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St. Thomas Aquinas on contraception: "After the sin of homicide ... this type of sin appears to take next place"

"The encyclical of Pope Paul VI on birth control is true and must be followed by mankind. There shall be no rationalization of sin.” - Our Lady of the Roses, October 2, 1976

St. Thomas Aquinas

Referring to contraception, the Angelic Doctor declared: “Hence, after the sin of homicide whereby a human life already in existence is destroyed, this type of sin appears to take next place, for by it the generation of human nature is impeded.”[1]     

The “Si Aliquis” Canon

Dr. William May writes that this canon, integrated into the law of the Church in the Decretum Gregorii IX (book 5, title 12, chapter 5) and part of the Church’s canon law from the mid-thirteenth century until the 1917 Code of Canon Law, clearly compared contraception to murder. It declared:

“If anyone (Si aliquis) for the sake of fulfilling sexual desire or with premeditated hatred does something to a man or a woman, or gives something to drink, so that he cannot generate or she cannot conceive or offspring be born, let him be held as a murderer.”[2]     

The Roman Catechism (Catechism of the Council of Trent)

The Roman Catechism, which was published by decree of Pope St. Pius V, has been used as an authoritative guide to Church teaching since the end of the sixteenth century. The Roman Catechism states the following about contraception: “Whoever in marriage artificially prevents conception, or procures an abortion, commits a most serious sin: the sin of premeditated murder.”[3]     

Dr. William May notes that Pope Paul VI explicitly referred to this text in footnote number 16 appended to Humanae vitae, no. 14. 

Fr. John McHugh, O.P., and Fr. Charles Callan, O.P. 

“The perpetuation of the human race is endangered as soon as marriage is abused as to its natural end. Hence, after the crime of homicide which destroys human life already in existence, contraception seems to rank next in enormity, since it prevents human life from coming into existence.”[4]


[1] St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa contra gentiles, 3, 122.
[2] Text in Corpus iuris canonici, eds. A. L. Richter and A. Friedberg (Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1881), 2, 794.
[3] The Roman Catechism, Part II, Chap. 7, No. 13, in the translation of Robert Bradley, S.J., and Eugene Kevane (Boston: St. Paul Editions, 1985), p. 332.
[4] Fr. John A. McHugh, O.P., and Fr. Charles J. Callan, O.P., Moral Theology: A Complete Course, Vol. II, #2620.


"The [abortion] excommunication affects all those who commit this crime with knowledge of the penalty attached, and thus includes those accomplices without which the crime would not have been committed." - Pope John Paul II, encyclical "The Gospel of Life,", #62, March 25, 1995

Honduran Bishops Warn "Morning After" Pill is Grounds For Excommunication...

LifeSiteNews reported on February 10, 2004:

The Catholic bishops of Honduras have denounced a campaign to distribute the "morning-after" pill in their country, and warned the faithful that complicity in abortion is grounds for excommunication.

In a joint public statements, the Honduran bishops said that the morning-after pill "is abortifacient, since it deliberately and directly ends the life of a human being immediately after conception." The bishops add that "abortion is an abominable crime."

In the statement on church moral teaching, that could be applied to Catholics anywhere in the world, the bishops state, "It is not possible to be living members of the Body of Christ, the Church, and also to be accomplices in abortion. Those who are involved are offending the God of life, and cutting themselves off from communion with the Body of Christ." 


Pope tells pharmacists not to dispense drugs to inhibit implantation; implications for Plan B at Catholic hospitals...

LifeSiteNews reported on October 29, 2007:

VATICAN CITY - Speaking to Catholic pharmacists this morning, Pope Benedict XVI warned them against dispensing drugs "that have the goal of preventing the implantation of the embryo." The comments should have an impact on the debate around the use of Plan B for rape victims at Catholic hospitals in the United States.

Michael Izzotti, the Canadian representative of Pharmacists for Life International told LifeSiteNews.com that the Pope's comments address the controversy in the United States over the use of Plan B at Catholic hospitals. Izzotti rejected the assertion that the Pope's comments would only apply to the abortion pill RU-486, insisting that they apply to Plan B - the morning after pill and even to the birth control pill.

"RU-486, the morning after pill, and even the birth control pill can cause the prevention of implantation," he said. 

