In the July 17 column “Catholic policies must catch up to modern values,” Ms. Student misrepresented natural family planning.
First of all, modern NFP is not the rhythm method—not even close. Modern day NFP is highly effective when used correctly and is based on daily observations, not a calendar. She should have better educated herself before promoting misinformation.
Second, I don't understand the "get with the times" argument regarding the faith. The Church's teachings on contraception have been considered biblical truth for over 2000 years.
Truth is truth. It doesn't change based on the whims of the population. Truth isn't something that is voted on or influenced by the public. It's distorted and corrupted at times by those who don't agree, but that doesn't change the truth. I can fight to get everyone to recognize that the sky is green, but no amount of agreement and willingness to call it green will change the fact that the sky is blue.
Third, the Church doesn't teach that sex is only for procreation. It teaches that it is for both unification and procreation, and that those two purposes cannot be separated through the actions of the couple.
I'm saddened that someone who writes with a voice of authority on these subjects clearly knows so little about the subject matter. Please seek a more informed understanding before leading others astray with false statements and claims.
Iowa, NFP Forum Administrator