the act during the fertile period while engaging in it during the infertile period, or, instead of preventing ovulation with a pill, it is prevented by charting cycles. Dear reader, open your eyes and ears, can you not see that the intention is the same in every case! Can you not see that NFP is contraception!

It is intrinsically evil when spouses plan to have sexual relations while also having planned to make conception impossible. It does not matter in what way the spouses plan to prevent conception. The principle is the same in all cases—the deliberate prevention of conception (child bearing) by the spouses while engaging in the marital act. The goal of contraception is to eliminate the possibility of conception while engaging in the marital act. Contraception takes place during the act by physical obstruction, or before the act by obstructing the fertile period by planning to only commit the act during the infertile period. In both cases the goal of the plan is to perform the sexual act without the possibility of conception. Guilt of mortal sin occurs when these two conditions are met, either in the mind or in the act. Our Lord teaches us that all sin proceeds from the heart, and manifests itself in men’s actions. “The things which proceed out of the mouth, come forth from the heart, and those things defile a man. For from the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies.” (Mt. 15:11, 18-19) What is a plan? A plan is the words of a man that proceed from his mouth that come forth from his heart that he seeks to put into action. The root of every plan is in the heart. What is in the heart of spouses who plan to use physical contraceptive devices during the marital act, or plan to withdraw so as to make conception improbable, or plan to have marital relations only during the infertile period? In the heart of these spouses is the desire to have marital relations while having deliberately planned to prevent conception. Pope Pius XI describes what is in their heart, he says, “Offspring… they say is to be carefully avoided by married people… by frustrating the marriage act… [They] deliberately frustrate its natural power and purpose.” Sin originates from what is in the heart. I ask spouses who practice NFP, “What is in your heart when you practice NFP?” While engaging in the marital act, after having planned to do so only during the infertile period, ask yourself in the heat of your lust, “Am I not committing this very act with the explicit, deliberate, premeditated planned intention of preventing conception while fulfilling my lust?” If your wish or prayer is to have relations and that conception does not occur, then you committed the mortal sin of contraception.

St. Augustine, Marriage and Concupiscence 1:15:17 [A.D. 419]: “I am supposing, then, although 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.”

NFP is a tradition of men that replaces the law of God

NFP is simply a tradition of men. It has eliminated the commandment of God that forbids contraception, by making it seem that NFP is not contraception simply because physical devices or techniques are not used during the marital act. They ignore the very heart of this commandment of God by violating it in a most deceptive manner. The ancestors of the Pharisees that Jesus condemned, the apostate Jews and their false religion of Apostate Judaism as practiced by the Talmudic Jews, have carried on these traditions of men to ridiculous and absurd proportions. One such teaching is that it is only murder if one directly kills another, such as by stabbing, shooting, or choking, etc. They teach it is not murder if one locks a man in a room with no food or water and does not give him any. In this case, they teach, the man dies from thirst and starvation, and not by the hands of any man; thus no murder was committed. This is a perfect parallel to NFP. The tradition of men teaches that as long as a physical device or technique is not used during the marital act, the planning ahead of time by charting cycles to prevent conception is not a crime.

Honorable Continence

The only time conception can legally be deferred is if the spouses agree to live chaste for a period of time. They must abstain altogether from the marital act, during the infertile periods as well as the fertile periods. This is referred to by Pope Pius XI as virtuous continence.

Pope Pius XI, Casti Connubii, IV. Vices Opposed To Christian Marriage: “And now, Venerable Brethren, We shall explain in detail the evils opposed to each of the benefits of matrimony. First consideration is due the offspring, which many have the audacity to call the disagreeable burden of matrimony and which they say is to be carefully avoided by married people not through virtuous continence but by frustrating the marriage act.”

The sin of contraception is incurred when two conditions are met, the planning to engage in the marital act while also having planned to prevent conception.

Caesarius of Arles, Sermons 1:12 [A.D. 522]: “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.”

Medical Condition, danger to the mother or child, does not excuse

Honorable continence can also be practiced if the wife has a medical condition in which pregnancy would endanger her life. If they decide to have relations, they must do so with the intention of child bearing and be prepared to risk the life of the mother. The same can be said if you are barren. If you have martial relations with the intention of procreation as did Sarah, the wife of Abraham, and not merely for lust, God may very well open your womb.

Pope Pius XI, Casti Connubii: “As to the ‘medical and therapeutic indication’ to which, using their own words, we have made reference, Venerable Brethren, however much we may pity the mother whose health and even life is imperiled in the performance of the duty allotted to her by nature, nevertheless, what could ever be a sufficient reason for excusing in any way the direct murder of the innocent? This is precisely what we are dealing with here. Whether inflicted upon the mother or upon the child, it is against the precept of God and the law of nature: “Thou shalt not kill”. The life of each is equally sacred, and no one has the power, not even the public authority, to destroy it… Holy Mother Church very well understands and clearly appreciates all that is said regarding the health of the mother and the danger to her life. And who would not grieve to think of these things? Who is not filled with the greatest admiration when he sees a mother risking her life with heroic fortitude, that she may preserve the life of the offspring which she has conceived? God alone, all bountiful and all merciful as He is, can reward her for the fulfillment of the office allotted to her by nature, and will assuredly repay her in a measure full to overflowing.”

If the wife’s life is threatened by child bearing, then either the marital act is abstained from altogether by honorable continence, or it is done with the hope of conception, being ready to bear the consequences of the death of the mother.

The Root of the Sin is Lack of True Faith in God

Evil Fruits of Natural Family Planning

St. Paul, in his epistles to the Romans, and St. Timothy, speaks of the great loss of faith during the Great Apostasy and the accompanying evil fruits (sins of immorality).

“Know also this, that in the last days, shall come dangerous times. Men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, haughty, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, wicked, Without affection, without peace, slanderers, incontinent, unmerciful, without kindness, Traitors, stubborn, puffed up, and lovers of pleasure more than of God: Having an appearance indeed of godliness but denying the power thereof. Now these avoid.” (2Tim. 3:1-5)

This is an exact description of modern men in these final days. The root of the whole problem that leads to sinful practices like contraception is the loss of the Catholic faith. This is known as the Romans One Curse. “And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient.” (Rom. 1:28) Fallen-away Catholics say they believe in God with their lips and continue with outward actions of worship. They have an appearance of godliness, but in their hearts deny God by denying His power thereof and making their worship vain. “Well did Isaias prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. And in vain do they worship me, teaching doctrines and precepts of men.” (Mk. 7:6-7) Fallen-away Catholics teach precepts of men, such as NFP, and not of God, making their worship vain.

Once faith is lost, sin abounds and spirals out-of-control producing the resultant evil fruits. “Augustine was wont to say ‘When all restraints are removed by which men are kept on the narrow path of truth, their nature, which is already inclined to evil, propels them to ruin.’” Sin spirals out-of-control because there is no remedy for it while the offenders are outside the Catholic Church due to their loss of the faith. A Catholic who is in mortal sin has hope, because he can go to confession to have his sins forgiven. A Catholic who loses the faith is no longer Catholic and thus he cannot go to confession to have his sins forgiven. If he did go to confession it would be to no avail, and a sacrilege, until he first enters the Church by conversion and abjuration of his heresies or schisms. A Catholic has the whole Church praying for him as one of Her members as a top priority, and thus he has great privileges and special graces available to him that non-Catholics do not have access to.

Abortion is the result of failed contraceptive practices

All sin produces evil fruit according to its quality and quantity. What are the fruits of NFP? They are very evil fruits indeed, small families, unbridled lust, selfishness, materialism, greed, discord, contentions, disobedience in all ranks, alcoholism, drug addiction, also abortion, which is a direct result of failed contraceptive practices.

Pope Pius XI, Casti Connubii: All of which agrees with the stern words of the Bishop of Hippo in denouncing those wicked parents who seek to remain childless, and failing in this, are not ashamed to put their children to death: “Sometimes this lustful cruelty or cruel lust goes so far as to seek to procure a baneful sterility, and if this fails, the foetus conceived in the womb is in one way or another smothered or evacuated, in the desire to destroy the offspring before it has life, or if it already lives in the womb, to kill it before it is born. If both man and woman are party to such practices, they are not spouses at all; and if from the first they have carried on thus they have come together not for honest wedlock, but for impure gratification”.

If the plan to prevent conception fails, then abortion, the murder of the infant in the womb of the mother, is the solution. This is the great cost men pay to fulfill their unbridled sinful lust. Unbridled lust shows its ugly head in many ways; by sexual abuse of all sorts from harassment to rape, to the carrying out of the act with family members (incest) and others; by viewing pornography; in their children who cannot control their lusts because they were conceived primarily in lust and raised in lust. Greed manifests itself because of the selfish nature that leads spouses to practice contraception. Objects and things that bring them momentary pleasure are more important to them than people, more important than having children. The children they do have are only sentimental ornaments that lend their perverted marriage an air of acceptance. They have no true love or care for their children, because the parents are lovers of themselves more than God. They are more interested in what brings them momentary pleasure. What they do not realize is that true pleasure and peace only comes from obeying all of God’s commandments and raising godly children if God wills they should have children. Parents sit their children in front of a Television to baby-sit them, while the parents fulfill, or work to fulfill, their own selfish interests. They drop off their children at day care centers for strangers to care for them. Can you imagine if our Blessed Mother Mary, after having received the greatest gift that any man can ever receive, the infant Jesus, God and Man, dropped Him off with godless strangers to care for Him. Parents, due to their selfish, materialistic, and covetous nature, have shirked their duty to bring children into the world and then educate and train them to be godly—as faithful and obedient Catholics, so that they may have a hope to save their souls.

St. John Chrysostom, Homilies on Matthew 28:5, A.D. 391: “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.”

St. John Chrysostom, Homilies on Romans 24, A.D. 391: “Why do you sow where the field is eager to destroy the fruit, where there are medicines of sterility, 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 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.”

Lack of Faith that God Can Regulate, Feed, Clothe, and Protect Families

Fallen-away Catholics exhibit their loss of the Catholic faith by a lack of faith in the God whom they profess to believe in. How does this lack of faith in God exhibit itself with those who practice contraception? They deny God’s power to open and close wombs, to feed, shelter, and provide for all the other necessities of their families. Many verbally profess belief in miracles, while in their hearts they do not really believe. Many do not even profess belief in miracles.

Must always hope conception occurs, even if humanly impossible

If God wills for a couple to have none, few, or many children, He will regulate conception during the marital act so that it will be so. Dear reader, do you believe that? Do you really believe? Prove it by condemning contraception and never practice it again. Always desire and hope that conception should take place during every marital act, even if by a miracle. Do not take the place of God. Let God regulate whether or not conception occurs during your marital act.

