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Straight Talk about Contraception By Fr John Bartunek, L.C., S.T.D.

Contents Sometimes Things Go Wrong ............................................................................................................................... 1 Facing the Tough Truth .........................................................................................................................................2 God‟s View of Sex ................................................................................................................................................2 It‟s Not Easy to Love .............................................................................................................................................3 Calling a Spade a Spade ........................................................................................................................................4 Pre-Marital Sex? ....................................................................................................................................................4 Auto-Erotic Sex? ...................................................................................................................................................5 Homosexual Sex? ..................................................................................................................................................5 Sex with Contraception? ........................................................................................................................................5 Sex with Natural Family Planning (NFP)? ............................................................................................................5 Aren‟t NFP and Contraception the Same? .............................................................................................................6 The Proof is in the Pudding ...................................................................................................................................6 Questions for Small Group Discussion: .................................................................................................................7 Questions for Discussion and/or Personal Reflection: ........................................................................................... 7

Sometimes Things Go Wrong Most of us are familiar with the often tragic and always painful consequences of eating disorders like anorexia, binge eating, and bulimia. Perhaps we‟ve suffered through them ourselves, or have friends or relatives suffering through them right now. In each one of them, a perfectly normal, natural, necessary human activity – eating – becomes disordered, distorting the natural process of nutrition. God created us with bodies, and our bodies need nourishment. God also created food to supply that nourishment, and he gave us the sense of taste and smell so that eating would be not only mechanical but also pleasurable. Eating disorders throw that natural, God-designed process out of whack. Those suffering from bulimia, for example, enjoy bouts of voracious eating and then try to get rid of the calories by inducing vomiting, misusing laxatives, or using some other extreme method. Usually these eating disorders both stem from and aggravate a deeper personal problem, maybe physiological, maybe psychological or social, maybe spiritual, or maybe a combination. No one claims that eating disorders are “OK.” No one says “Hey, if it‟s what they want, let „em do it – don‟t impose your views on them.” Experts and non-experts


Sex and Contraception: Straight Talk about It