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Contraception and Catholicism


Pauline Books & Media 2013

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Dr. Angela Franks presents readers with a comprehensive look at the Catholic Church’s view on contraception, the meaning and purpose of sex as love and life, and unity and procreation. After she herself questioned the Church’s teaching on contraception—teaching many people see as outdated and misogynistic—Franks came to understand the Church’s position as simply aligned with the reality of our biology.

In Contraception and Catholicism, Franks clears up common confusions and objections by addressing both what people think the Church says and what the Church actually teaches. She explores practical questions and offers relatable analogies in accessible language. Her volume enables the lay person to understand Catholic doctrine on the subject, and even to explain it to others.

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Key Features

  • Presents sociological data on fertility and contraception
  • Relates anecdotes from real-life couples
  • Provides practical suggestions of how to live chastely


  • Catholic Teaching on Contraception: A Hard Pill to Swallow?
  • What People Think the Church Says
  • What the Church Actually Says
  • Bobbi and Mike’s Story
  • God Wants You to Be Happy
  • Susan and Ed’s Story
  • NFP: Not Your Grandmother’s Rhythm Method
  • NFP: Why Living in Reality Makes Us Happier
  • Popes as Prophets
  • If Birth Control Is the Solution, What’s the Problem?
  • Life in Contraception Land
  • Responding to Objections to Church Teaching
  • What Should I Do Next?
  • Secondary Fruitfulness for the Newly Convinced
  • From Fear to Trust

Praise for the Print Edition

Contraception and Catholicism: What the Church Teaches and Why is a much-needed resource that offers clarity and understanding for one of the Church’s most misunderstood teachings. In this volume, Dr. Angela Franks gives us an intelligent, calm, and thoughtful response to the toughest questions concerning the Church’s teachings on birth control. . . Contraception and Catholicism will be a rich resource for men and women of all ages who seek an ever-deeper appreciation for the gift of human sexuality and for the treasure of the Church’s teaching on sexual ethics.

—Cardinal Seán O’Malley, archbishop of Boston

If you ever have thought that the Church’s attitude toward birth control methods was dumb, dated, or not dealing with reality, I dare you to read this book! It is brain food for a renewed sex life. In Contraception and Catholicism: What the Church Teaches and Why, Angela Franks, PhD offers reasoned explanations for why the Church is not a killjoy when it comes to sexual love. Plus, this book offers compelling evidence for why contraception is rooted in fear, which slowly destroys loving relationships between men and women by demonizing human fertility and the female body in particular. Highly recommended.

—Pat Gohn, author, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood

Dr. Franks’ explanation of the Church’s teaching on contraception is revolutionary. She appeals to nature, reality, and common sense—all of which make her argument incredibly persuasive and fun to read. This book is a must read for all young men and women who truly desire to know the meaning and purpose of sex.

—Katie Elrod, contributor to Women, Sex, and the Church: A Case for Catholic Teaching

In 1968, Pope Paul VI was a prophet among us. He tried to prevent heartache and social breakdown. We didn't listen. Angela Franks helps us pick up the pieces, to begin again, where we are. Contraception and Catholicism: What the Church Teaches and Why is an essential primer in our ongoing, much needed, post-sexual revolution renewal.

—Kathryn Jean Lopez, director, Catholic Voices USA

Product Details

  • Title: Contraception and Catholicism
  • Author: Angela Franks
  • Publisher: Pauline Books & Media
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 122

About Angela Franks

Angela Franks is an author, speaker, professor, and television host. She is director of theology programs for the Theological Institute for the new Evangelization at Saint John’s Seminary, Boston, Massachusetts. Her programs Christian Witness and The Future Depends on Love appear on CatholicTV.