God feeds the birds which neither reap nor sow

“And he will love thee and multiply thee, and will bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy vintage, thy oil, and thy herds, and the flocks of thy sheep upon the land, for which he swore to thy fathers that he would give it thee.” (Deut. 7:13)

The word of God condemns anyone who attempts to excuse the mortal sin of contraception for any reason, one being economic. Those who use the economic excuse faithlessly say that if they have too many children they will not be able to feed or clothe them, or provide their other necessities. These fallen-away Catholics do not really believe in the word and power of God.

“Therefore I say to you: Be not solicitous for your life, what you shall eat, nor for your body, what you shall put on. The life is more than the meat: and the body is more than the raiment. Consider the ravens, for they sow not, neither do they reap, neither have they storehouse nor barn, and God feedeth them. How much are you more valuable than they? …Consider the lilies, how they grow: they labour not, neither do they spin. But I say to you, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these. Now, if God clothe in this manner the grass that is to-day in the field and to-morrow is cast into the oven: how much more you, O ye of little faith? …seek ye first the kingdom of God and his justice: and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Lk. 12:22-24, 27-28, 31)

Dear reader, you will either truly believe in the word of God or not. It does no good to say you believe while your actions prove otherwise. “Let us not love in word nor in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” (1Jn. 3:18) Your professed faith is tested when it comes time to put it into action. “Faith without works is dead. (Ja. 2:20) Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” (Ja. 1:22) Only those are blessed who hear the word of God and keep it. “Blessed are they who hear the word of God and keep it.” (Lk. 11:28) Do you really believe God can feed, clothe, and shelter your family no matter how big it is?

Lactantius, Divine Institutes 6:20 A.D. 307: “[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.”

Woe to faithless fallen-away Catholics who say they cannot feed their families due to difficult economic conditions, implying God cannot provide for them. Nothing is impossible with God.

Pope Pius XI, Casti Connubii: “We are deeply touched by the sufferings of those parents who, in extreme want, experience great difficulty in rearing their children. However, they should take care lest the calamitous state of their external affairs should be the occasion for a much more calamitous error. No difficulty can arise that justifies putting aside the law of God which prohibits all acts intrinsically evil. There is no possible circumstance in which husband and wife cannot, strengthened by the Grace of God, fulfill faithfully their duties and preserve in wedlock their chastity unspotted. This truth of Christian faith is expressed by the teaching of the Council of Trent: “Let no one be so rash as to assert that which the Fathers of the Council have placed under anathema, namely that there are precepts of God impossible for the just to observe. God does not ask the impossible, but by His commands, instructs you to do what you are able, to pray for what you are not able that He may help you”.

Famine, plague, war, exile, and death are not due to big families

If you cannot feed your family it is not because of the size of your family. If God is not shunned by the deliberate prevention of conception, then God will certainly provide for the family. God will make available all its necessities, provided the family does not incur God’s wrath for other reasons, or if God sees they should die as persecuted martyrs. To suffer persecution for God, such as martyrdom by starvation, is the greatest provision God can give, by providing the soul with immediate entry into Heaven as a saint. Famine, plague, all sorts of calamity, or martyrdom that befalls families is not due to the number of children, but because of disobedience or obedience to God. When God strikes a land with famine, or similar conditions that make it impossible for families to sustain themselves, they all die, no matter how small or large their families are. The punishment is not due to the size of the family. When God allows persecution and martyrdom to come upon His faithful chosen, to test their faith and to witness to unbelievers, they die in obedience to God. Their death has nothing whatsoever to do with the number of children they have. God has demonstrated many times how He protects His faithful while at the same time sending famine and death to obstinate evildoers.

What they fear comes upon them in unknown ways

“That which the wicked feareth, shall come upon him.” (Prv. 10:24) When spouses deliberately plan to prevent conception, taking the place of God, God abandons them and their families. Many times people cry out to God for help when they are in dire straights. When all is well they disobey or ignore Him. If they should appeal to God in a time of need, God says to them, “You abandoned Me by following your own sinful ways, now provide for your needs yourselves!”

“You have despised all my counsel, and have neglected my reprehensions. I also will laugh in your destruction, and will mock when that shall come to you which you feared. When sudden calamity shall fall on you, and destruction, as a tempest, shall be at hand: when tribulation and distress shall come upon you: Then shall they call upon me, and I will not hear: they shall rise in the morning, and shall not find me: Because they have hated instruction, and received not the fear of the Lord, Nor consented to my counsel, but despised all my reproof. Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and shall be filled with their own devices. (Proverbs. 1:25-31)

They work harder and are not at peace

Spouses who use contraception to limit the number of children actually increase their burden instead of lessening it. It does not matter if they have small or large families. Even spouses that have large families who then decide to use contraception fall under the same curse from God as those who use contraception and have small families. What the faithless do not see is that God punishes them by making them work much harder than they would if they did not use contraception. They work harder as a result of their sins, which are selfish in nature. All the work they do is for carnal purposes, to support and maintain a gluttonous and extravagant lifestyle, at least that is their goal even if they have not achieved it to their satisfaction. In reality gluttons and materialistic men are never satisfied no matter how much they have, thus they are disquieted most of the time and in many ways. “The eye of the covetous man is insatiable in his portion of iniquity: he will not be satisfied till he consume his own soul, drying it up. (Eclcus. 14:9) There is no peace to the wicked” (Isa. 57:21) The sin of materialism they are afflicted with causes them to covetously desire fancy homes with all the modern conveniences and gadgets, fancy new cars, two vacations or more a year, etc. All this has caused them to work harder than if they had a larger unplanned family and lived frugally. How often do we hear them say, I have all these things but no time to enjoy them? They run around like chickens with their heads cut off, every which way, busy about much, with no time to contemplate on what is really important. One of Satan’s main ploys is to keep men so busy that they cannot think about God. Remember Satan’s ploy against the Israelites. Satan, speaking through Pharaoh, increased the workload of the Israelites so they would not have time to worship God.

“Moses and Aaron went in, and said to Pharao: Thus saith the Lord God of Israel: Let my people go, that they may sacrifice to me in the desert… The king of Egypt said to them: Why do you Moses and Aaron draw off the people from their works? Get you gone to your burdens…. Therefore he commanded the same day the overseers of the works, and the task-masters of the people, saying: You shall give straw no more to the people to make brick, as before; but let them go and gather straw. And you shall lay upon them the task of bricks, which they did before; neither shall you diminish any thing thereof, for they are idle, and therefore they cry, saying: Let us go and sacrifice to our God. Let them be oppressed with works, and let them fulfill them.” (Ex. 5: 1. 4,6-9)

If men do not have proper time to think about God, not just a fleeting thought, they have no hope of finding Him. Just look around any city and you will see people running hither-thither going about at a mad pace with barely enough time to say hello to anyone. You do not see people talking with one another at leisure anymore on street corners or in parks. “Take heed to yourselves, lest perhaps your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness and the cares of this life: and that day come upon you suddenly.” (Lk. 21:34-36) It is only when people soberly think, contemplate, talk, and seek that there can be any hope for them to find God. This is not a guarantee that they will find God, but without it there is no hope at all. “Without faith it is impossible to please God. For he that cometh to God must believe that he is: and is a rewarder to them that seek him. (Heb. 11:6) Seek and you shall find.” (Mt. 7:7) Those who seek with a true and unfeigned heart will find, because they are the elect who are of good will.

Parents do not even have time to spend with their own children, thus they invented the worldly evil slogan, “Quality time over quantity.” This is another tradition of men that has done away with God’s commandment to raise and educate godly children. Parents imagine they can spend around one hour a day with their children, heaping on them a false, mushy love, many times bribing them by giving them what ever they want and then ignore them the other 23 hours. If the infant needs his diaper changed outside the quality time limit, then he must sit in his mess until his scheduled visit from his mom, or she could get someone else to do her duty. Children need 24-hour care, not just one, two, three, or twelve hours a day. Raising godly children is a full time job. It means cooking, cleaning, teaching, and vigilance every hour of every day of every year. Yes, it is a duty, and woe to those who shirk it. For surely as God is the God of the Holy Catholic Church, He will abandon you also, just as you have abandoned your own children. He will let you sit in the mess of your own sins. If the father and mother have done their duty well, let them say in all humility, “We are unprofitable servants; we have done that which we ought to do.” (Lk. 17:10) In other words, do not pat yourselves on the back, for you have only done what you must do if you want a hope to be saved and enter Heaven. If you truly loved yourself, spouse, and children, you would first and foremost do whatever you must to procure eternal salvation for you and them.

The evil fruit of disobedience

Even when parents and children are home and at rest they sit in front of the Television and get brainwashed. Perverted families look at perverted shows about perverted families, while not even talking with their own family members. They live through the perverted families they see on TV and imitate them. They turn fantasy into reality, thus their lives have become nightmares. They have become robots with no true personalities, who are programmed to sin without the least pang of conscience. God, indeed, punishes these perverted families by the natural consequences of their sins. “By what things a man sinneth, by the same also he is tormented.” (Wis. 11:17) One of these punishments is disobedient wives and children. Thus you have families in which the natural order of hierarchal submission is turned upside down and the resultant discord that follows.

“As for my people, their oppressors have stripped them, and women have ruled over them… I will give children to be their princes, and the effeminate shall rule over them… And the people shall rush one upon another, and every man against his neighbor: the child shall make a tumult against the ancient, and the base against the honorable. (Isaiah 3:12, 4-5) And the brother shall betray his brother unto death, and the father his son; and children shall rise up against their parents and shall work their death.” (Mark 13:12)

When wives disobey their husbands and children rise up against their parents, husbands and parents act surprised! But by what right do they have to complain? Have they not fostered rebellion in their homes? Because they have rebelled against God, fallen-away Catholics being the worst of all, rebellion is in the midst of them. “Because it is like the sin of witchcraft, to rebel: and like the crime of idolatry, to refuse to obey.” (1Ki. 15:23) Because they would not obey God, obedience is not rendered to them when it is due. Where does it all end? It ends in most cases, in adultery, separation, or divorce and sinful second unions that are not marriages. In other cases it maintains an illusion of a marriage and family, in which the spouses and children are alienated from one another, each going about their own selfish interests. These perverted families are cold and sterile with happy-faces pasted in front of their true faces; their true faces of greed, selfishness, pride, envy, hopelessness, despair, melancholy, boredom, restlessness, the root being hatred toward the true God. There is only one remedy, come to God with your whole heart and soul by becoming Catholic in word and deed before it is too late.

