I believe that all couples entering marriage in the Catholic Church should be required to complete NFP training.
You still there? No one fainted? Well if you're offended by that I should tell you to just 'X' out of this tab right now because it's only going to get worse. ;-) So why would I make a blanket mandate for all Catholics? For two reasons:
1) We may not get another chance.
2) They could need it someday.
I'm gong to elaborate on the first today. Our culture doesn't embrace NFP. Instead we embrace contraception as the norm, as a basic right. The general population doesn't have a freaking clue what modern methods of NFP are. The myth that NFP is the rhythm method is prevalent today and if we don't take the time to educate women that it's not, we're doing them a disservice.
|Silence isn't an appropriate response to this.|
We're competing with Planned Parenthood who spends millions of dollars every year pushing contraceptives on women from the time they turn 10. Meanwhile, no one is saying a word about any type of fertility awareness and women are left thinking they need this pill, device, or shot to live a fulfilling life. And here we are, with this wonderful opportunity to at least make them aware that there is a better way and we refuse to do it.
This does not mean that all couples have to use NFP. Some will choose to continue contracepting, some see no reason to postpone a pregnancy so they just have it from the get go. Some may have their mind opened to NFP, maybe they aren't ready to kick the pill and start charting but the seed has been planted.
Our bodies are wonderfully made and deserve to be treated that way. Contraception says that our bodies are broken and in need of fixing. Women deserve better than contraception and we have an obligation to show them their true beauty. We may not get every couple to understand the Church's teaching and we won't convince every woman to toss her pack of pills but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try. Every woman needs to know how perfectly she was made, even if she doesn't want to hear it.