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Is Contraception Only Immoral in Marriage? Where’s your proof?

The conservative Catholic subculture is teaching a radical and heretical revision of Humanae Vitae, while at the same time crying out, with indignation and anger, at liberal Catholics who do the same. In truth, contraception is immoral regardless of marital … Continue reading


Contraception and Marriage: if it were true

A loose-knit group of Catholic commentators has decided to proclaim a radical revision to the teaching of the Magisterium on contraception: the claim that contraception is only intrinsically evil when used by a married couple. What happens when contraception is … Continue reading


Reliable Teaching on Contraception outside Marriage

Judie Brown at EWTN — She points out that the use of any form of contraception is immoral, and, when contraception is used in sex outside of marriage, there are two wrongs: contraception and extra-marital sex. Fr. Richard Hogan at … Continue reading


E. Christian Brugger on Contraception Outside of Marriage

E. Christian Brugger is a professor of ethics at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary. In a brief artcie at, he answers the question as to whether the Church’s teaching on the immorality of contraception is limited to the marital … Continue reading

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Heresy and Contraception Outside of Marriage

Christopher O. Tollefsen: “contraceptive acts are intrinsically wrong, and not merely always wrong within the marital context.” Tollefsen: “even commentators such as John T. Noonan, who believe the Church teaching to be changeable, accept that the Church has throughout its … Continue reading


Is the Magisterium able to teach on the morality of contraception outside of marriage?

Now here’s a strange claim making the rounds on the internet. The idea is that the Church is unable to tell us if using contraception in sexual acts outside of marriage is moral or immoral. Why? They claim that to … Continue reading


Amoris Laetitia on Contraception and Sex in Marriage

The Latin title of this Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Francis means “The Joy of Love”. But it is also titled, in English, “On Love in the Family”. The exhortation is termed “post-synodal” because it represents the last document of the … Continue reading

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Reply to Janet Smith on Contraception Outside of Marriage

Janet Smith and others claim that Humanae Vitae has a translation error. That claim is thoroughly refuted in my article here: The Latin Text of Humanae Vitae. Smith and others also claim that the Magisterium has only condemned contraception within … Continue reading


Contraception and Heresy part 5: more on contraception outside of marriage

Introduction There are a number of different methods that are used today to reject the teaching of the Magisterium on any matter of faith, morals, or salvation. One approach is to treat all questions as if they were open to … Continue reading


Contraception and Heresy part 2: contraception outside of marriage

Next we arrive at a relatively new heresy on the topic of contraception, one that is surprising in the depth of its disingenuous and foolish interpretation of magisterial documents. Apart from, and often in addition to, the above-described heresies on … Continue reading


Is Contraception immoral outside of Marriage?

Catholic Moral Teaching The ordinary and universal Magisterium infallibly teaches that contraception is intrinsically evil and always gravely immoral. The ordinary and universal Magisterium also infallibly teaches that all intrinsically evil acts are immoral solely due to the moral object … Continue reading

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Another point about contraception outside of marriage

A poster over at Catholic Answers made an excellent point, based on 1 Cor 6:16, that the unitive meaning may still be present, even if the marital or procreative meanings are absent, as in the case of a man who … Continue reading


More on contraception outside of marriage

Pope Benedict XVI’s comment about condoms is in itself not very interesting. He merely notes that the intention to avoid disease transmission — out of concern for other persons — is a good intention. But of course one good font, … Continue reading


contraception outside of marriage

Over at, I’ve now posted my second article in a series on contraception: Contraception and Heresy — Part 2 the use of contraception outside of marriage In that article, I refute the claim made by Jimmy Akin and a … Continue reading


Books to Prepare for Catholic Marriage

Books I’ve written, which would be excellent for Catholic couples preparing to marry. 1. Roman Catholic Marital Sexual Ethics The first three chapters cover the basics of Catholic moral teaching. Then the book delves into abortion, contraception, artificial procreation (IVF … Continue reading

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What Does Jimmy Akin teach on Contraception?

Initially, Akin taught the correction position on contraception, that its use is intrinsically evil and always gravely immoral, even outside marriage. In 2004, Akin simply taught that contraception is a grave sin: “The sinfulness of contraception has been infallibly proposed … Continue reading

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Smith on Abortifacient Contraception

The book “Self-Gift” is theologian Janet E. Smith’s love letter to abortifacient contraception. The book discusses “infertility-causing hormones” and “contracepting hormones” never mentioning that chemical contraceptives are abortifacients. Smith utterly fails to take the deaths of innocent prenatals into account … Continue reading


Contraception does not destroy the Unitive or Marital meanings

A set of heresies is being propagated on the topic of contraception and sexual ethics by unfaithful Catholic teachers. Previously, I wrote about the heresy claiming that contraception only applies to a valid marriage. Today, I address the claim that … Continue reading


Two Versions of Church Teaching on Contraception

Version A: Contraception is intrinsically evil and gravely immoral, regardless of marital state. It is any act which deprives sexual intercourse of its procreative finality (i.e. its openness to life), regardless of whether the persons engaging in sex are married … Continue reading

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The Validity of Marriage and Procreation

Consider the following scenarios: 1. After the couple have been married for some time, the husband commits adultery and runs off with his adulteress. The marriage remains valid, as adultery cannot nullify a valid Sacrament. The innocent spouse cannot remarry. … Continue reading

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