After having three kids, a couple decide not to have any more children because they know that they are incapable of giving enough attention or financial support if there are too many kids. How can the couple avoid conception (almost 100%) while following the Church’s teachings? Does NFP reassures this?
Fr. Francis' answer:
First of all, while the Church is consistently teaching us about the damaging effects of contraception, the Church also teaches the necessity of responsible parenting and reproduction. While remaining always open to the providential gift of God, parents must carefully assess if they have the adequate capacity to welcome a new life.
The only 100% guarantee for preventing pregnancy is abstinence. While many today may consider this to be unthinkable and even inhumane, couples have to abstain regularly due to sickness, living conditions, and many other factors, sometimes for long period of time. There are many expressions of love and sex is only one of them; and in fact, being able to say no to sex may at times be the most profound expression of love when it may mean harming the other, the marriage or the family.