Cristina Alarcon, another Catholic pharmacist in Canada, concurred.  "Scientifically," she said of Plan B, "one of the mechanisms is prevention of implantation."

The Pope made his remarks in an address to the 25th international congress of Catholic pharmacists, currently being held in Rome, with the theme "The new frontiers of pharmaceutical activity."

Speaking of "the ethical implications of the use of particular drugs," he said, "we cannot anaesthetize consciences as regards, for example, the effect of certain molecules that have the goal of preventing the implantation of the embryo or shortening a person's life." He added: "Pharmacists must seek to raise people's awareness so that all human beings are protected from conception to natural death, and so that medicines truly play a therapeutic role."

The Pope called on pharmacists to refuse to participate in violations of the right to life with "conscientious objection".  He called the practice of conscientious objection, "a right that must be recognized for people exercising this profession, so as to enable them not to collaborate directly or indirectly in supplying products that have clearly immoral purposes such as, for example, abortion or euthanasia."

The Pope also stressed how "all attempts at cure or experimentation must be undertaken while bearing in mind the wellbeing of the person concerned, and not only the pursuit of scientific progress." He added, "the quest for the good of humanity cannot proceed at the expense of the wellbeing of the people being treated."

Alarcon, also a member of Pharmacists for Life International said that if hospitals administer Plan B it would be better if they did not call themselves 'Catholic'. "They shouldn't be calling themselves Catholic if they are not willing to follow Catholic teachings," she said.  "It'd be better if they didn't call themselves Catholic."

See the full address (in French) here: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/speeches/2007...

See related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:
Connecticut Bishops Allow Plan B in Catholic Hospitals for Rape - Catholic Medical Association Opposed


To express concerns to the Vatican:

Pontifical Academy for Life:

To email the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith:
Cardinal William Levada
E-mail: cdf@cfaith.va 

"We warned you over and over again, through years of visitations upon earth--My Mother going to and fro to warn you, that those who have given themselves over to debasement, by the practice of homosexuality, birth control, abortion and all other aberrations that bring sorrow to My Mother's heart--this must be stopped now. There shall be no excuse accepted in Heaven by the saints, nor by My Mother and I, or the Eternal Father and the Holy Ghost, for what you are doing upon earth now." - Jesus, June 6, 1987 

“Permissiveness shall not be accepted by your God. Sin is sin; there is no compromise for sin. Mortal sin is a grievous offense to the Eternal Father. The Commandments shall be followed without permissiveness.” – Jesus, November 21, 1977

Vatican: The Church has always taught the intrinsic evil of contraception”

"The Church has always taught the intrinsic evil of contraception, that is, of every marital act intentionally rendered unfruitful. This teaching is to be held as definitive and irreformable."

- "Vademecum for Confessors: Concerning Some Aspects of the Morality of Conjugal Life," #4, Vatican Pontifical Council for the Family, March 1, 1997. 

"From the ethical standpoint the same absolute unlawfulness of abortifacient procedures also applies to distributing, prescribing and taking the morning-after pill. All who, whether sharing the intention or not, directly co-operate with this procedure, are also morally responsible for it."

- “Statement on the So-Called Morning After Pill,” Vatican Pontifical Council for Life, October 31, 2000. 


"It is not possible to anesthetize the conscience, for example, when it comes to molecules whose aim is to stop an embryo implanting or to cut short someone's life... I invite your federation [of pharmacists] to consider conscientious objection which is a right that must be recognized for your profession so you can avoid collaborating, directly or indirectly, in the supply of products which have clearly immoral aims, for example abortion or euthanasia..."

- Pope Benedict XVI, address to Catholic Pharmacists, October 29, 2007



On June 5, 1987, Pope John Paul II warned clergy and theologians of their grave obligation to faithfully transmit the Church’s teaching on contraception:  “A grave responsibility derives from this: those who place themselves in open conflict with the law of God, authentically taught by the Church, guide spouses along a false path. The Church’s teaching on contraception does not belong to the category of matter open to free discussion among theologians. Teaching the contrary amounts to leading the moral consciences of spouses into error.”

- "The Church's teaching on contraception is not a matter for free discussion among theologians," L'Osservatore Romano, July 6, 1987, p. 12.

