Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Question of the Week: Natural Family Planning

O.k folks, Ellie, Hope and I have finally decided to throw this one out there. There are a lot of different views on this issue.

Just now I was searching oline for a word-for-word bit on the Church's teaching on Natural Family Planning. Below are some useful sites which I came across and would like to have up for your reference.

~This is a really convenient online reference site for the Catechism of the Catholic Church which has been useful when I don't have the book on hand.

~The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has written on NFP here.

"For just reasons, spouses may wish to space the births of their children. It is their duty to make certain that their desire is not motivated by selfishness but is in conformity with the generosity appropriate to responsible parenthod." ~from the USCCB.

There are two key phrases here: "just" and "responsible parenthood."
What, in your mind, constitutes a "just" reason for putting NFP into practice? What, in your mind, is "responsible parenthood"?

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