Part I  of II

 

Today, July 25, is the 45th anniversary of the Encyclical Humanae Vitae.

 

This may be the document represents the Catholic Teaching that is our present day fault-line.  The practice of artificial contraception has brought the cultural divide between Catholics and others right into the Church itself.

 

Along with widespread dissension in practice has come a serious abuse of the teaching and understanding of following one’s informed and truth-searching conscience.  It has always been true, in part that the Church has taught that you must follow your conscience.  But it is wrong to suggest that this alone represents the Church Teaching on matters of conscience.  The Church and your salvation require you to seek truth always and remain open to the truth when you find it.  Has the truth of Church Teaching on contraceptive been so elusive to those who claim to be following their conscience, or has the truth been rejected in order to pave the way to satisfying an urge that is far less understood than the Teaching?  How many people are controlled by their sexual urges, rather than demonstrating a true mastery over the urges?  Whatever one does not master will only serve to enslave.

 

Relying on artificial contraception is an easy and deceptively flawed alternative to self-mastery.  Giving one’s responsibility over to dangerous and faulty technology is reflective of both human nature and an era where we have been conditioned to question God existence and man’s purpose, but to welcome technology as the savior of life and the quality of life.

 

Artificial Contraception has posed a formidable challenge to responsible sexual relations within marriage alone by giving a false illusion that one can safely and surely evade the consequences associated with a reproductive act, namely reproduction of the human species in the form of a baby.  Such deception leads us to what may be the most serious consequence of artificial contraception, that being the deception of evading consequences of one’s actions.

 

Dr. Theresa Burke, Founder of Rachel’s Vineyard has explained that when one has sought to evade a responsibility, particularly one as serious as matters of reproduction, pregnancy and a new life, the person’s psychology can be affected in relation to all responsibilities.  In further explanation, she spoke of a child being dependent on an adult.  An adult is one who, in addition to taking care of one’s self, can take care of others.  An adolescent is growing from that childhood stage to adulthood, but hasn’t yet attained adulthood.  The adolescent has begun to take on responsibilities for self, but has not yet fully embraced the responsibility of caring for another.  To think one has successfully  evaded the consequences of one’s actions will stop the emotional maturation process until the individual returns to assume the responsibilities of the matter or consequences earlier evaded.

 

The maturation process can be stopped while the person continues to grow chronologically and in knowledge.  It is the maturation of the psycho-emotional aspect of the person that suffers the stagnation.  This is all particularly pronounced when the responsibility is evaded during adolescence.   Thus, we have chronological adults who are emotionally in their adolescence.  If responsibility for one’s actions is never assumed and shouldered, the individual may live a life of perpetual adolescence where responsibility is actually sought to be passed onto others for other matters.  It is a form of dis-integration of the person from one’s actions.

 

Both contraception and abortion can have perpetual adolescence as a consequence.

 

Part II will be made available late on July 26, 2013.