The use of artificial means of preventing pregnancy is not sinful. To simply declare that it is sinful to poor Filipino couples who cannot afford to raise a large family is tantamount to psychological terrorism which contaminates its victims with critical thinking dependency or CTD. Having destitute children is the more likely outcome of an escapist bahala na (whatever) value system which is a natural social by-product of CTD. This no-responsibility value system gives birth to various criminal activities like prostitution, thievery and drug trafficing. And having destitute children will effectualy translate into guilt, shame or depression. But let us not forget, Christianity is not a mindless religion.

1 Corinthians 7:3-5, the Apostle Paul says this: The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.  The wife’s body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife.  Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.  It is clear that marriage provide intimate physical pleasure, and that it is good. Contextually, the coming again together mentioned in this passage has no reference to procreation but simply to the fulfillment of the natural need for emotional intimacy. The Book of Song of Solomon celebrates such marital blissfulness.

To say that resorting to the use of any artificial method of preventing pregnancy is like playing God is to deny that man was created without the freedom of choice. That married couples simply have no part in the outcome of the reproductive process. That conception depends solely on God’s decision and is never directly the result of a biological process. That the number of children a couple may have is never God’s permissive will. It is simply not the couple’s choice.

When God said to Adam that he was free to eat from any tree in the garden except from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because the consequence of doing so is death, God presented Adam with a real choice. Our choices have consequences and each of us is responsible for the choices we make in life. Adam chose to disobey God; to disobey God is to sin. To choose to raise a large family or not is our choice. It may be God’s active will or it may be God’s permissive will, but the choice was ours, and we are responsible for that choice. We may not say to God, therefore, that He is responsible to feed our children because they are the results of His choice, not ours. And as a logical consequence, if our children are malnourished or starving  then God is to be blamed.

To enjoy God’s blessing of marital blissful intimacy is not a sin. To say otherwise is to contradict God. The population explosion taking place in the Philippines is the responsibility of the Catholic Church because of its teaching that the use of any artificial birth control method is sinful. Church authorities, therefore, should feed the malnourished and starving children of the Filipino poor. After all, it is the responsible thing to do. The Catholic Church should put their money where their mouth is.