Since everybody on Facebook now hates me for daring to suggest that it is wrong to use NFP for selfish or trivial reasons; in fact, many are angry at me for daring to suggest that it is even possible to abuse NFP in this way, as NFP seems, to most of my Facebook friends, to be a gift from God, I am reposting this.
At any rate, it's the contraceptive mentality that is killing us.
A selfish couple using NFP rather than contraception is not a victory for Our Lord and Our Lady. "I don't use contraception but I'm still selfish!" is hardly something to brag about. And any tool can be abused, including even the "sacramental" called NFP. Just because Natural Family Planning is not contraception does not mean that it cannot be used as a de facto substitute for it, and used without serious reasons, but merely for trivial and selfish reasons: not used to protect the health of the mother or the sanity of the family or because of looming poverty, but for mere comfort and bourgeois self-indulgence. I am told by my Super Catholic friends that this never happens. But I am told by young Super Catholic friends that these sorts of reasons are indeed why many of them are using NFP.
The problem is the underlying selfishness, which obviously a neutral tool like NFP cannot address. Only God's grace, His cross and resurrection, can address the underlying selfishness in each of us.
With that in mind, here's a reprint of a post from 2013 ...
Salon, of all places, has re-published a 1939 article by Mahatma Gandhi about the evils of contraception and of "wasting seed".
Here it is. The boldface is me highlighting Ghandi's words; the red is my commentary.