Vasectomy: Okay for Catholic Husbands?

The Church teaches that it is reasonable for married couples to try to regulate births; in fact, the Catechism says that it is one of the “aspects of responsible fatherhood and motherhood.” (CCC 2299). However, a “legitimate intention” to regulate births does not “…justify recourse to morally unacceptable means (for example, direct sterilization or contraception).” (Id.).

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Bishop: Having a vasectomy or tubal ligation is immoral

Speaking to the Associated Press, Bishop Juan Vicente Cordoba of the bishops’ conference rejected a new law that allows Colombians to undergo vasectomies and tubal ligations free of charge in public and private hospitals.

The bishop explained that such practices constitute “mutilations of the body, and the body must be respected.” He said that undergoing the procedures to avoid pregnancy or to have a more “uninhibited and guilt-free sex life” is immoral.

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