I found this secular article to be a fascinating review of the Church's stance on this controversial issue. Though Catholic support of birth control is completely irrelevant in the fight to preserve liberties, many Catholics do not understand the Church's teaching and it is important to understand that when discussing the topic.
Here's the thing, though: the Catholic Church is the world's biggest and oldest organization. It has buried all of the greatest empires known to man, from the Romans to the Soviets. It has establishments literally all over the world, touching every area of human endeavor. It's given us some of the world's greatest thinkers, from Saint Augustine on down to René Girard. When it does things, it usually has a good reason. Everyone has a right to disagree, but it's not that they're a bunch of crazy old white dudes who are stuck in the Middle Ages.Indeed. It is not an out of touch group of old white men that predicted the following consequences of contraception use in the 1960s:
- General lowering of moral standards
- A rise in infidelity, and illegitimacy
- The reduction of women to objects used to satisfy men.
- Government coercion in reproductive matters.