Pope Pius XI, Ingravescentibus Malis, On the Rosary, 1937: 1. There is no remedy for the ever-growing evils of our times except a return to Our Lord Jesus Christ and to His most holy precepts. Truly, only He “hath the words of eternal life” (Jn. 6: 69), and individuals and society can only fall into immediate and miserable ruin if they ignore the majesty of God and repudiate His Law. St. Pope Pius X, Communium Rerum, 1909: More bitter shall be the consequences of these threats when the vices of society are being multiplied, when the sin of rulers and of the people consists especially in the exclusion of God and in rebellion against the Church of Christ: that double social apostasy which is the deplorable fount of anarchy, corruption, and endless misery for the individual and for society.

Pope Pius XI Condemns All Excuses

The Church’s infallible teachings on faith and morals admit to no exceptions. There can be no excuses to violate these laws. The word of God, as infallibly taught by His Catholic Church, condemns all acts of contraception as intrinsically evil. Therefore, there can be no excuse for engaging in the marital act while having planned to prevent conception. Pope Pius XI makes specific mention of some of the common excuses put forward by those who practice contraception and condemns them.

Pope Pius XI, Casti Connubii: And now, Venerable Brethren, We shall explain in detail the evils opposed to each of the benefits of matrimony. First consideration is due the offspring, which many have the audacity to call the disagreeable burden of matrimony and which they say is to be carefully avoided by married people… by frustrating the marriage act. Some justify this criminal abuse on the ground that they are weary of children and wish to gratify their desires without their consequent burden. Others say that they cannot on the one hand remain continent nor on the other can they have children because of the difficulties, whether on the part of the mother or on the part of family circumstances. But, no reason, however grave, may be put forward by anything intrinsically against nature may become conformable to nature and morally good. Since, therefore, the conjugal act is destined primarily by nature for the begetting of children, those who in exercising it deliberately frustrate its natural power and purpose, sin against nature, and commit a deed which is shameful and intrinsically vicious.

Pope Pius XI teaches, “no reason, however grave, may be put forward by anything intrinsically against nature,” which means not even the death of the mother can be prevented at the cost of killing the child or visa-versa

One of the grave reasons brought forward by NFP defenders to justify its use is extreme poverty. Yet, Pope Pius XI specifically condemns this along with all reasons.

Pope Pius XI, Casti Connubii: We are deeply touched by the sufferings of those parents who, in extreme want, experience great difficulty in rearing their children. However, they should take care lest the calamitous state of their external affairs should be the occasion for a much more calamitous error. No difficulty can arise that justifies putting aside the law of God which prohibits all acts intrinsically evil. There is no possible circumstance in which husband and wife cannot, strengthened by the Grace of God, fulfill faithfully their duties and preserve in wedlock their chastity unspotted. This truth of Christian faith is expressed by the teaching of the Council of Trent: “Let no one be so rash as to assert that which the Fathers of the Council have placed under anathema, namely that there are precepts of God impossible for the just to observe. God does not ask the impossible, but by His commands, instructs you to do what you are able, to pray for what you are not able that He may help you.”

Pope Pius XI clearly teaches that spouses who do not desire conception takes place during the conjugal act because of poverty have no faith in God to provide for them and regulate the size of their family and have also committed a mortal sin, an intrinsically evil act, which brings down the calamitous wrath of God upon them.

The sin of Enflaming Concupiscence

“That… you may be made partakers of the divine nature: flying the corruption of that concupiscence which is in the world.” (2 Pt. 1:4)

Various Errors on Moral Subjects, Condemned in a decree of the Holy Office, March 4, 1679: “9. The act of marriage exercised for pleasure only is entirely free of all fault and venial defect—condemned.”

The Catholic Church teaches that the marital act cannot be used to enflame concupiscence. If the marital act is used to enflame concupiscence, then sin is committed. The goal of a godly couple’s marital relations is to put out the fire of lust by committing the act with a sense of shame and acknowledgement of the weakness of the flesh. The goal of enflaming concupiscence is to ignite the fire to greater levels, higher excitation, exalting the flesh while suppressing shame and the weakness of the flesh. Examples of things a couple can do to enflame concupiscence are to have marital relations in light instead of in darkness or that they indulge in foreplay or that they expose more skin that is absolutely necessary for the marital act to be completed. The enflaming of concupiscence usually starts out as a venial sin and if continued always ends in mortal sin, because all control is lost. “Go not after thy lusts, but turn away from thy own will.” (Eclcus. 18:30)

If spouses do not work toward perfection by trying to eliminate concupiscence, then, when one dies, the other is very susceptible to committing mortal sin by illicitly quelling concupiscence. When I told a married man that NFP is a mortal sin, he said that this couldn’t be true because he cannot control his lust and he cannot afford to have any more children; therefore, he had to practice NFP. He mocks and denies God’s grace by saying he cannot control his lust, and he has no true faith in God who feeds the birds who neither reap nor sow nor gather into barns. Jesus Christ is the divine physician and healer who can cure any and all faults and sinful conditions. I asked him, “If you cannot control your lust now, what would you do if your wife dies tomorrow?” “How would you fulfill your lust then?” If, as he said, he cannot control his lust, he would commit mortal sin by finding a way to fulfill his lust one way or another.

Path to Purity and Perfection

Dear reader, you should now be able to see clearly that whosoever comes together in the marital act for fleshly lust over them the devil has power. St. Raphael the Archangel, one of the seven archangels that stand before God’s throne, teaches what God’s will is for spouses in the use of the marital act:

“Then the angel Raphael said to him [Tobias]: Hear me, and I will shew thee who they are, over whom the devil can prevail. For they who in such manner receive matrimony, as to shut out God from themselves, and from their mind, and to give themselves to their lust, as the horse and mule, which have not understanding, over them the devil hath power. …And when the third night is past, thou shalt take the virgin with the fear of the Lord, moved rather for love of children than for lust, that in the seed of Abraham thou mayest obtain a blessing in children… [Tobias said] And now, Lord, thou knowest, that not for fleshly lust do I take my sister to wife, but only for the love of posterity, in which thy name may be blessed for ever and ever.” (Tob. 6:16-17, 22; 8:9)

The only purpose spouses should engage in the martial act is for the “love of posterity” (children), not for lust. No, St. Raphael says, spouses should come together “only for the love of posterity.” Spouses who come together to gratify fleshly lust, over them Satan has power.

The goal of every true Catholic is to be a saint. That means they must strive to be perfect and holy as God is perfect and holy. “Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect. (Mt. 5:48) It is written: You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (1Pt. 1:16)

There are some fundamental rules that all spouses need to learn in order to have a happy marriage. First, you should always pray the Rosary together or individually before the time you intend to have marital relations, and beg God on your knees that he will grant you children for the honor of His Holy name. Second, you should pray to God that none of you will sin in thought or deed while the marital act is being done. Third, you should always remember that God is present with you when you are doing the marital act. This will hinder you from searching to enflame your lust. Fourth, you should always have darkness in the room in order that you may not enflame concupiscence. Fifth, you should always expose as little flesh as possible during the marital relations. The way to perfection, regarding the marital act, is that spouses only perform the marital act with the sole intention and hope to bearing children. That means spouses are to be chaste during the monthly infertile period of the woman. We read in the Old Testament that God had forbid the marital act during the infertile monthly cycle of the woman and when she is pregnant. “The woman, who at the return of the month, hath her issue of blood, shall be separated seven days.” (Lev. 15:19) Haydock Commentary: “Days, not only out of the camp, but from the company of men. As soon as a woman shows signs of pregnancy, intercourse would cease until the birth of the child. “Thou shalt not approach to a woman having her flowers [ed. pregnancy]: neither shalt thou uncover her nakedness.” (Lev. 18:19) Haydock Commentary: “Saint Augustine believes that this law is still in force. [On Lev. 20:18] This intemperance was by a positive law declared a mortal offence of the Jews.” Another instance of divine condemnation of marital relations during pregnancy is found in The Revelations of St. Bridget Book 10 or appendix. St. Bridget asks a man that is now in purgatory about the specific reasons why he escaped eternal hell. This is the third reason why he escaped hell: “The third [reason] is that I obeyed my teacher who advised me to abstain from my wife’s bed when I understood that she was pregnant.” Thus, it is perfectly clear that those who have marital relations when they know about the pregnancy is sinning against God and the natural law, for the woman cannot become pregnant again, and their sole motive is then to satisfy their unbridled lusts.

See also in The Revelations of St. Bridget Book 1, Chapter 26 for a condemnation of NFP advocates by Christ. Click here!

If one of the spouse’s is barren, the act can still be performed with the hope that God will grant a miracle of conception. In this path to perfection, the lustful aspect, the momentary pleasure of the flesh is fought against, conquered, and thus utterly despised. “Flying the corruption of that concupiscence which is in the world.” (2Pt. 1:4) To say that this cannot be achieved is to deny the power of God and His grace. “Being confident of this very thing: that he who hath begun a good work in you will perfect it unto the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 1:6) The weapons of the Catholic faith: grace, persevering prayer, sacrifice, mortification, and penance are more than sufficient to conquer any sin, or sinful inclination, or fault. We read the following in The Golden Legend or The Lives of The Saints. “I have seen thy shame (St. Joachim) and heard the reproach. That thou art barren is to thee no reproach by right, and God is venger of sin and not of nature. And when he closeth the belly or womb, he worketh so that he openeth it after, more marvellously. And the fruit that shall be born shall not be seen to come forth by lechery, but that it be known that it is of the gift of God. The first mother of your people was Sara, and she was barren unto the ninetieth year, and had only Isaac, to whom the benediction of all people was promised. And was not Rachel long barren? And yet had she not after Joseph, that held all the seigniory of Egypt? which was more strong than Samson, and more holy than Samuel? And yet were their mothers barren. Thus mayst thou believe by reason and by ensample that the childings long abiden be wont to be more marvellous. And therefore Anne thy wife shall have a daughter, and thou shalt call her Mary (Blessed Virgin Mary), and she, as ye have avowed, shall be from her infancy sacred unto our Lord, and shall be full of the Holy Ghost…” (From The Golden Legend or The Lives of The Saints, Vol 5, p. 59.) There is no guarantee that God ever grants barren couples children. God may want you to remain childless, and then you have to accept this fact. God may want you to remain childless for the fact that he knows you will serve him more devotedly by it. We can read examples of this from the lives of Zacharias and Elizabeth. We can also read many other examples from the Bible as well of God granting barren couples Holy children first after they made vow of raising the child holy in the service of God. God may want you to use your time and effort in giving birth to spiritual children which is far greater than to give birth to fleshly children. “These two, Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth, were just tofore our Lord, living in all the justifications, and holding all the commandments of the law without murmur ne complaint, praising and thanking our Lord God. They had no children, for the holy woman was barren. They had great desire to have a son that might be bishop of the law by succession of lineage after Zacharias, and hereof had they in their youth prayed much to our Lord, but when it pleased not unto our Lord, they took it a worth and thanked God of all. They served the more devoutly our Lord God, for they had no charge but only to serve and entend unto him. Many there be that withdraw them from the service and love of our Lord for the love of their children.”

