Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Psalm 126:3-5: "Behold the inheritance of the Lord are children: the reward, the fruit of the womb. As arrows in the hand of the mighty, so the children of them that have been shaken. Blessed is the man that hath filled the desire with them; he shall not be confounded when he shall speak to his enemies in the gate."
Antipope Paul VI, much like the heretic antipope Pius XII before him, clearly sets forth principles of true Catholic theology, only to then stomp them under his cloven hoof through his heretical doublespeak. He explains how contraception is forbidden, and then, under the pretext of condemning it, allows his followers (whom I dare not call Catholics until they abjure!) to practice it in will and in deed.
Antipope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae, 11: "The sexual activity, in which husband and wife are intimately and chastely united with one another, through which human life is transmitted, is, as the recent Council recalled, "noble and worthy." It does not, moreover, cease to be legitimate even when, for reasons independent of their will, it is foreseen to be infertile."
Note that he says "for reasons independent of their will. In other words, they have neither done, nor willed anything to prevent conception.
Antipope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae, 11 (cont'd): "The Church, nevertheless, in urging men to the observance of the precepts of the natural law, which it interprets by its constant doctrine, teaches that each and every marital act must of necessity retain its intrinsic relationship to the procreation of human life."
So we should be permitted to reasonably assume that the intrinsic relationship he here speaks of is a COMPLETE relationship, not merely one of physiology, but of the mutual will of the spouses.
Antipope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae, 12: "This particular doctrine, often expounded by the magisterium of the Church, is based on the inseparable connection, established by God, which man on his own initiative may not break, between the unitive significance and the procreative significance which are both inherent to the marriage act."
So man may neither break the unitive, nor the procreative signifigance of the marital act, neither physically, nor, (dare I say?) in his will.
Antipope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae, 13: "Men rightly observe that a conjugal act imposed on one's partner without regard to his or her condition or personal and reasonable wishes in the matter, is no true act of love, and therefore offends the moral order in its particular application to the intimate relationship of husband and wife. If they further reflect, they must also recognize that an act of mutual love which impairs the capacity to transmit life which God the Creator, through specific laws, has built into it, frustrates His design which constitutes the norm of marriage, and contradicts the will of the Author of life."
If the marital act is to "retain its intrinsic relationship to the procreation of human life", and the act itslef requires a movement of the will before it can take place, then (call me crazy) it must require that the entire will be in accord with this intrinsic relationship.
Antipope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae, 13 (cont'd): "Hence to use this divine gift while depriving it, even if only partially, of its meaning and purpose, is equally repugnant to the nature of man and of woman, and is consequently in opposition to the plan of God and His holy will."
I agree. Those couples who even partially seek to rend the intrinsic relationship between the marital act and procreation are sinning.
Antipope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae, 16: "If therefore there are well-grounded reasons for spacing births, arising from the physical or psychological condition of husband or wife, or from external circumstances, the Church teaches that married people may then take advantage of the natural cycles immanent in the reproductive system and engage in marital intercourse only during those times that are infertile, thus controlling birth in a way which does not in the least offend the moral principles which We have just explained."
And there it is, a clear endorsement of "natural" birth control, or NFP (as though there were something natural about constantly taking temperatures, consulting charts and jumping through other such hoops to determine the infertile periods). It is a clear contradiction of everything he just said. It is undeniable that any exercise of the marital act, in which the will is opposed to the procreation of children, is an unlawful exercise of the act, because it severs, at least in the will, the intrinsic relationship the act has with procreation.
Tobias 6:22: "(T)ake the virgin with the fear of the Lord, moved rather for love of children than for lust, that in the seed of Abraham thou mayst obtain a blessing in children."
If a couple's intention is to avoid having children while engaging in the marital act specifically designed to generate children, then it really doesn't matter what method they use; they have already committed the sin, at least in their will.
A comment was made by another author comparing NFP to a farmer who plants his corn in the dead of winter so as to avoid a plentiful harvest. This is hardly different than spilling one's seed on the ground for fear of conceiveing a child. And behold! no unnatural devices are used in the method of Onan. All he does is move a little to one side... and his will was fixed on the same purpose behind the use of "Natural Family Planning".
Genesis 38:9-10: "He knowing that the children should not be his, when he went in to his brother's wife, spilled his seed upon the ground, lest children should be born... And therefore the Lord slew him, because he did a detestable thing."
St. Augustine, On the Morals of the Manichæans, Chapter 18: "Is it not you who used to counsel us to observe as much as possible the time when a woman, after her purification, is most likely to conceive, and to abstain from cohabitation at that time, lest the soul should be entangled in flesh? This proves that you approve of having a wife, not for the procreation of children, but for the gratification of passion."