Q. If bulimia and contraception are abuses of the pleasure of eating and sexual union, then why do I agree that bulimia is disordered but contraception doesn’t seem disordered at all?
A. Contraception doesn’t seem or feel as disordered because in our culture bulimia is still disapproved of but contraception is highly approved. We are steeped in the teaching of our culture. In all the surrounding culture contraception is not just OK but it is a duty. It is a duty if you are not married to your partner. It is a duty if you have financial problems. It is a duty if you already have two children, especially, if you have a boy and a girl. This is often unspoken but this mindset lies behind the comments to the newly pregnant woman like, “Oh, a surprise pregnancy, right?” “Don’t you know what causes these things?” or from a friend, “sigh…..Now it will be even longer before we can do lunch. (I have seven children so I have heard these and more for myself)
This worldly wisdom seems practical and logical based on the little we know about ourselves. But God knows fully what is best for us. He knows how this Sexual Union Abuse wounds our souls and our marriages. The abuse of the sexual union with contraception, both in and out of matrimony has created chaos in the culture, disordered relationships, and deeply wounded hearts and minds.
Compare the mindset of most people today with the convictions of respected leaders from the very recent past:
Contraception is the one sin for which the penalty is national death, race death; a sin for which there is no atonement–Theodore Roosevelt
The abandonment of the reproductive function is the common feature of all sexual perversions. We actually describe a sexual activity as perverse if it has given up the aim of reproduction and pursues the attainment of pleasure as an aim independent of it.–Sigmund Freud
Contraceptive methods are like putting a premium on vice. They make men and women reckless. Nature is relentless and will have full revenge for any such violation of her laws….If (contraceptive) methods become the order of the day, nothing but moral degradation can be the result. As it is, man has sufficiently degraded woman for his lust, and no matter how well meaning the advocates may be, (contraception) will still further degrade her.”-Ghandi
“Contraceptives are an insult to womanhood. The only difference between a prostitute and a woman who uses contraceptives is that the former sells her body to many men, the latter to one only . . . It is the work of our generation to glorify vice by calling it virtue.”–Ghandi
By accepting contraception, the world is trying to form a civilized but non-
Christian mentality. The experiment will fail; but we must be very patient in awaiting its collapse; meanwhile redeeming the time so that the Faith may be preserved alive through the dark ages before us; to renew and rebuild civilization and save the world from suicide.”–T. S Eliot
These are “the consequences of methods of artificially limiting the increase of children. Let them consider, first of all, how wide and easy a road would thus be opened up towards conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality. … men—… growing used to the employment of anti-conceptive practices, may finally lose respect for the woman and, no longer caring for her physical and psychological equilibrium, may come to the point of considering her as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment, and no longer as his respected and beloved companion” –Pope Paul VI: Humane Vite 17.
We have slid
slope of immorality.