This is Natural Family Planning Awareness week. Every year at this time, around the July 25 anniversary of Pope Paul VI's earthshaking encyclical Humanae Vitae, diocese and parishes take the opportunity to spread the message about NFP, a method that is completely in accord with the teachings of the Church on responsible parenting. This year, with the question of artificial contraception once again in the forefront because of the HHS mandate, looking at what the church really teaches about family planning is important for all Catholics and non-Catholics to counter the distortions of the mainstream media. For a direct example of what I'm talking about, look at this article which has the following opening paragraph:
Amid a battle with President Obama over a new contraception mandate, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops are promoting natural family planning -- but will their flock take heed?For information about NFP, I've already talked about 1FLESH.org in a previous blog post. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website has a page about Natural Family Planning Awareness Week with links to information about NFP. Our Sunday Visitor has several online articles in its July 22 issue that give good information about NFP.
Any Catholic (or non-Catholic) who wants to know more about this 100 percent organic, safe, and highly effective method of family planning is going to have to do the research themselves. Unless they have a committed Catholic OB-GYN, a woman may not find their doctor knowledgeable about modern NFP, or may have a prejudice against it. This lack of knowledge is well documented in secular sources.
The best way to change our culture is to stop acting in lock-step with it. We must do this in every area of our lives--including in the bedroom.