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A prominent Catholic professor says a New York Times attack on natural contraception is “very peculiar” and “completely uninformative.”

Professor Janet Smith holds the Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. She is a consultor to the Pontifical Council on the Family and an opponent of contraception. She told the pro-life website LifeSiteNews that the Times’ article “reports one couple’s experience as though it were universal.”

The Catholic church opposes any strategy to avoid pregnancy other than natural methods of monitoring the woman’s cycle and fertility signs.

The Times story detailed the story of a couple who had been Catholic anti-contraception activists, but who have now divorced and attend liberal Protestant churches. Smith told LifeSiteNews that natural family planning has strengthened and even saved countless marriages, while the use of contraceptives has been linked to divorce.

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