The Origin of Fleshly Lust

From whence comes this fleshly lust, this momentary pleasure to the flesh? It came after Adam and Eve committed the original sin.

St. Augustine, City of God, Book XIV, Chapter 12: “…lust, which only afterwards sprung up as the penal consequence of [original] sin, the iniquity of violating it was all the greater in proportion to the ease with which it might have been kept.”

God had originally created the sexual act between man and woman to be no more pleasing to the flesh then a handshake and childbirth was not to be painful. The emphasis on the flesh, both the momentary pleasure during the act and pain during childbirth, are effects of Adam and Eve’s original sin. After Adam and Eve committed original sin, they covered their private parts indicating a violation had occurred in this area not intended by God. This quick, momentary pleasure during the sexual act placed the excitation of the flesh at the center of attention instead of the true cause, which is the procreation of a child. Satan always promises a quick thrill while death lies underneath. This strange sensation that Adam and Eve experienced, this momentary pleasure of the flesh, was at the same time very shameful, something alien to them, to which they sensed a loss of control over their bodies. It is a misplaced and inordinate pleasure. Circumcision, which brings pain where a pleasure never belonged, is a sign that God reclaimed dominion over those that faithfully bore it, so that the devil may not tempt them with lust.

The pleasure of the marital act was to be purely spiritual, the joy of bringing a godly child into the world who can be loved and return love, who would be a source of joy, comfort, and aid. The whole focus of attention during the marital act was to be solely the joy of bringing a godly child into their family and the world. Since the fall of Adam and Eve, the deep, spiritual love of bringing a soul, a human being, into the world had to compete with the pleasure of the flesh. It is a misplaced and inordinate pleasure that distracts from the intention of the marital act and is selfish in nature. Selfish, because gratification of the flesh had entered a realm where it does not belong. The motive of bringing a child into the world had to compete with the motive of self-gratification of the flesh. Spouses who allow the motive of self-gratification (fleshly lust) to usurp the motive of bringing a child into the world will be infected with the sin of self-love. They will not be able to truly love God, their children, or even themselves. “Men shall be… lovers of pleasure more than of God.” (2 Tim. 3:1-5)

More on this point can be read in the following words from our Lord in St. Bridget’s Revelations: “But now, my bride, for whose sake all these things are being said and shown, you might ask, how children would have been born by them if they had not sinned? I shall answer you: In truth, by the love of God and the mutual devotion and union of the flesh wherein they both would have been set on fire internally, love’s blood would have sown its seed in the woman’s body without any shameful lust, and so the woman would have become fertile. Once the child was conceived without sin and lustful desire, I would have sent a soul into the child from my Divinity, and the woman would have carried the child and given birth to it without pain. When the child was born, it would have been perfect like Adam when he was first created. But this honor was despised by man when he obeyed the devil and coveted a greater honor than I had given to him. After the disobedience was enacted, my angel came over them and they were ashamed over their nakedness, and they immediately experienced the lust and desire of the flesh and suffered hunger and thirst. Then they also lost me, for when they had me, they did not feel any hunger or sinful fleshly lust or shame, but I alone was all their good and pleasure and perfect delight. But when the devil rejoiced over their perdition and fall, I was moved with compassion for them and did not abandon them but showed them a threefold mercy: I clothed them when they were naked and gave them bread from the earth. And for the sensuality the devil had aroused in them after their disobedience, I gave and created souls in their seed through my Divinity. And all the evil the devil tempted them with, I turned to good for them entirely.” (Jesus Christ, The Son of God, speaking in an excerpt from the Revelations of St. Bridget, Book 1, Chapter 26)

Not all pleasures are evil. To say so is heresy. God created good and pleasurable things that redound to His glory and greatness and proves His love and care for His creatures. A pleasure can be good or bad. A bad pleasure is one that always brings with it slavery to self and others. Thus, God always forbids a bad pleasure. Some bad pleasures are sexual lust, delight in degrading and hurting others, love of money, delight in others sins, the temporary euphoria from a deadly drug, etc. A good pleasure, in its proper time, place, and quantity is good. A good pleasure can be abused and lead to sin by improper use—outside its proper time, place, and quantity. St. Francis for example put ashes in his food in order to make his food taste bad, because he understood that the five senses and the search to gratify them made the soul weaker. Now, does that mean that eating is a sin? Of course not, but one should definitely avoid all things that are tasty and addictive such as alcohol, cigarettes, candy, chips, cakes, spices etc. The five senses of man were after the fall corrupted by self-love and that is why countless saints have refused to eat food that is tasty. Not that it’s sinful to eat tasty food, but if one always wants to eat these foods, it will become sinful, for gluttony is certainly a sin. We don’t know if smoking in very small amounts once in a while is a sin. But we believe that smoking habitually or regularly is a sin, and it definitely cuts out graces from people’s lives. We don’t see how those who smoke habitually, for example throughout the day, would be any different from people who eat candy all day and thus try to constantly gratify themselves in that way. Hell is too long and life is too short to pander to your five senses, that’s for sure! No Excuses for Those Who Use NFP

All those who use Natural Family Planning commit mortal sin. There is a natural law upon all men’s hearts and the practice of NFP violates that law. Pope Pius XI teaches there are no exceptions and no excuses. No excuses, even if your priest or bishop said it can be used.

Pope Pius XI, Casti Connubii: We admonish, therefore, priests who hear confessions and others who have the care of souls, in virtue of Our Supreme authority and in Our solicitude for the salvation of souls, not to allow the faithful entrusted to them to err regarding this most grave law of God; much more, that they keep themselves immune from such false opinions, in no way conniving in them. If any confessor or pastor of souls, which may God forbid, lead the faithful entrusted to him into these errors, or should at least confirm them by approval or by guilty silence, let him be mindful of the fact that he must render a strict account to God, the Supreme Judge, for the betrayal of his sacred trust, and let him take to himself the words of Christ: “They are blind and leaders of the blind: and if the blind lead the blind, both fall into the pit”.

Follow Up Questions and Answers

Breast Feeding

A natural consequence of breast-feeding is that the mother is infertile while breast-feeding. The only just reason for breast-feeding is for the nourishment of the infant. The sin of contraception is committed if at anytime that just reason, breast-feeding to nourish the infant, is perverted by being replaced with the unjust reason of having relations without the possibility of conception. The fact that conception cannot take place is naturally beyond the control of the spouses during this period of time. The very second spouses use breast-feeding to maintain the infertile period so as to prevent conception when they have relations, they commit the mortal sin of contraception. They have replaced the only just and natural reason for breast-feeding, which is nourishment of the infant, with the unjust and unnatural reason of deliberately using it to maintain the infertile period so conception will not take place when they have relations. Breast-feeding, when perverted in this manner, is used as a contraception. It is also best to remain chaste during this period.

Unnatural Use of the Natural Cycle

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is unnatural. It is the unnatural use of the natural cycles of the wife by effectively eliminating the natural cycle of fertility. It is a plan by man, not God, which makes use of only one cycle, the infertile cycle, while deliberately shunning the other. This is a complete overturning of God’s purpose for the natural cycles. In God’s perfect plan, spouses are to only have relations when they either know, or suspect the woman is in her fertile cycle. In the case of a barren womb or sterile male seed, spouses can hope for a miracle of conception.

The sin of contraception is not committed in the case of a barren womb or sterile male seed if the spouses always desire to have children if God should grant a miracle of conception. In the above mentioned cases the spouses can commit other sins of lust, if they seek to inflame concupiscence, but they would not commit the sin of contraception.

The natural cycles of a fruit tree

A fruit tree has its natural cycles for fertility and infertility. There is a proper time to fertilize the tree. If a gardener fertilized the tree when it was not fertile nothing will come of it. If he were a good gardener he would only fertilize it during its known fertile cycle in order for it to conceive and thus produce fruit. Now, what is to be said of a gardener who only fertilizes the tree during its infertile cycle, while deliberately not fertilizing it during its fertile period? He would have made an unnatural use of the natural cycles of the tree, so unnatural that the people would think him either insane or a hater of fruit. Bad enough, would they say he is, if they see him stupidly wasting time and fertilizing material when nothing can come of it, but worse beyond compare is he when he deliberately stops fertilizing the tree just when it is fertile. Now, if for some reason, not in contempt for the fruit and with the good of the tree in mind, the gardener does not want the tree to bear fruit, then he would not fertilize the tree at all. This is equivalent to honorable continence.

Honorable vs. Dishonorable Continence

To deliberately remain chaste during the fertile cycle while having relations only during the infertile cycle is dishonorable continence and is chastity for Satan. It is chastity in the service of lust, and that is not true chastity. Far from honorable is this dark and dastardly deed. The only reason the spouses remain chaste during the fertile period is so they cannot bear children while at the same time having planned to commit the act as soon as the fertile period is over. This is only pretend chastity; pretend continence.

Man Plays Stupid, and God will not be Mocked

Some, evading the issue, say that when NFP is used, conception can still take place if God grants it, thus the spouses are open to conception. Well if it were true that the spouses are open to conception then why all the planning by the spouses to prevent conception by only having relations during the infertile period? The sin resides in the intention of the spouses, not the fact that God may still grant conception in spite of their plan against it. The same can be said of any contraceptive device or technique. None are 100 percent guaranteed to prevent conception. Even those who were sterilized have conceived. Sadly, these are the children that are referred to by these bastard parents as mistakes. The children they bear will be children of fornication whom God will use to torment the parents. Question this not, O blind men, who love evil and love to play stupid. Do you not see the discord in your own families, the rebellion of children against their rebellious parents? Sin begets sin. In that which you sin, you shall be punished. Think not that God is like sinful men in that He lets sin go unpunished. Open your eyes and observe the history of fallen man. Has God ever allowed sin to go unpunished? Look at the lust that infects the fallen-away priests who promote NFP?

Examine your conscience now, all you who use NFP, and confess your mortal sins before it is too late. Examine your conscience real good and ask yourself if you had deliberately planned to prevent conception when you performed the marital act. It does not matter what the lust filled faithless priest tells you. He cannot quell your conscience, because this sin violates the law God has written upon your heart. This priest will not be able to console you when you are both in hell. Take to heart Pope Pius XI warning in Casti Connubii. “They are blind and leaders of the blind: and if the blind lead the blind, both fall into the pit.” The priests and the people they are leading astray will all go to hell for this sin alone.

