I was asked if I thought there can be a development of doctrine that in the future will permit the practice of contraception, and I promptly answered, “No.” But why? Well, because Catholic moral laws are most fundamentally rooted in love. That’s what I have learned.
A marriage is the most 1)fundamental and 2) intimate social unit, a reflection of the Blessed Trinity in which the Father conceives the Word and begets the Son, and from the Father and the Son together – as one substance – proceeds the Holy Spirit, which is Love Itself. Anything that compromises the openness to personified love cannot, therefore, be permissible.What is revealed by God is infallible, and Jesus, God Incarnate, said that loving God and your neighbor is the basis of the whole law. “You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the second is like to this: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments depends the whole law and the prophets.” Matthew 22: 37-40
Father Benedict Ashley O.P. treats contraception in the book, “Living the Truth in Love” and says that contraception, just as anything else that degrades the sexual act to an act only for recreation, “depersonalizes love.” (221-222) It is intrinsically immoral to render the beautiful and loving gift of the sexual act between a husband and a wife sterile by mechanical, surgical, or chemical means in order to obtain for one’s self sexual pleasure unrelated to procreation. [Cue the pagan gutteral roar.]
A doctrine developed that permitted contraception would be a doctrine that directly contradicted the very basis of the entire moral law for how man is to live and find happiness, and for how man is to achieve an eternal life of bliss. Doctrine cannot contradict the infallible revelations of God.
However, it should be noted that it is permissible to know and communicate the natural cycles of the body between married couples, and to choose to abstain from the procreative act during fertile periods, so long as the couple does not completely become closed to conceiving and begetting a family to raise in love.
When I see my husband stare at our baby boy as if he would give all of himself to that child if it were possible, and when I even begin to think of the damage it would do that child were that bond we share ever to be broken, I understand the Blessed Trinity, One God as three Persons, a little better.
What could possibly be wrong with that?