The Church teaches us that married couples are called to partnership with God in the supreme privilege of begetting new human life.
Pope Paul Vi wrote in his encyclical, “Humanae Vitae:” "The transmission of human life is a most serious role in which married people collaborate freely and responsibly with God the Creator."
We therefore believe that family planning decisions -- how many children to have and when -- belongs solely to the couple and to God. The marital sexual act has both a unitive and a procreative purpose and the Church believes that to interfere with (all forms of direct contraception) or separate the two (in-vitro fertilization) is morally wrong.
Natural Family Planning (NFP) is approved by the Church as an appropriate form of family planning. Unlike any other family planning method, NFP offers many benefits. Finally, NFP can also be of great help in conceiving children for those with fertility difficulties.
Learn more about Natural Family Planning.