A last most important point, there is no remission of sin outside the Catholic Church and that is where most of you readers are. “Outside the Church there is no salvation nor remission of sins.” You must learn the Catholic faith and abjure from your heresies or schisms and thus enter the Catholic Church before your sins can be forgiven. The root of the whole problem that leads to sins of immorality like NFP is the loss of the Catholic faith.

Questions/Statements: Below are two often used statements from sinful and heretical NFP advocates: 1) Natural Family Planning (NFP) can be both sinful and not sinful. It is sinful if it is used as a method of contraception, which is to stop the chance of conceiving because children are not desired. It is not sinful if it is used because of a medical condition, such as the wife’s reproductive system is damaged placing her and her infant in danger of death if she was to conceive and bear children. In this case NFP is not used to prevent conception because children are not desired, but to prevent the possible death of the wife and infant.

2) The sin of contraception is committed when physical devices are used during the marital act so as to prevent conception. NFP does not use a physical device during the marital act to prevent conception, thus the marital act is left open to conception if God so wills it. Therefore, Natural Family Planning is not contraception.

Answers to these heretical and sinful objections:

1) The Medical Condition

Natural Family Planning is contraception. Therefore, it cannot be practiced for any reason. Pope Pius XI condemned contraception for any reason, no matter how grave, specifically mentioning the medical excuse of “difficulties… on the part of the mother” and the economic excuse of “difficulties… on the part of family circumstances.”

Pope Pius XI, Casti Connubii: Others say that they cannot on the one hand remain continent nor on the other can they have children because of the difficulties, whether on the part of the mother or on the part of family circumstances. But, no reason, however grave, may be put forward by anything intrinsically against nature may become conformable to nature and morally good. Since, therefore, the conjugal act is destined primarily by nature for the begetting of children, those who in exercising it deliberately frustrate its natural power and purpose, sin against nature, and commit a deed which is shameful and intrinsically vicious.

Pope Pius XI says, “no reason, however grave, may be put forward by anything intrinsically against nature.”

The thing that he is talking about that is “intrinsically against nature” is contraception and all the various forms and disguises. If the mother and/or infant would be in danger of death due to pregnancy, then either the spouses must refrain from the marital act, not just during the fertile period but also the infertile period, which Pope Pius XI calls “virtuous continence.” Or, if they do engage in the marital act, they must not deliberately plan to prevent conception; they must desire to have children; and, they must bear the consequences of the wife and infant’s possible death if the wife gets pregnant, while favoring the life of neither if pregnancy occurs. Pope Pius sums this up as follows.

Pope Pius XI, Casti Connubii: “As to the ‘medical and therapeutic indication’ to which, using their own words, we have made reference, Venerable Brethren, however much we may pity the mother whose health and even life is imperiled in the performance of the duty allotted to her by nature, nevertheless, what could ever be a sufficient reason for excusing in any way the direct murder of the innocent? This is precisely what we are dealing with here. Whether inflicted upon the mother or upon the child, it is against the precept of God and the law of nature: ‘Thou shalt not kill’. The life of each is equally sacred, and no one has the power, not even the public authority, to destroy it… Holy Mother Church very well understands and clearly appreciates all that is said regarding the health of the mother and the danger to her life. And who would not grieve to think of these things? Who is not filled with the greatest admiration when he sees a mother risking her life with heroic fortitude, that she may preserve the life of the offspring which she has conceived? God alone, all bountiful and all merciful as He is, can reward her for the fulfillment of the office allotted to her by nature, and will assuredly repay her in a measure full to overflowing.”

If the mother or infant’s life is threatened by child bearing, then either the marital act is abstained from altogether by virtuous continence, or it is done with the hope of conception, being ready to bear the consequences of the death of the mother or the infant.

Virtuous Continence vs. Contraception

Pope Pius XI, Casti Connubii, IV. Vices Opposed To Christian Marriage: “And now, Venerable Brethren, We shall explain in detail the evils opposed to each of the benefits of matrimony. First consideration is due the offspring, which many have the audacity to call the disagreeable burden of matrimony and which they say is to be carefully avoided by married people not through virtuous continence, but by frustrating the marriage act.”

“Virtuous continence” is neither virtuous or continence if spouses have marital relations during the infertile period while having deliberately planned to avoid having relations during the fertile period. The intent is not to abstain from marital relations. Rather, the intent is precisely to have martial relations while having planned to prevent conception.

Natural Family Planning deliberately attempts to frustrate the marital act’s primary purpose of child bearing. It frustrates the natural fertile cycle, when conception can take place, by deliberately planning only to have relations during the natural infertile cycle. The natural fertile cycle is deliberately, and thus unnaturally frustrated (avoided).

Pope Pius XI, Casti Connubii: “Since, therefore, the conjugal act is destined primarily by nature for the begetting of children, those who in exercising it deliberately frustrate its natural power and purpose, sin against nature, and commit a deed which is shameful and intrinsically vicious.”

Natural Family Planning and Onanism

NFP is a form of Onanism. Onanism is the contraceptive method in which the male withdraws from the marital act so as to pour his seed upon the ground in an attempt to prevent conception. Onan, “when he went in to his brother’s wife, he spilled his seed upon the ground, lest children should be born…” (Gen. 38:9) This form of contraception actually takes place outside the marital act, after the male had withdrawn. Natural Family Planning is similar. It is the performing of the marital act during the infertile period with the hope of pouring the male seed upon infertile ground (an infertile womb), while deliberately withdrawing from the marital act during the fertile period when conception could take place. In the use of Onanism and Natural Family Planning, contraception takes place outside the marital act by withdrawal, the difference being the time period in which the withdrawal takes place. Also, both methods attempt to drop the male seed upon infertile ground, the difference being Onanism drops the male seed upon infertile ground outside the womb, while NFP hopes to drop the male seed upon infertile ground inside an infertile womb. In both cases a deliberate physical withdrawal from the marital act takes place, a deliberate plan is carried out to drop the seed upon infertile ground, and the contraception takes place outside the marital act.

Natural Family Planning and Birth Control Pills

NFP is also similar to the contraceptive method of birth control pills. Birth control pills are used prior to the marital act in an attempt to frustrate the natural fertile cycle by unnaturally inhibiting it. NFP is also used prior to the marital act in an attempt to frustrate the natural fertile cycle by unnaturally avoiding it. The only difference is that one inhibits and the other avoids the natural fertile period. Both plan and prepare for conception not to take place when the marital act is performed.

The two conditions of contraception

Contraception attempts to frustrate the marital act by a deliberate plan of the spouses to prevent conception when they engage in the marital act. Before the marital act there is a premeditated plan to prevent conception in every case. Either the spouses plan to use physical devices during the act; withdraw during the act by spilling the male seed upon the ground; use birth control pills before the act to frustrate the natural fertile cycle by unnaturally inhibiting it; or, use Natural Family Planning before the act to frustrate the natural fertile cycle by unnaturally avoiding it while only engaging in the marital act during the natural infertile period. The motive and goal is the exact same in every case, the deliberate attempt to prevent conception when the marital act is performed. Therefore, the mortal sin of contraception is committed when two conditions are met, the planning to engage in the marital act while also having planned to prevent conception, it does not matter if the plan fails and conception actually takes place, mortal sin is still committed because the intent of the spouses is that conception does not take place.

2) All methods of contraception are open to conception

Just as the use of Onanism and Birth Control Pills are no guarantee that conception will not occur, because it does, so also, Natural Family Planning is no guarantee that conception will not occur, because it does. They are all open to conception if God so wills it. The sin of contraception has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that God can make conception happen, in spite of the spouses’ deliberate plan not to make it happen. The mortal sin of contraception lies in the intent of the spouses, not whether conception actually happens or not.

All marital acts, no matter what contraception method is used, are open to conception if God so wills it. God opens barren wombs past the childbearing years. If the spouses Natural Family Planning succeeds according to their desires and careful planning, then, conception will not take place when they engage in the marital act. I say if it succeeds, because no form of contraception is 100 percent guaranteed. Even men who had vasectomies and women who had their tubes tied or hysterectomies still conceived children. The fact that conception can take place, even after spouses had planned to prevent it, does not allow the spouses the excuse that the act is still open to conception. Because, according to their premeditated plan and intent it is their hope that the marital act is not open to conception, and that is where the mortal sin lies.

For example, is a man who plots to murder another man innocent if an accident prevents him from murdering the man? Even though the murder did not occur, he is guilty because he wanted to murder him. Mortal sin is committed in the intent, even if for some reason the crime cannot be carried out. A married man desires to commit adultery with a woman. He attempts to carry out his plan, but God thwarts it, and he does not succeed. Is this man innocent because his plan and attempted act of adultery failed? No! He is guilty of the mortal sin of adultery because adultery was in his heart; he would have committed it if God did not prevent it. Jesus teaches, “I say to you, that whosoever shall look on a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Mt. 5:28) If after the man failed, he continued to plan and attempt to commit adultery with the woman, he would be guilty of mortal sin every time, whether the plan and attempt succeeds or not. All one needs to know if the sin of contraception has been committed is to ask oneself, while engaging in the marital act, “Do I desire and hope conception takes place if God should grant it?” If you answer no, you committed the mortal sin of contraception. If you answered yes, while having planned by NFP for conception not to take place, you add a mortal sin of lying to the mortal sin of contraception. For if you really wanted conception to take place, you would not have planned to prevent it.

It is the unwillingness to conceive a child while engaging in the marital act that constitutes the mortal sin of contraception, and if there was a premeditated plan to prevent conception, then the mortal sin is committed before the act as soon as the plan is consented to.

St. Augustine, Against Faustus 15:7, A.D. 400: “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. 4:1-4], 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.”

NFP’s Incredible Evidence

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Papal approval of all Roman Congregations’ decrees is illogical

Some people who try to defend the sinful practice of NFP argue that there are many Catholic books with Church approval that teach and approve of these practices. In reality, there are a lot of heretical imprimatured books. It is illogical to presume that a pope reads and thus personally approves all official decrees and responses from the Roman Congregations, along with all unofficial ones attributed to the Roman Congregations found in the many books that publish them, along with reading all books in the world with imprimaturs, along with ruling the Church spiritually and temporally, along with sanctifying his own soul by prayer and meditation, along with sanctifying Catholics as the chief shepherd, and along with calling non-Catholics to conversion.

