Why Johnny Can't Read was a famed 1955 critique of a then popular method of reading instruction. Sixty years later, it appears to more and more be the case that Johnny (and Mary) cannot understand the meaning of marriage. What are the simple truths which we find so difficult to convey?
Entrusted by our Lord with teaching the Truth, the Catechism of the Catholic Church proclaims that marriage is a lifelong, exclusive, indissoluble bond. Christ called us back to marriage as "in the beginning" and raised Marriage to a sacrament. In fact, Marriage and Holy Orders are the only Sacraments of Vocation. Just as the priesthood has been attacked/devalued in recent years, we have seen the same mistreatment toward marriage.How can we be preparing to host a World Meeting of Families and simultaneously keeping so mum about authentic teaching?
Sexual acts are exclusively for marriage, for uniting the couple and for procreating new life. As each sexual act must include those unitive and procreative dimensions, contraceptives are absolutely excluded. Despite all the confusion that reigned after Humanae Vitae, this teaching is just not open to debate; people have a right to know this truth!
Married couples who have serious reasons for postponing pregnancy may abstain from sexual relations during fertile times. And utilizing fertility awareness to abstain during fertile times is infinitely physically safer than using chemicals or placing foreign objects in or on the body!
While the Church proclaims the wrongness of all contraceptive use, some products which are called “contraceptives” can work in an abortifacient manner. This is especially true of Plan B and other so-called “emergency contraception”, but it is also true of the Pill and the IUD.
Since 1973, it is often noted that there have been more than 57 million abortion in the U.S. Yet as hideous and horrible as that number is, it is an underestimate. When you count abortions from "contraceptive" chemicals and objects, Pharmacists for Life International puts the number at 308 million.