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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Marriage, NFP and contraception
Regarding “In Crisis: The state of marriage” (Feb. 22 Denver Catholic Register) and “Experts offer advice on strengthening one’s marriage” (March 28 DCR). This two-part article mentions that contraception is harmful to marriages. There are resources that can help couples break their habit of using contraception.
The Archdiocese of Denver requires couples planning to get married in the Church to take classes on natural family planning. Marriages are strengthened when a couple has to evaluate each month their reasons for not choosing to receive the possible gift of another child in their family. If reasons for avoiding the gift of a child stem from selfishness, fear, poor communication, etc., NFP helps guide the couple into resolving those issues.
Contraception, on the other hand, encourages couples to avoid addressing those deeper relationship problems. If a pregnancy would endanger a woman’s health, NFP is a much healthier alternative, both physically and emotionally. Date nights, retreats or even prayer may not be completely effective if the couple never understands how contraception prevents them from becoming truly in communion with each other.
Marriages are in crisis and contraception is one of the main causes. NFP is a resource the Church makes available to help couples break their habit of using contraception.
Kim and Steve Hanley