Open Letter to the Bishops

660 Signatures Goal: 10,000

Letter to the Bishops for the UpcomingSynod

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Dear Bishops,

In light of the upcoming synod on the family, you no doubt have heard from many people who would like to see a change in the Church’s teachings on family planning. Lest you think there is only one opinion on the matter, we present you with the following petition, signed by supporters and married couples who have embraced the Church’s teachings with great joy.

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We, the undersigned, joyfully and fully affirm the teaching of the Catholic Church as outlined in Humanae Vitae and Familiaris Consortio. We believe that artificial contraception is harmful to marriage and family life and that natural methods of spacing births provide physical and psychological benefits for marital relations and personal health. We believe an openness to the gift of life is intrinsic to the gift that is the vocation of marriage.

We firmly reject the false idea that the Church’s teaching on these matters is unattainable or contrary to the lived experience of married life. Our experience and choices prove otherwise.

We acknowledge the difficulties that can come with the vocation of marriage; we do not look with rose-colored glasses on the trials that can be unique to married life. We are not perfect. We find there are challenges in all aspects of life and we embrace the notion that marriage is a journey of two people helping one another towards sainthood. Following the Church’s teachings has helped our marriages and helped us grow closer as spouses.

We come from all ages, income brackets, and walks of life; small families and large families. We are united in our belief that the Catholic Church’s teaching on contraception and sexual union affirms the dignity of the human person and strengthens families.

We believe that more promotion and education is needed on natural family planning and the Church’s true teaching on the dignity of marriage and sexual relations. This includes the courage to speak from the pulpit, in marriage preparation education, in written materials, and in our daily lives. Distortions on the subject are widespread and need correcting so that more people may come to know the freedom and joy that comes with the Catholic view of marriage and family life. As Catholics we all share the responsibility for this witness. We pray for you and the upcoming synod on the family.

Sincerely,

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  • Laura McGrath
    Laura McGrath United States, Slidell
    Sep 27, 2014
    Sep 27, 2014
    Let us not give into the assumption that something that is true and beautiful should also be easy. The Church's teachings on family life are a gift to a relativistic and seriously misguided world.
  • Jeff Arrowood
    Jeff Arrowood United States, Somerset
    Sep 23, 2014
    Sep 23, 2014
    We have only begun to unravel the great mysteries of marriage and family life in the modern world. Thank you for standing firm for the constant truth of the Catholic faith in these areas to give us a chance to accept the challenge our faith lays before us!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Aug 12, 2014
    Aug 12, 2014
    We thus far have conceived two beautiful little girls using NFP. NFP has made me, as a man, more aware and sensitive to my wife's menstrual cycle and fertility period; it has allowed me to respect her more deeply and lovingly. NFP makes sense when sexual intercourse is not at the center of an individual's thought of marriage, but rather genuine love for your spouse is.
  • Kathleen Morris
    Kathleen Morris United States, Lancaster
    Jul 07, 2014
    Jul 07, 2014
    Please, please address the issue of needing wise families rooted in God's word. Please address our men as husbands and fathers and the need to be the authorative role model to our children and protector of the wife and family.
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