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'Why Churches Shouldn't Push Contraceptives to Their Singles'
By: Gina Dalfonzo|Published: April 25, 2012 1:25 PM
"For one, holding up an ideal of chastity while encouraging our single people who are sexually active to use contraception divides our practices from our proclamation. And whenever that division is introduced, it is the mentality and commitments buried in our practices that will shape our communities, reducing our proclamation to be little more than a sounding gong. The word proclaimed and the practices that are lived must be mutually reinforcing. Yet if we enshrine Augustine's famous prayer—'Give me chastity and continence, but not yet!'— as part of our pastoral recommendations to those who are sexually active, we mute the transformative power of the call to holiness."