Simple Secret for Better Sex, Marriages, Health and Society | Carrie Gress | CWR
Secular news sources and authors are "discovering" what the Church has been saying for decades
A quick look at a few articles and books from unlikely places is confirming what the Church has known for many decades. Want better sex? And stronger marriage? Hope to avoid breast cancer? Want fewer social problems? Don’t contracept.
The first surprising article, which received a lot of attention when it came out a few months ago, discussed a new study in U.S. News and World Report that asked which demographic has the best sex life. It seem that weekly-Mass-attending Catholics "have the most enjoyable and frequent sex."
The study, done by the Family Research Council, generally pointed to weekly church-going, monogamous married couples as the happiest. What is interesting is that many religious denominations could fit under that model, but the FRC report specifically speaks about Catholics. And what is it that Catholics don't do [or shouldn't do] that most of their Protestant counterparts do? Contracept.
The study did say that knowing one partner was a significant factor in the couples' evaluations. One can speculate that better sex, as a result of increased communication and self-giving that comes to a couple when they don't use contraception, also translates into stronger marriages.
Those involved with infidelity and porn, the study reported, not only did not rate high among those satisfied with their sexual activity, but was also linked to such negative effects as "poverty, domestic abuse, crime, drug addiction and loss of job."
Among non-contracepting couples, the divorce rate is under 5%, which is appealing enough, but it appears that there are other dividends. A recent story in the Los Angeles Times shows that not only parents who are open to life are less likely to get divorced, but so are their children. "Children with a lot of siblings are more likely to marry – and stay married – than are only children or those who grew up with one or two siblings," the article explains.