Did Pope Francis OK Contraception?



Short answer: No

Long answer: Still no, bruh.

What it boils down to is contraception is intrinsically evil, avoiding pregnancy is not intrinsically evil, and the the effects of the Zika virus (or larvicides depending on your source) could be very bad. OK, moving forward with these premises, the AP article quotes him saying:

Abortion “is an evil in and of itself, but it is not a religious evil at its root, no? It’s a human evil,” he said. “On the other hand, avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil. In certain cases, as in this one (Zika), such as the one I mentioned of Blessed Paul VI, it was clear.”

The church has and will always say that in good circumstances AVOIDING PREGNANCY is the moral choice. One needn’t have a whole gaggle of children they cannot care for just #becauseJesus. That isn’t what the church teaches. Now, does the need to avoid pregnancy mean that you can use an intrinsically evil method? No, of course, not.

99% reliable Natural Family Planning methods such as Billings, Creighton, or Marquette would be perfectly reliable and morally licit. Mother Teresa’s nuns instructed women with 98% reliability how to use NFP in rural India.

NFP =/= Rhythm Method. That is misinformation. I, myself, used NFP to place THREE WHOLE years between my children. I have been married five years and have two planned children. I know several women on the pill who can’t say that. The argument that NFP isn’t reliable is just fallacious. It requires some self discipline, but I would argue most people could use a good dose of that anyhow!

Lastly, while this Pope Paul VI incident he references is spoken about time and time again by many sources, there are no official documents showing this occurred. The permission would have had to have been given in writing in his time. Until a document can be produced, I inclined to believe it is simply bad folklore.

Moreover, if it could be shown this DID occur, it would not be proof he did not make a mistake and would not be the same as the Zika situation. Unmarried, chaste nuns are not contracepting normal marital relations, and taking contraception is not in itself morally evil. It is the action the contraceptive causes in conjugal relations that is evil. Ultimately, this would not have been an infallible move, much how even if Pope Francis told people to use contraception, which he did not. It would not be infallible. It doesn’t work like that.

Ok, so to recap:

AVOIDING PREGNANCY = OK, but contraception is not the moral or Christian way to do it.

Remember kids, when in doubt, no sex = no babies!

Pax Vobiscum, Nerds!


  1. Wait, wait… avoid pregnancy by not having sex?? Is that even possible??? (Giggling) Our society is so caught up in doing whatever feels good while trying to avoid the consequences, that we just can’t understand what Pope Francis is saying. Glad you cleared up two of the major misconceptions behind NFP. Interestingly, there were two advertisements for contraception on your blog post when I read it – proof that “the Internet” also doesn’t think 🙂

  2. There was an ad for a heretical church last week, and before that, an advertisement for Shiva arrangements. Google algorithm…you fail. I’m glad you liked this and found some humor in it 🙂 Hope to see you again!

  3. Only that IS what he said: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-vatican-affirms-pope-was-speaking-about-contraceptives-for-zika

    Fr. Lombardi’s clarification makes it clear the Pope was not referring to NFP for avoiding pregnancy. He was referring to condoms and contraceptives, for particular situations of emergency or gravity in which people may discern that they can use condoms or contraceptives for avoiding pregnancy in good conscience.

    And the bishops of the Philippines have come out in support of the Pope.

  4. LifeSite news is not a good source. They have misspoken on a number of occasions and while they have a good heart are not where I would get my information. The website for Vatican news in English Zenit, has nothing on the topic.

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