@cmsgirl: The term “takes a dim view” (a very common term in the English language) means that someone has an unfavorable opinion about, or disapproves of, something. So, it very well describes the Catholic church’s opinion on birth control, which is generally negative (although evolving). I never said that any religion was dim – that’s a nonsensical assertion.
My question about the OP posting this issue was sincere confusion about why she is even worried about this, since the Catholic church is the only branch of religion that has an official stance against birth control, and she’s not Catholic.
( mrsrigsby60: Anglo Catholics ARE Catholics, just not Roman Catholics, right? Any reference to the Catholic church includes both, unless one specifically says one or the other.)
Of course the OP is allowed to ask questions, as am I, and my question was a valid one. I still don’t understand why a non-Catholic would feel this is an issue.
But you’re right, reading the way that so many people twist themselves into knots about something the Bible never refers to at all isn’t funny, it’s really, really sad. It’s bad enough the way some religions deliberately misrepresent things that are actually IN the Bible, but to make up a set a rules around something the Bible neither condemn nor promotes is, to my mind, an affront to the Holy Book.
And of course, depending on which statistical figures you use, the percentage of practicing Catholics who use birth control in anywhere between 65 and 95% – in either case, a vast majority – which would lead one to have faith in people’s common sense in rejecting a religious rule that seems to be totally unsubstantiated by biblical teachings.
The Catholic church does a LOT of good in society – here in Hawaii, the church is one of the major providers of social services for at-risk populations who might otherwise fall through the cracks. But this dictum about birth control has also done a lot of damage, especially in high-poverty areas of world that are both Catholic and suffering from high infant and child mortality due to malnutrition and disease. It would be a sin to have used birth control, but it’s not a sin to just let them die while the Vatican hoards its $15 billion of wealth? It just seems that something is very, very wrong with this picture.
The debate about free will vs. God’s will is an interesting one, and one that is unlikely to ever be resolved. But if you believe that God is an omniscient, all-powerful being, how can you also believe that His will can be thwarted by a birth control pill??