The Pope's View of Birth Control

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In the Encyclical on Birth Control by Pope Paul VI, Natural Law Theory is used to argue against the use of birth control. The Encyclical, according to the Pope, assumes that humans are free and responsible, possessing a free will that makes us responsible moral agents. One of the thoughtful duties that lies in humans is the transmission of human life, “for which married persons are the free and responsible collaborators of God the Creator” (174). Along with the duty that lies in humans there are two additional factors, the social concerns and the Apostolic Succession that make the Encyclical influential. Through the progression of time there have been various social factors that have played into birth control including population growth, the role of a woman in society, and the progress of humans and technology. Through Apostolic Succession the Pope is infallible which gives him a direct right, inherited through Peter. In the Encyclical the Pope will argue against birth control through the use of conjugal love, responsible parenthood, and Natural Law.
The Encyclical is an example of the Pope exercising his right to teach the natural laws through his assumed right by infallibility. Papal Infallibility states that the pope is protected to speak about faith through God. This infallibility is derived from Apostolic Succession which claims that “no believer will wish to deny that the teaching authority of the church is competent to interpret even the natural moral law” (175). This teaching authority is the Pope. Thus, the moral law cannot be challenged because “Jesus Christ, when communicating to Peter and to the Apostles His divine authority and sending them to teach all nations His commandments, constituted them as guardians and aut...

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.... This reduction has saved many lives and prevented many from getting the diseases. In addition, the chances of abortions has also declined. If condoms were not allowed the number is abortions would dramatically increase. In my personal belief system I also believe that sexual activities serve many purposes, not just for producing children. Carrying a child is also a major issue in regards to rape cases. I believe that a woman should not have to carry the baby of her rapist. She did not consent to indulge in sexual activities as she was most likely forced to “take it”. While the Encyclical does prove to be a strong document with justification it fails to account for outside circumstances such as rape. For that reason I personally have to disagree with it.

Works Cited

Pope Paul VI. "Encyclical on Birth Control." The New York Times 1 Aug. 1968: 174--79. Print.

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