St. Pope Pius X testifies to the impossibility of a pope’s inspecting every imprimatured book, even with the help of the Holy Office, and also testifies that there were many bad books that were given imprimaturs by either heretical or unvigilant bishops:

St. Pope Pius X, Pacendi Dominici Gregis, 1907: “51. We bid you do everything in your power to drive out of your dioceses, even by solemn interdict, any pernicious books that may be in circulation there. The Holy See neglects no means to put down writings of this kind, but the number of them has now grown to such an extent that it is impossible to censure them all…”

The same logically applies to the official Roman Congregations’ decrees and responses, and more so to the unofficial decrees and responses found in the many books that list them.

The ordinary magisterium condemns the contraceptive intent

A doctrine of faith or morals that is taught by the unanimous consent of the fathers and saints is part of the ordinary magisterium. The unanimous consent of the fathers and saints, and therefore the ordinary magisterium, condemns the contraceptive intent and hence any method used to carry out that intent (which includes the new methods that modern science has invented, such as NFP, foams, and birth control pills).

All the fathers and saints teach that the sin of contraception is committed in thought (intent) as well as in deed. St. Augustine sums it up well:

St. Augustine, 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….”

The intent, the desire, or the prayer that conception does not occur during conjugal relations is when and where the mortal sin of contraception is first committed, even if no contraceptive method is used, because “evil thoughts are an abomination to the Lord.” (Prv. 15:26) During conjugal relations spouses must always desire conception, even if for some reason it is humanly impossible. This is the unanimous teaching of the fathers and saints:

Clement of Alexandria, The Instructor of Children, 2:10:95:3: “To have coitus other than to procreate children is to do injury to nature.”

St. Jerome, Against Jovinian 1:19, A.D. 393: “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?”

All other quotes on this subject from fathers and saints unanimously teach the same. Not one of them teaches that God allows spouses to have conjugal relations without also desiring conception. The intention of the spouses that conception does not occur during conjugal relations is the crux of the matter, the root of the mortal sin of contraception. Even before conjugal relations, spouses have committed the mortal sin of contraception if they had planned or only desired that conception should not take place during conjugal relations. Jesus teaches that sin is first committed in the heart even before a man carries out his sinful deed. He says, “You have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not commit adultery. But I say to you, that whosoever shall look on a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Mt. 5:27-28)

The solemn magisterium infallibly condemns the contraceptive intent

A doctrine of faith or morals becomes part of the solemn (extraordinary) magisterium when a pope infallibly defines it and hence makes it a dogma of faith or morals. Not only the ordinary magisterium but also the solemn magisterium, by an infallible definition from Pope Pius XI’s encyclical Casti Connubii in 1930, condemn the contraceptive intent and hence any method used to carry out that intent (which includes any new methods that science and medicine had not yet invented, such as birth control pills that were introduced to the public in the early 1960’s

The infallible part of the encyclical that condemns the contraceptive intent, and hence any method used to carry out that intent, is merely confirming a moral decree that is written upon all men’s hearts: that the primary purpose of marriage and thus conjugal relations is procreation, to be fruitful and multiply. This condemns the opposite belief as heretical: that spouses can have conjugal relations without desiring to procreate. Even if for some reason procreation is impossible, spouses must still desire to procreate during conjugal relations, hoping that God may grant a miracle of conception.

Pius XI again teaches below that no reason, not even extreme poverty, can justify a spouse’s desire that conception does not take place during conjugal relations:

Pope Pius XI, Casti Connubii: “We are deeply touched by the sufferings of those parents who, in extreme want, experience great difficulty in rearing their children. However, they should take care lest the calamitous state of their external affairs should be the occasion for a much more calamitous error. No difficulty can arise that justifies putting aside the law of God which prohibits all acts intrinsically evil. There is no possible circumstance in which husband and wife cannot, strengthened by the grace of God, fulfill faithfully their duties and preserve in wedlock their chastity unspotted. This truth of Christian faith is expressed by the teaching of the Council of Trent: ‘Let no one be so rash as to assert that which the Fathers of the Council have placed under anathema, namely that there are precepts of God impossible for the just to observe. God does not ask the impossible, but by His commands, instructs you to do what you are able, to pray for what you are not able that He may help you.’”

This condemns the extreme poverty excuse as well as all excuses. Pope Pius XI teaches that spouses who do not desire conception during conjugal relations because of poverty, even if it is extreme, have no faith in God that He can to provide for them and regulate the size of their family; and they have also committed a mortal sin, an intrinsically evil act.

He also warns that God will curse spouses for committing this mortal sin, and thus their problems will only get worse without God to help them. To their calamitous state (for example, extreme poverty), they would have added a calamitous error, mortal sin, and thus bring down God’s wrath upon themselves. For Pope Pius XI warns: “However, they should take care lest the calamitous state of their external affairs should be the occasion for a much more calamitous error.”

Hell will be long for those who practice NFP against the natural law. We implore all priests and laymen to accept the Church’s teaching on this topic, and regain faith in God’s providence. If you have been convinced to believe in this abominable heresy that contradicts the natural law, repent and confess your sin immediately. For death may strike you unexpectedly, and it is impossible to escape the eternal fire and torment of Hell as long as you practice NFP! It’s quite clear that the new teaching of NFP is a modernistic heresy condemned by the Church, Popes, Saints and the infallible word of God! Will you be a modernist and follow the herd of goats in fleshly lust instead of following the purity and holiness of God and his Church? If yes, then the eternal hellfire will be your home forevermore!

Sexual Pleasure Is Lust

“Then the angel Raphael said to him [Tobias]: Hear me, and I will shew thee who they are, over whom the devil can prevail. For they who in such manner receive matrimony, as to shut out God from themselves, and from their mind, and to give themselves to their lust, as the horse and mule, which have not understanding, over them the devil hath power. …And when the third night is past, thou shalt take the virgin with the fear of the Lord, moved rather for love of children than for lust, that in the seed of Abraham thou mayest obtain a blessing in children… [Tobias said] And now, Lord, thou knowest, that not for fleshly lust do I take my sister to wife, but only for the love of posterity, in which thy name may be blessed for ever and ever.” (Tobias 6:16-17, 22; 8:9)

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: That you should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour, not in the passion of lust, like the Gentiles that know not God.” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5)

Church Fathers unanimous on fighting against sexual pleasure

What follows are some quotes from the Church Fathers who teach that spouses sin when they have relations for sexual pleasure. And some compare it to using one another as whores and prostitutes:

Lactantius, Divine Institutes, 6:23:18: “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.”

St. Jerome, Against Jovinian, 1:19, A.D. 393: “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’s seed. Does he imagine that we approve of any sexual intercourse except for the procreation of children?”

St. Augustine, The Morals of the Manichees, 18:65, A.D. 388: “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 prostitute, who for some gifts presented to her is joined to the man to gratify his passion.”

St. Augustine, Against Faustus, 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.”

Ask God to eliminate or neutralize sexual pleasure

Firstly, even though a husband must consummate the marital act for conception to occur, this does not mean he must have any pleasure to his flesh when doing so. He can pray to God to remove the pleasure and turn it to a strange, despised, and hated sensation or at least to a neutral sensation. Surely this is an immanently good thing to ask God for. And God will grant it if the person is sincere and not worthy of being abandoned to the demon of lust for other reasons that he must first overcome. If this goal were achieved, then concupiscence would be conquered and the marital act would only occur with the intention of procreation and with no other motive; and the act itself would produce no pleasure to the flesh but only a strange and unwanted sensation caused by the venom of original sin in the flesh.

This can be proved further by the Revelations of St. Bridget Book 1, chapter 9

The Virgin Mary reveals the Life of Her parents to St. Bridget: “He united my father and mother in a marriage so chaste that there could not be found a more chaste marriage at that time. They never wanted to come together except in accordance with the Law, and only then with the intention to bring forth offspring. When an angel revealed to them that they would give birth to the Virgin from whom the salvation of the world would come, they would rather have died than to come together in carnal love; lust was dead in them. I assure you that when they did come together, it was because of divine love and because of the angel’s message, not out of carnal desire, but against their will and out of a holy love for God. In this way, my flesh was put together by their seed and through divine love.” At one time in the history of the Catholic Church, some Catholic spouses had achieved this goal or at least tried to. Empirical evidence proves this fact. When I was young and into my teenage years, it was a joke among non-Catholics, such as Protestants, that Catholics are prudes because Catholic spouses do not enjoy sex, that they only had relations with the lights out and with only as much flesh exposed to consummate the marital act, which took place as quickly as possible in order to consummate the act. Catholic women were ridiculed the most because they never had any pleasure during the marital act. The lust-filled non-Catholics did their best to tell Catholic women to enjoy sex— and then to its fullest. This started to happen in my lifetime. And now almost all men, as well as women, are lust-filled whores. Almost if not every so-called Catholic now looks upon pleasure during sex as normal and something good instead of something strange and abnormal caused by original sin. Many deluded and lust filled souls that live today have fooled themselves and others that sexual lust and pleasure inside a marriage is something good and praiseworthy. They say that one of the purposes of marriage is so that they can have relations and that marital relations is a sign of love between the man and the wife and that spouses are allowed to have as much sexual pleasure as they can when they have marital relations as long as they do not prevent conception. They even go so far as to say that provoking the flesh by foreplay or by fondling with the hands in improper bodily places is according to God’s will. They think that sex is a gift from God intended to satisfy them, when it in fact is an evil product of the fall. In truth, such spouses are like drug addicts who regard the marital relations as a fix. Their intention is exactly the same as a drug addict, although their drug of choice is sex rather than drugs. Here is divine condemnation of their abominable opinions from the Revelations of St. Bridget:

The Son of God speaks: “But people in this age are joined in marriage for seven reasons: First, because of facial beauty. Second, because of wealth. Third, because of the despicable pleasure and indecent joy they get out of their impure intercourse. Fourth, because of feasts with friends and uncontrolled gluttony. Fifth, because of vanity in clothing and eating, in joking and entertainment and games and other vanities. Sixth, for the sake of procreating children but not to raise them for the honor of God or good works but for worldly riches and honor. Seventh, they come together for the sake of lust and they are like brute beasts in their lustful desires.

They come to the doors of my church with one mind and consent, but all their desires and inner thoughts are completely against me. They prefer their own will, which aims at pleasing the world, instead of my will. If all their thoughts and wishes were directed toward me, and if they entrusted their will into my hands and entered into wedlock in fear of me, then I would give them my consent and be as the third with them. But now is my consent, which should be their most precious thing, gone from them, because they have lust in their heart and not my love. Thereafter, they go up to my altar where they hear that they should be one heart and one soul, but then my heart flees from them because they have not the warmth of my heart and know not the taste of my body.

