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Why do you sow where the field is eager to destroy the fruit? Where there are medicines of sterility? Where there is murder before birth? You do not even let a harlot remain only a harlot, but you make her a murderess as well…it is something worse than murder, and I do not know what to call it; for she does not kill what is formed but prevents its formation. What then? Do you condemn the gift of God and fight with His laws? What is a curse, do you seek as though it were a blessing?… In this indifference of the married men there is greater evil filth; for then poisons are prepared, not against the womb of a prostitute, but against your injured wife. Against her are these innumerable tricks…

I can do this all day folks…

But what does Chrysostom say? First that children (and thus fertility) are a gift from God. I think all of my dear commenters could agree on that. So what’s the corollary? That no children (and thus infertility) are a curse from God. This is made clear in the Scriptures, n’est pas? So if infertility is a curse from God and you take contraceptive medicines or use artificial contraceptives, you are calling down on yourself a forced infertility, a forced curse from God. You are taking what God intends to use to bless you and using it to beg for His curse. Is it any wonder that abortion, chemical contraception, and promiscuous sex are great ways to render yourself permanently infertile?

A child is never a curse. Always a blessing. A blessing that involves work, to be sure, but doesn’t all real blessing?

Don’t make me quote Luther. Please. I hate quoting Luther.

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