On September 17, 1983, Pope John Paul II told priests in Rome that “contraception is to be judged objectively so profoundly unlawful as never to be, for any reason, justified. To think or to say the contrary is equal to maintaining that, in human life, situations may arise in which it is lawful not to recognize God as God.”

- quotation from “The Papal Talk of 17 Sept.,” The [Hartford] Catholic Transcript, David Q. Liptak, January 20, 1984.

"In fact, just as man does not have unlimited dominion over his body in general, so also, with particular reason, he has no such dominion over his generative faculties as such, because of their intrinsic ordination towards raising up life, of which God is the principle. 'Human life is sacred,' Pope John XXIII recalled; 'from its very inception it reveals the creating hand of God.'
     "In conformity with these landmarks in the human and Christian vision of marriage, we must once again declare that the direct interruption of the generative process already begun, and, above all, directly willed and procured abortion, even if for therapeutic reasons, are to be absolutely excluded as licit means of regulating birth.
     "Equally to be excluded, as the teaching authority of the Church has frequently declared, is direct sterilization, whether perpetual or temporary, whether of the man or of the woman. Similarly excluded is every action which, either in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible."

- Pope Paul VI, encyclical Humanae Vitae, July 25, 1968 (#13-14).

Asked what he would do if pushed on the issue by the state, Bishop Sheridan indicated that he would likely rather have the Church pull out of hospitals than compromise the faith.  "If I personally were being pushed on this and had to make the decision by myself, I'd have to question whether or not we could continue that particular ministry if the state were going to force us to act contrary to Catholic teaching, to the Catholic conscience," he told LifeSiteNews.com.

     Bishop Sheridan concluded, "How could you continue to call yourself Catholic if you were doing things that were contrary to Catholic teaching even if you were being forced by the state to do them?" 

- “Colorado Springs Bishop Says He Does Not and Would Not Permit Plan B in Catholic Hospitals”, LifeSiteNews.com, October 10, 2007.  

The truth is that there is absolutely no doubt about how the Plan B pills work. Just ask the manufacturer, Barr Pharmaceuticals, whose product insert states: "This product works mainly by preventing ovulation (egg release). It may also prevent fertilization of a released egg (joining of sperm and egg) or attachment of a fertilized egg to the uterus (implantation)." (My italics.) It's that third item that makes Plan B an abortion-causing drug. The same can be said for every chemical contraceptive.  

- Human Life International President: "Plan A: Keep 'Plan B' out of Catholic hospitals", LifeSiteNews.com, October 5, 2007. 

“The Vatican did not need to invent any new teaching on the Plan B pills because these pills fall into the category of abortifacient contraception, pure and simple. The consistent teaching of our Church on abortion applies here.”

- Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer, quotation from “A ‘seriously flawed’ decision in Connecticut,” The [Los Angeles] Tidings, October 19, 2007.  


"Abortion and euthanasia are thus crimes which no human law can claim to legitimize. There is no obligation in conscience to obey such laws; instead there is a grave and clear obligation to oppose them by conscientious objection." 

- Pope John Paul II, encyclical The Gospel of Life, #73, March 25, 1995.

"The [abortion] excommunication affects all those who commit this crime with knowledge of the penalty attached, and thus includes those accomplices without which the crime would not have been committed."

- Pope John Paul II, encyclical The Gospel of Life, #62, March 25, 1995.


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"I say this for this reason: the Eternal Father is much disturbed at the numbers of abortions being committed throughout your country and the world. These numbers go upwards to fifty to sixty million in one year throughout the world." - Our Lady, June 18, 1986

"O My child, My tears fall upon you all when I see all of the innocent little babies being slaughtered . . . cast into garbage pails like nothing but dirt and scum. They are living human beings! And all murderers shall get their just recompense." - Our Lady, March 18, 1983

"Doctors now are profaning their profession, those who have given themselves over to destroying human life in abortions." - Jesus, June 6, 1987

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     "I say unto you, as your Mother, that any man or woman who performs or takes part of this abomination of the murder of the unborn shall be given a heavy penance upon earth, or if this penance is not given upon earth, that person found guilty in the eyes of his God shall suffer eternal damnation in the fires of hell." - Our Lady, December 28, 1976 

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Plan B abortifacient:

Emergency "Contraception" and Early Abortion

Pope tells pharmacists not to dispense drugs to inhibit implantation

World renowned theologian renders possibly decisive blow in debate on Plan B in Catholic hospitals

Human Life International President: "Plan A: Keep 'Plan B' out of Catholic hospitals"

A 'seriously flawed' decision in Connecticut

US Court rules pharmacists must have rights of conscience respected

Australia's Cardinal Pell: Dispels "heresy" that Catholics can approve contraception "in good conscience"

Colorado Springs Bishop says he does not and would not permit Plan B in Catholic hospitals

Catholic Media Coalition asks Connecticut Bishops to rescind approval of abortifacient Plan B

Bishops of Connecticut: Are you willing to risk murder?