They seek the warmth and sexual lust that will perish and love the flesh that will be eaten by worms. Therefore do such people join in marriage without the bond and union of God the Father and without the Son’s love and without the Holy Spirit’s consolation. When the couple comes to the bed, my Spirit leaves them immediately and the spirit of impurity approaches instead because they only come together for the sake of lust and do not discuss or think about anything else with each other.” – (The Revelations of St. Bridget Book 1, Chapter 26)

As everyone can see, and as also everyone knows by their conscience, those who marry for physical appearance or for to satisfy their sexual lust are abominable and sick in their minds. To love something that will be eaten by worms must surely look sickening to God when he views spouses who marry for the above reasons that are mentioned and condemned by Christ! This physical love is nothing compared to the pure love of God that godly spouses have who love each other in the same way as brothers and sisters loves each other.

“And now, Lord, thou knowest, that not for fleshly lust do I take my sister to wife, but only for the love of posterity, in which thy name may be blessed for ever and ever.” (Tobias 6:16-17, 22; 8:9)

As you can read, true spouses regard each other as brothers and sisters, instead of pieces of human meat that they wish to acquire in order to satisfy their sexual temptations and perversions. It is also made clear by Christ in these sentences that spouses must have a dialogue between each other before they have marital relations. This would include prayers and petitions to God that He may grant them offspring that will glorify His Holy Name for all eternity and also the Rosary prayer as mentioned before in this article.

St. Paul warns those who would marry as opposed to those who would remain virgins that spouses “shall have tribulation of the flesh”: “But if thou take a wife, thou hast not sinned. And if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned: nevertheless, such shall have tribulation of the flesh. But I spare you.” (1 Cor. 7:28) Certainly St. Paul does not refer to the desire to procreate as a tribulation of the flesh. Consequently, he can be referring only to one thing—sexual pleasure. Indeed, sexual pleasure is a tribulation of the flesh that must hence be fought against or the Devil will succeed in tempting a spouse to fall into mortal sins of impurity either with the other spouse or with himself or with someone other than his spouse. There is no neutral ground with sexual pleasure—you either seek to enjoy it and hence enflame it by foreplay or other vile practices or seek to quell it and hence douse the fire of lust. It is also important for spouses to realize that when there is no chance to have marital relations, no kind of fondling or sexual foreplay may ever be done, and no sexual thoughts of any kind may ever be entertained. You must fight against the attacks of lust from the devil, or you will soon join him in Hell in a while. Marital relations during pregnancy is sinful

It was forbidden and a capital offence for spouses to have marital relations when the wife was pregnant or during her monthly cycle during the Old Covenant era.

Leviticus 20:18 “If any man lie with a woman in her flowers, and uncover her nakedness, and she open the fountain of her blood, both shall be destroyed out of the midst of their people.”

We read in the Old Testament that God had forbid the marital act during the infertile monthly cycle of the woman and when she is pregnant. “The woman, who at the return of the month, hath her issue of blood, shall be separated seven days.” (Lev. 15:19) Haydock Commentary: “Days, not only out of the camp, but from the company of men. As soon as a woman shows signs of pregnancy, intercourse would cease until the birth of the child. “Thou shalt not approach to a woman having her flowers [ed. pregnancy]: neither shalt thou uncover her nakedness.” (Lev. 18:19) Haydock Commentary: “Saint Augustine believes that this law is still in force. [On Lev. 20:18] This intemperance was by a positive law declared a mortal offence of the Jews.”

This wondrous law from God not only diminished the time a couple could have marital relations, but it also prohibited the woman from the company of men, and this certainly includes her husband. What was God’s reason for separating the woman from her man you might ask? In truth, God who knows more about human weaknesses and sins than all of humanity combined, ordained this so that the temptation to violate his laws and have marital relations during this period would not happen. For most temptations work like this: as long as you take away the source of the temptation, it will be easier to control.

Another instance of divine condemnation of marital relations during pregnancy is found in The Revelations of St. Bridget Book 10 or additional revelations. St. Bridget asks a man that is now in purgatory about the specific reasons why he escaped eternal hell. This is the third reason why he escaped hell: “The third [reason] is that I obeyed my teacher who advised me to abstain from my wife’s bed when I understood that she was pregnant.”

Thus, it is perfectly clear that those who have marital relations when they know about the pregnancy is sinning against God and the natural law, for the woman cannot become pregnant again, and their sole motive is then to satisfy their unbridled lusts. Here is some further evidence that even legal marital relations is considered impure according to God, and not holy or good as many heretics now seem to think.

Leviticus 15:16 “The man from whom the seed of copulation goeth out, shall wash all his body with water: and he shall be unclean until the evening. 17 The garment or skin that he weareth, he shall wash with water, and it shall be unclean until the evening. 18 The woman, with whom he copulateth, shall be washed with water, and shall be unclean until the evening. 19 The woman, who at the return of the month, hath her issue of blood, shall be separated seven days. 20 Every one that toucheth her, shall be unclean until the evening. 21 And every thing that she sleepeth on, or that she sitteth on in the days of her separation, shall be defiled. 22 He that toucheth her bed shall wash his clothes: and being himself washed with water, shall be unclean until the evening. 23 Whosoever shall touch any vessel on which she sitteth, shall wash his clothes: and himself being washed with water, shall be defiled until the evening. 24 If a man copulateth with her in the time of her flowers, he shall be unclean seven days: and every bed on which he shall sleep shall be defiled. 25 The woman that hath an issue of blood many days out of her ordinary time, or that ceaseth not to flow after the monthly courses, as long as she is subject to this disease, shall be unclean, in the same manner as if she were in her flowers. 26 Every bed on which she sleepeth, and every vessel on which she sitteth, shall be defiled. 27 Whosoever toucheth them shall wash his clothes: and himself being washed with water, shall be unclean until the evening. 28 If the blood stop and cease to run, she shall count seven days of her purification.”

As can be read from these verses from the Holy Bible, God defines even legal marital relations as defilement and ordains that both husband and wife shall be considered unclean the day they have had marital relations. These wondrous laws also prohibit the man from seeing his wife during her infertile monthly cycle, thus diminishing the temptations of both parties.

Douay-Rheims Bible Commentary of Leviticus 15 “Issue of seed shall be unclean”… These legal uncleannesses were instituted in order to give the people a horror of carnal impurities.

God further defines most exquisite laws about when marital relations must be done, when he commands that the woman shall be considered unclean the time she has her infertile monthly cycle and also seven days after it, thus prohibiting marital relations during the infertile period. This means that God commanded man and wife to only have marital relations on the days that are most favorable for begetting children. And this was before this scientific and medical knowledge was many thousand years from being invented. May the Holy Trinity be blessed for all eternity! By commanding such wondrous laws, God limited the time a couple can have marital relations, thus decreasing their carnal temptations. For it is very obvious that a man or a woman who have marital relations often, will be tempted to have relations with other people who they are not married to, while people who are completely chaste or who have marital relations very seldom, will be more stronger to resist temptations. Sexual pleasure is more contagious than most drugs of this world, and so, it is very important to guard oneself from being taken over by it.

“Because that, when they knew God, they have not glorified him as God or given thanks: but became vain in their thoughts. And their foolish heart was darkened. For, professing themselves to be wise, they became fools… Wherefore, God gave them up to the desires of their heart, unto uncleanness: to dishonor their own bodies among themselves. Who changed the truth of God into a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. …And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense to do those things which are not convenient. Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness …inventors of evil things… Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death: and not only they that do them, but they also that consent to them that do them.” (Rom. 1:21-32)

Because of many false and heretical teachings, almost every spouse now equates love with lust. How to enjoy sex more with your husband or wife is all over the TV, radio, music, newspapers, and magazines. If one spouse does not sexually gratify the other, then the unsatisfied spouse cries out that the other spouse does not love him or her. How perverse this is and totally destructive to true love! How in the world can a shameful momentary sexual pleasure to the flesh be compared to true love—the love that spouses are supposed to have for one another, 24 hours a day and in every thought and deed of the day, even during hard times when they must suffer. How does that compare to a few seconds or minutes of shameful sexual pleasure to the flesh! And if one spouse cannot give sexual pleasure to the other for whatever reason, the non-satisfied spouse looks elsewhere to another man or woman or to an animal or inanimate object to get that sexual pleasure and so-called love that the inadequate spouse cannot give. Ah, how great indeed are the evils caused by spouses who indulge in sexual pleasure instead of fighting against it, instead of quieting it! Indeed, over them Satan has power to cause all kinds of trouble and sins in their life. (Tobias 6:16-17, 22; 8:9) In truth, such spouses are like drug addicts that use each other to get their sexual “fix”. What a sick love they have: to equate sex with love!

For instance, Saint Joseph and the Blessed Virgin Mary never needed to perform this act in order to foster their love for one another. And no married couple could ever have a greater love for one another than these two holiest saints in heaven! One must realize that the Holy Family was chaste for a purpose, to designate God’s goal for families—that is, to remain chaste as much as possible and to only have relations with the intention of bearing children. To say that this sexual act is a sign of love between married couples is to say that those who remain chaste for the glory of God are not truly in love with their spouses for depriving them of this act of love. Spouses must live together 24 hours a day. If they need this marital act to express their love for one another, then the true love they must have for one another when they go about their daily duties would be undermined. How can love be fostered for one another when the act has become bestial? What love can come from an act that is bestial in nature due to the lustful aspects of it that must be fought against?

It is the unanimous opinion of all the Holy Fathers and Saints that no one can reach the highest understanding and knowledge of God without the wonderful virtue of chastity. This, of course, means both inner and outer chastity. For there is no point in being chaste outwardly if the will or thought of a person consents to impure thoughts.

Our Lady of Fatima: “The sins of the world are too great! The sins which lead most souls to hell are sins of the flesh! Certain fashions are going to be introduced which will offend Our Lord very much. Those who serve God should not follow these fashions. The Church has no fashions; Our Lord is always the same. Many marriages are not good; they do not please Our Lord and are not of God. . . . Oh! Men must do penance! If they amend their lives Our Lord will still pardon the world; but if they do not, the chastisement will come! Priests should occupy themselves only with the affairs of the Church! They must be pure, very pure.” Mother Godinho asked her: “Do you know what it means to be pure?” “Yes, Yes. I know to be pure in body means to be chaste, to be pure in mind means not to commit sins; not to look at what one should not see, not to steal or lie, and always to speak the truth, even if it is hard.”

