Just as the discrimination against religious groups here at Vanderbilt has produced more prayer and more consideration of religion on campus than I have ever seen before, so too the HHS mandate has highlighted contraception in a way never before seen. It is a great teachable moment for the Church to educate on what is wrong with contraception.
We have neglected this teaching for a long time, and that neglect is haunting us now. The rational arguments for marriage, for example, are founded on the understanding that openness to procreation is naturally built into the marital act. If it is OK for procreation to be excluded from sex, then there is no rational argument against all kinds of sexual variations. Other than the unique relationship to children, sex need not be limited in any particular way. Eliminate the possibility of children, and anything goes! That is just what we see in the debates about same-sex marriage -- it is about preferences, not principles.
Let's propose Jesus Christ -- including His teaching about what God intended for marriage from the beginning: "be fruitful and multiply"! That is what marital love does -- naturally!