The New York Times finally realizes Pope Paul VI was right about contraceptives

In his 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI predicted that “a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman.” By “disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium,” the Pope wrote, man would eventually view woman as a being who doesn’t deserve care and affection.

Shockingly, a similar line of thinking was expressed by Alex Williams, a reporter for the New York Times, in a column published on January 13th titled “The End of Courtship.”

Williams’ essay argues that an over-reliance on technology and years of living in a “hook up” culture have so thoroughly muddled the minds of 20-somethings that they no longer know how to navigate the waters of courtship.

Williams says that “instead of dinner-and-a-movie…[young adults] rendezvous over phone texts, Facebook posts, instant messages and other ‘non-dates’ that are leaving [them] confused about how to land a boyfriend or girlfriend.” Google and Facebook now accomplish what first dates used to, Williams argues. Unfortunately, many of the relationships young adults experience are mere images of their hook up past, a past they don’t know how to escape.

For an outlet that has been known to tilt to the left (to say the least), the Times’ decision to publish Williams’ essay is remarkable. It belies everything the media and cultural elites stand for. Primarily, the idea that consensual, protected sex is safe and harmless, that birth control and abortion are benign and inconsequential, that intercourse before marriage is generally a positive thing, and that masturbation is a healthy, normal activity.

These are dastardly marshaled claims, of course. Indeed, “safe” sex is anything but safe. In fact, having intercourse with multiple partners typically leaves participants, especially women, emotionally scarred. Birth control pills have also been shown to have negative effects on women, often in the form of reduced fertility rates. Furthermore, alcohol-driven, frequent, premarital sex often leads to unplanned pregnancies, which in this day and age means that a woman gets to make the ostensibly liberating choice of getting an abortion or spend years in poverty as a single parent. And finally, habitual self-gratification has been shown to be closely linked to pornography addictions and stunted social skills with members of the opposite sex.

I believe the goals of the sexual revolution have finally become a reality. As Williams’ essay indicates, men are elevating their profession, the bachelor lifestyle, and other, often times trivial, interests above starting a family. Similarly, women – encouraged by people like Sandra Fluke and organizations like Planned Parenthood – no longer see motherhood or human life as a gift. They see it as an obstacle that must be overcome in order to live a meaningful, successful life. It looks like Pope Paul VI was right all along.

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20 thoughts on “The New York Times finally realizes Pope Paul VI was right about contraceptives

  1. Tut Tut! Hypocritical zealots! having issues with people protecting themselves. How about all the catholic priest abusing children, the church embracing sodomy. Hogwash! Hogwash! The Popes argument is flawed at all levels. I do not see the correlation between contraceptives and reverence to women.

    1. “I do not see the correlation between contraceptives and reverence to women.”
      - The beautiful thing, Wenyoro, is that our Lord promised if you ask it will be opened to you.
      If you ask God to explain it, and to open your eyes, you will see the correlation. You will understand.
      The Truth will set you free.

  2. angelccorr says:

    And now the Obama administration is going to let women be in full combat roles. It may get to a point where many men will not feel it is their place to protect women and their children, or are we already there?

    1. Women have been fighting for the right to be in full combat. So i do not see a problem with the administration granting them their request.

      1. angelccorr says:

        Because the feminist movement, which is incredibly evil, have convinced many women that taking on the roles of men gives them equality, they desire what is not in their nature. The feminist movement has done more to destroy the nature and contentment of women than anything else in our culture. They began making women feel useless for being a mother and raising children, and it went from there. If you are Catholic and you have not recognized the evils of this administration, then you are poorly catechized. I recommend you read study the catechism and also find a True Catholic church. So many now are watered down by the secular culture and Protestantism.

  3. Good Saints says:

    Disqus allows you to shut off the recommended for you in their settings. What Kevin said, some of the links that show up are quite inappropriate.

  4. Guest says:

    They can adjust their

  5. TebowFTW says:

    Its ok for the NYT to say it, but if Rick Santorum says it, WHOA LOOK OUT!! There’s a CRAAAAZY on the loose!! Whatever gets the message out, I guess. People need to know the truth about the “free” love generation’s tragic legacy (betrayal?) to this country.

    1. Susan Miller says:

      Isn’t that the truth Tim. Thank you for your service to the Lord – in public. We need more men like you showing and imaging for our young people of the United States. Please keep up the good work. I will remember you in my prayers at Mass.

      1. TebowFTW says:

        I’m not Tim Tebow, but when I chose this name, he played for my team(Denver). :) He’s a great guy, though.

  6. Not as a comment on the blog, per se, but the ad-links are highly inappropriate, especially considering the contents of the blog. Catholic Vote, you may want to look back at whatever advertising contract you signed.

    1. Greg B. says:

      Kevin – The ad links you’re seeing are probably being generated by you web browsing history and the content of your emails….

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