Prolife Forum: Vasectomy

Vasectomy QUESTION from Bruce August 24, 2001 I became Catholic about 13 years ago. About 10 years ago, I had a vasectomy. This is one of those if I knew then what I know now type of things that I would have never done it. So, the million dollar question is....what are the ramifications?

ANSWER by Mr. Troy Martz on September 1, 2001 Dear Bruce:
Welcome to the Church -- this is also my 13th year as a Catholic!
It is obvious from your question, that you realize a vasectomy is not something an informed Catholic can choose. For those who are still uninformed, here is a quote from Humanae Vitae:

Morally Impermissible Methods of Regulating Birth Section 14. Thus, relying on these first principles of human and Christian doctrine concerning marriage, we must again insist that the direct interruption of the generative process already begun must be totally rejected as a legitimate means of regulating the number of children. Especially to be rejected is direct abortion -- even if done for reasons of health. Furthermore, as the Magisterium of the Church has taught repeatedly, direct sterilization of the male or female, whether permanant or temporary, is equally to be condemned. [Emphasis mine]

The first step is to recognize the sin and seek forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It is important to find a priest who will acknowledge that this is indeed a serious sin, some are reluctant to see the seriousness of the situation. A good confessor will help you find an appropriate restitution. For many men, it means creating a fund to pay for the reversal. For others, it may mean finding some other way to support the dignity of human sexuality (like Pro-Life work, mentoring young men on Chastity, teaching others the beauty of the Church's Truth, etc.). Either way, this is something that you should work out with a good confessor who appreciates your situation.
I thank God that you have come to see through the lies woven by our Culture of Death. I will keep your intention in my prayers.
Pax Christi, Troy Martz

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