The impurities and carnal lusts of a person is in fact the highest form of idolatry since the person, in the truest sense of the word is worshiping the fleshly object. He knows that this fleshly object will be eaten by worms and that it has already ceased to exist before God (since God stands above all time) and yet he turns a blind eye to it all. What would not the billions of suffering souls in Hell do, who fell into the most horrifying torments for the sake of carnal impurities and temptations, if they had a second chance? They would in truth gladly walk on the surface of the sun, which is millions of degrees hot for a billions times billions years, if God enabled them to do so. To chose a single second of pleasure for an eternity of excruciating torment and torture is in truth sad beyond words, and yet the whole world consents to this devilish trap. Take heed that you, the reader, do not reject this admonishment, for it might be the last time you will hear such words before the devil devours you for all eternity!

Some pleasures are intrinsically evil and hence always forbidden

That some pleasures are intrinsically evil is taught by the natural law and by the positive laws of God’s Church. Certain sins give a pleasure unique to themselves and hence are intrinsically evil pleasures. This is attested to in the following verse: “The discourse of sinners is hateful, and their laughter is at the pleasures of sin.” (Eccus. 27:14) For instance, the pleasure one gets from murdering a man is an intrinsically evil pleasure. The pleasure one gets from demeaning and degrading someone who is not as smart or rich or physically attractive as himself is an intrinsically evil pleasure. The pleasure one gets from enjoying riotous assemblies is an intrinsically evil pleasure: “Take no pleasure in riotous assemblies, be they ever so small: for their consternation is continual.” (Eccus. 18:32) The love of money is an intrinsically evil pleasure: “There is not a more wicked thing than to love money.” (Eccus. 10:10) The pleasure one gets from mind-altering drugs, such as LSD and marijuana, is an intrinsically evil pleasure. When I was trying to convert a young boy, he told me that marijuana is good because God created it and it makes him feel good. I told him that God also created poison and some poisons taste good and may make you feel good for a while but will nevertheless kill you. This example applies perfectly to sexual pleasure because to some it tastes and feels good for a while but it surely kills the soul if not fought against.

King Solomon did not believe that some pleasures, such as sexual pleasure, are intrinsically evil. Hence instead of fighting against sexual pleasure, he indulged in it and fell into mortal sins of immorality which led him into mortal sins of idolatry and apostasy:

“And whatsoever my eyes desired, I refused them not: and I withheld not my heart from enjoying every pleasure, and delighting itself in the things which I had prepared: and esteemed this my portion, to make use of my own labour.” (Ectes. 2:10)

Foreplay is intrinsically evil

The Catholic Church teaches that foreplay between spouses is intrinsically evil. And hence any sexual activity that cannot procreate if procreation were possible is intrinsically evil and thus a mortal sin.

“And now, Lord, thou knowest, that not for fleshly lust do I take my sister to wife, but only for the love of posterity, in which thy name may be blessed for ever and ever.” (Tobias 6:16-17, 22; 8:9)

“They seek the warmth and sexual lust that will perish and love the flesh that will be eaten by worms.” (The Revelations of St. Bridget Book 1, Chapter 26)

Therefore, any sexual activity between spouses for any purpose outside of sexual intercourse is intrinsically evil because any such sexual activity cannot procreate even if the wife was fertile and hence the primary motive of procreation cannot be present. Therefore the excuse that some spouses must perform sexual activities outside of sexual intercourse as a preparation for sexual intercourse is condemned by the Church. It is a sinful excuse that allows spouses to perpetuate their sexual perversions by sexually abusing their body parts that have nothing whatsoever to do with procreation. If you practice any variation of foreplay, you will without doubt be cast to Hell to suffer and burn for all eternity.

Evil theologians say sodomy between spouses is not mortally sinful

The worst mortal sin in regard to forbidden sexual activity between spouses is sodomy (also known as the sin of Sodom), which is one of the four sins that cry out to God for vengeance:

Penny Catechism (A Catechism of Christian Doctrine), 16th century: “Q. 327. Which are the four sins crying to heaven for vengeance? A. The four sins crying to heaven for vengeance are: 1. Wilful murder (Gen. iv); 2. The sin of Sodom (Gen. xviii); 3. Oppression of the poor (Exod. ii); 4. Defrauding laborers of their wages (James v).”

Yet in spite of this dogmatic teaching on morals, Fr. Heribert Jone, in every edition of his book Moral Theology from 1929 onwards, teaches that a husband can sodomize his wife and his wife can allow it and neither commit mortal sin as long as he consummates his act naturally with the intention to procreate. And the pervert Jone teaches that this act is not sodomy at all because the husband does not spill his seed when sodomizing his wife. Note that the term “imperfect sodomy” used by Fr. Jone means the mortal sin of sodomy between persons of the opposite sex, and “perfect sodomy” is the mortal sin of sodomy between those of the same sex:

Moral Theology, Fr. Heribert Jone, 1951: “I. Imperfect Sodomy, i.e., rectal intercourse, is a grave sin when the seminal fluid is wasted: Excluding the sodomitical intention it is neither sodomy nor a grave sin if intercourse is begun in a rectal manner with the intention of consummating it naturally or if some sodomitical action is posited without danger of pollution…” (“3. The Sins of Married People,” Section 757.)

Hence the pervert Fr. Jone says that rectal intercourse between a husband and wife is not a grave sin as long as the husband does not spill his seed when sodomizing his wife. And according to the pervert Fr. Jone, this is not even sodomy! One must ask, then, “What is it?” and “What is the purpose of this filthy perverted act?” It is sodomy, plain and simple! And the purpose is to mock God and to degrade and disgrace the wife. Not only is this sodomitical act by the spouses contrary to nature and the natural law and cries out to God for vengeance, but it is also physically destructive to the health of both spouses.

However, Fr. Jone contradicts his above teaching within his same book. In Section 230 he gives the correct definition of sodomy as follows:

Moral Theology, Fr. Heribert Jone: “230. – II. Sodomy. 1. Definition. Sodomy is unnatural carnal copulation either with a person of the same sex (perfect sodomy) or of the opposite sex; the latter of heterosexual sodomy consists in rectal intercourse (imperfect sodomy). Either kind of sodomy will be consummated or non-consummated according as semination takes place or not.”

Therefore whether the seed is spilled during sodomy or not, it is still sodomy but one is called consummated sodomy and the other is non-consummated sodomy. Hence in Section 230 he correctly teaches that a husband who sodomizes his wife but does not consummate the sodomy is still guilty of sodomy, which he correctly classifies as non-consummated sodomy. His teaching in this section contradicts what he teaches in Section 757 when he says that the husband’s non-consummated sodomy is not sodomy at all. The natural law alone tells even a pagan who never heard of the word of God that any form of rectal intercourse for any reason is intrinsically evil, as well as any kind of sexual activity outside what is necessary for procreation.

And it should come as no surprise to those who heed the words of the Blessed and Ever Virgin Mary who said that massive immorality prevailed among most priests in 1846 as a result of the great loss of faith by those who were Catholic in name only:

Church approved Revelation of Our Lady of La Salette, 1846: “The priests, ministers of my Son, the priests, by their wicked lives, by irreverence and their impiety in the celebration of the holy mysteries, by their love of money, their love of honors and pleasures, the priests have become cesspools of impurity… The chiefs, the leaders of the people of God have neglected prayer and penance, and the devil has bedimmed their intelligence. They have become wandering stars which the old devil will drag along with his tail to make them perish… In the year 1864, Lucifer together with a large number of demons will be unloosed from hell; they will put an end to faith little by little, even in those dedicated to God. They will blind them in such a way, that, unless they are blessed with a special grace, these people will take on the spirit of these angels of hell; several religious institutions will lose all faith and will lose many souls… Evil books will be abundant on earth and the spirits of darkness will spread everywhere a universal slackening in all that concerns the service of God… Rome will lose the faith and become the see of Antichrist… The Church will be in eclipse, the world will be in dismay… only faith will survive.”

To those who have attentively read the Book of Lamentations, it should come as no surprise that God’s chosen people have yet again returned to their own vomit of paganism and the sins of Sodom:

“And the iniquity of the daughter of my people is made greater than the sin of Sodom, which was overthrown in a moment.”
(Lamentations 4:6)

On Masturbation

Since so many are coming out of mortal sin and are convincing themselves that certain things are not sins, we must preach against those sins with some specificity lest people perish in their ignorance.

Masturbation is definitely a mortal sin. There are about three places where St. Paul gives a list of some of the main mortal sins which exclude people from Heaven. These lists do not comprise every mortal sin, of course, but some of the main ones. Well, it always puzzled many people exactly what is being referred to in the following passages by the sin of “uncleanness” and “effeminacy.” St. Paul says that these sins exclude people from Heaven. Does “effeminacy” refer to acting like a homosexual? What does “uncleanness” refer to?

Galatians 5:19-21- “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-11- “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

Ephesians 5:5-8- “For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.”

St. Thomas Aquinas identifies masturbation as the biblical “uncleanness” and “effeminacy.”

St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, Pt. II-II, Q. 154, A. 11: “I answer that, As stated above (A6,9) wherever there occurs a special kind of deformity whereby the venereal act is rendered unbecoming, there is a determinate species of lust. This may occur in two ways: First, through being contrary to right reason, and this is common to all lustful vices; secondly, because, in addition, it is contrary to the natural order of the venereal act as becoming to the human race: and this is called “the unnatural vice.” This may happen in several ways. First, by procuring pollution, without any copulation, for the sake of venereal pleasure: this pertains to the sin of “uncleanness” which some call “effeminacy.” Secondly, by copulation with a thing of undue species, and this is called “bestiality.” Thirdly, by copulation with an undue sex, male with male, or female with female, as the Apostle states (Romans 1:27): and this is called the “vice of sodomy.” Fourthly, by not observing the natural manner of copulation, either as to undue means, or as to other monstrous and bestial manners of copulation.”

Thus, not only is masturbation a mortal sin, but it’s a mortal sin which is identified in three different places in Scripture as one which excludes from the Kingdom of God. It’s also classified by St. Thomas as one of the sins against nature, for it corrupts the order intended by God. That’s probably why it’s called “effeminacy.” Though it’s not the same as the abomination of Sodomy, it’s disordered and unnatural. We believe that this sin – since it’s contrary to nature and is classified as “effeminacy” and “the unnatural vice” – is the cause of some people being given over to unnatural lusts (homosexuality).

Therefore, people who are committing this sin need to cease the evil immediately and, when prepared, make a good confession. If people are really struggling in this area, then they are not near the spiritual level where they need to be. God’s grace is there for them; but they need to pray more, pray better, avoid the occasions one of sin (bad media being one of them) and exercise their wills. They need to consistently pray the 15-decade Rosary (i.e. daily). They need to put out more effort spiritually and then it shouldn’t be a problem.