U.S. Catholic Health Association giving flawed advice on morning after pill to Catholic hospitals

UK Cardinal standing firm in his refusal to allow a famous Catholic hospital to make abortion referrals or provide contraceptives

Point man for Connecticut Bishops on Plan B 'emergency contraception' totally confused on issue

Connecticut bishops allow Plan B in Catholic hospitals for rape--Catholic Medical Association opposed

Connecticut bishops should reconsider: Russian roulette with the lives of babies is unacceptable

Online video: Noted endocrinologist explains how the birth control pill causes abortion

Plan B manufacturer admits morning after pill can cause death of an embryo

Advisory doctor to FDA confirms morning-after pill acts as abortifacient

Conscientious objection to Plan B and abortifacients:

Washington pharmacists win victory on law forcing Plan B prescriptions

Pope tells pharmacists not to dispense drugs to inhibit implantation

US Court rules pharmacists must have rights of conscience respected

Pharmacists sue Washington state for forcing them to sell morning after pill

Pharmacist vows he will not dispense abortifacient despite job loss

UK Cardinal standing firm in his refusal to allow a famous Catholic hospital to make abortion referrals or provide contraceptives

Colorado Springs Bishop says he does not and would not permit Plan B in Catholic hospitals

The Church and the State today: What belongs to Caesar and what doesn't, Archbishop Chaput (PDF file)

Humanae Vitae:

Bishop Vasa: Catholic disobedience on contraception has caused "tremendous harm to society"

Pope Paul was prophetic

Contraception is intrinsically evil

Abortion and the contraceptive mentality

Confirmed deaths caused by RU-486

Abortion Pill, RU-486, kills 5 women in one month

Outside Links…

Contraception and abortifacients:

Homicidal deception: The growing debate over abortifacients posing as 'contraceptives', The New American, January 21, 2008

Father Fehlner Weighs In on Plan B In Connecticut

Contraceptive Claims, Catholic Answers

Rejecting Humanae Vitae is a Sin, by Paul Likoudis

Infallibility of Humanae Vitae, by Fr Brian W. Harrison, O.S.

Emergency Contraception: The Morning-After Pill (American Life League)

Pharmacists agree with Pope on contraception, [New York] Newsday, October 30, 2007

Pope Benedict challenges pharmacists to refuse to dispense abortion pill, Catholic News Agency, October 29, 2007

Pope Wants Pharmacists To Refuse Emergency Contraceptive Prescriptions, My Fox St. Louis, October 29, 2007

Pope to Druggists: Shun Immoral Scripts, Associated Press, October 29, 2007

The bishops cave, The [Waterbury] Republican American, October 1, 2007

Contraception: Fatal to the Faith and to Eternal Life,  John A. Hardon, S.J.

Is Contraception Gravely Sinful Matter? by Fr Lino Ciccone CM (from L'Osservatore Romano, 4 December 1996)

Faithfulness to the Divine Plan in the Transmission of Life Pope John Paul II's General Audience (8 August 1984)

Humanae Vitae Pope Paul VI - Encyclical - On the Regulation of Births (25 July 1968)

Contraception Versus Abortion: A Comparison and Some Implications, By Msgr. Vincent Foy, PhD.

Contraception and Catholic Teaching, Donald DeMarco, Ph.D.

God and the Pill, Terence J. Hughes

Abortifacients, Charles M. Mangan


Sin to vote for pro-abortion politicians? Fr. Matthew Habiger

“Whoever is not with Me, is against Me,” Archbishop William Levada

Declaration on procured abortion (CDF, November 18, 1974)

The Gospel of Life, Pope John Paul II, March 25, 1995

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