Papal Prediction Comes True1
I can hear the choruses of “What?!” and “No way’s.” Pill Practitioners have been declaring for 40+ years that chemical contraceptives have liberated couples, especially women.2 Unfortunately, the liberation was a mirage.
The emergence of these chemicals was hailed as one of the most significant events of the 20th century. That is true, but not for the betterment of society as it has been publicized. The secular world jumped for joy at the prospect of having the fun of sex while ignoring the duality inherent with marriage.3,5 It unwittingly equated human sexual relations with those of the animal world because we humans cannot control our reproductive inclinations any more than animals can apparently.
Instead of understanding sex as part of a committed marital relationship, it accelerated the notion that sex is merely a recreation – a recreation where men and women feel safer to have their fun and remain detached. Worse yet, it has lowered the opinion of the human condition to the point where pregnancy is now considered a “disease” by our federal government.6
So, how does this societal change reduce the perceived value of women? Now that many women feel freer to engage in non-committed relationships, they have received such a demotion. In 2010, there were 7.5 million couples living together which was a 13% increase in just one year. Also, in the U.S., 51% of adults over 18 were married, down from 57% in 2000.7
The “13% increase” in couples living together represents a big increase in lack-of-commitment living arrangements which have a disturbing tendency to result in simple, litigation-free breakups. The net result of these arrangements is women are more easily discarded – an attribute of a “sex object” – one of the things social awareness began protesting in the 1960’s.
The Pill was introduced with the claim it would free human sexuality from the bondage of natural consequences. Instead it increased slavery to desires and lowered an already deficient respect for women.
1 –Pope Paul VI, in his 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, section 17 under “Consequences of Artificial Methods,” wrote “Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection.” (translation provided by www.vatican.va)
2 — “The pill has been responsible for a new revolution and has liberated women of our world. It has given them a new sexual freedom that has both advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand the women is able to have her own say in planning her family but on the other it has also made them more promiscuous.” (www.medindia.net, no posting date) The article proceeds to list what it views are advantages, but strangely, does not expand on the aspect of promiscuity!
3 – “The spouses’ union achieves the two-fold end of marriage: the good of the spouses themselves and the transmission of life. These two meanings or values of marriage cannot be separated without altering the couple’s spiritual life and compromising the goods of marriage and the future of the family.”
“The conjugal love of man and woman thus stands under the twofold obligation and fecundity4.” (Paragraph 2363, Catechism of the Catholic Church,” Liguori Publications, Liguori, MO, 1994)
4 – “Fecundity, derived from the word fecund, generally refers to the ability to reproduce. In demography, fecundity is the potential reproductive capacity of an individual or population.” (Wikipedia)
5 — Thus, the problem with sex outside of marriage is made obvious, but only, of course, for those who have an interest in the Ten Commandments.
6 – “…the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), at the recommendation of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), has decided to re-define women’s health care yet again by mandating that … insurance providers give women a range of new “preventative services” free, no co-pay or deductible… These ‘preventative services’ will include birth control – all FDA-approved birth control, including proven abortion-causing drugs like ella and Plan B… According to a Consensus Report released by the IOM on July 19, ‘The IOM defines preventative health services as measures – including medications, procedures, devices, tests, education and counseling – shown to improve well-being, and/or decrease the likelihood or delay the onset of a targeted disease or condition.’ Under these conditions, insured women will have access to free birth control because pregnancy has been redefined as a ‘targeted disease.’” (Kristan Hawkins, www.LifeNews.com, 8/5/2011)
7 – Carol Morello, www.WashingtonPost.com, 12/14/2011