How Contraception Took Me Out of the Church … and Brought Me Back

By Christopher West

July 25 marks the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s landmark encyclical on the regulation of birth, Humanae Vitae (On Human Life)

Let me take you back to early 1987. I was 17 years old and had been dating my girlfriend for about five months. She called me one afternoon to tell me her parents were going out for the evening. Tonight was the night. On the way to her house, I stopped at a drug store and, for the first time in my life, bought a box of condoms.

As I placed the box on the cashier’s counter, something inside me sank. Somehow I knew I was making a concrete decision to separate myself from God. Not that I had been a saint up to that point. If I even had a relationship with God, it was only hanging on by a thread. But right then and there – in a Rite Aid on Columbia Avenue in Lancaster, Pa. – as I paid for those condoms, I knew I was severing the thread. My conscience was screaming at me: “Don’t do it!” And I shouted back: “Shut up! I’m doing it!” Read More…

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We face a dramatic clash between the fundamental human decision to love or not to love, to choose life or oppose it. – Christopher West

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