Monday, September 03, 2007

The bishop means well but....

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo has instituted a new marriage prep program for his diocese. Engaged couples have to endure a course based on Theology of the Body and NFP. Bless his heart but I strongly suspect that this will simply lead to Catholic couples going to Vegas or Hawaii, getting married civily and then coming back to church to have their marriage validated. Who really wants to spend 4 to 6 months meeting in the church hall and listening to Fr. drone on about sex that you can't have yet?

Plus, NFP is contraception. Yes, I know there are no chemicals involved but it's supposed to be an emergency measure for short term use, not a lifestyle. And ultimately, by charting periods and testing mucas and avoiding sex during your fertile period you are, no matter how you sugar coat it, deliberately choosing to have sex ONLY when you are least likely to get preggers. That's contraception at heart, if not in mechanics.



Oh, one more thing. Despite the required marriage prep classes Catholic get divorced at the same rate as heretics and the unchurched.

4 comments:

Terry Nelson said...

I agree with you on forcing Cathoilcs to go "back to school" to get married - it sounds like overkill to me.

If anyone else reads your opinion on NFP - you should get a lot of flak - but I agree with you there as well. It seems to me it is a Catholic loophole - for some - in our contraceptive-mentality era. Like annulments have been Catholic divorce for others.

I know! People do not agree with my opinion on this.

frjim said...

ah, blogging...
what a joy,
the whole world gets to know our opinion.....

and once again, a well meaning bishop tries and what does he get?problems instead of possibilities......

as for heretics, etc.........
careful, sister, Jesus was noted for putting his lot in with them, not the self justified.

Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

i don't think Catholics who use nfp divorce at the same rate..we use nfp after 12 pregnancies due to serious medical reasons..it has to be serious reasons..not just contraceptive mentally but i fear you've swung too far saying all nfp use is contraceptive...

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

as for heretics, etc.........
careful, sister, Jesus was noted for putting his lot in with them, not the self justified.


On the contrary, heretics are self justified and Jesus was NOT fond of heresies as Pharisees and Sadducees!