Abortion, Contraception, Evangelization, Homosexuality, Marriage, NFP

Catholics Do What? (21 Days to Understanding the Catholic Church’s Teachings on Sex and Marriage)

October 1, 2014

One of the hardest parts about Catholicism is explaining it to other people. Especially those pesky “pelvic issues,” if you will.

We live in a sex-saturated culture, but not exactly a sexually literate one. So we spend lots and lots of time chatting about sex and having sex and looking at sex, but there is a relative lack of knowledge about the real thing.

Some of the hardest conversations, whether they take place from the pulpit or around the water cooler or the kitchen table, involve sex, marriage, contraception, homosexuality, and reproductive technologies.

I want to demystify some of these topics and try my best to put into laymen terms what the Church teaches in these areas, and why. This isn’t an exhaustive explanation of any of these issues, by any means, but I hope it’s a good starting point.

catholics do what

Day 1: What is marriage for?


Day 2: Why does the Catholic Church say no to gay “marriage?”


Day 3: What’s the deal with IVF?


Day 4: Why do Catholics have so many kids?


Day 5: “I’m contracepting because I’m being responsible”


Day 6: Why can’t Catholics get married outdoors?


Day 7: I’ve made a mistake, now what?


Day 8: Are we all a little over-sexed?


Day 9: Contraception and abortion: is there a connection?


Day 10: Why everybody loses when we sugarcoat NFP


Day 11: A little porn never hurt anybody


Day 12: Let’s talk about openness to life


Day 13: Suffer the children: the high cost of divorce


Day 14: When NFP is hard to swallow


Day 15: I’m Catholic, can I get a vasectomy?


Day 16: The modesty wars


Day 18: Gay “marriage” wars: maybe it’s just love


Day 19: Why the Catholic Church will never approve contraception


Day 20: Let’s be “done”


Day 21: Catholics, sex, and marriage: the elevator pitch


You Might Also Like


  • Reply Kelly Kopp October 1, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    So excited for this Jenny! Such great topics to talk about. Thank you for accepting the challenge! I will be anxiously awaiting each of your posts. Blessings to you!!

  • Reply Deb October 1, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Love this and love your writing. I can’t wait!

  • Reply Paula October 1, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    I’m so glad you’re taking this on. Just yesterday I was trying to explain the churches teaching on infertility treatments (what is accepted and what is not). I’m looking forward to having something from our bishops that is clear!

  • Reply Beth (A Mom's Life) October 1, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    How exciting! Looking forward to this and I’ll be praying for you! The devil really does love to get in the way.

  • Reply Sarah October 1, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Pumped for this and your last line..so many heads, so many surfaces, so much banging of the accidental and intentional variety. Or is that just here?!?!

  • Reply Elise October 1, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Yes, this is great! Looking forward to this series. Prayers for the spiritual warfare! St. Michael, the archangel, defend us in battle!

  • Reply Deme Crinion October 2, 2014 at 12:34 am

    Can’t. WAIT!

  • Reply Kris October 2, 2014 at 1:34 am

    I can’t even express how excited this makes me!

  • Reply Bonnie October 2, 2014 at 1:56 am

    Bring it!

  • Reply Melody October 2, 2014 at 1:58 am

    This is a great idea for the challenge! Great subject choice: looking forward to following along and learning new stuff myself.

  • Reply Kelli Seeley October 2, 2014 at 4:51 am

    Love this!! I’ll pray for you (and will also pray that your kids don’t get hurt too badly in the process, haha).

  • Reply Karen Elaine October 2, 2014 at 5:42 am

    Awesome! And you are too funny!! Keepin it real.

  • Reply Becky October 2, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Awesome! Great idea! Can’t wait to read along 🙂

  • Reply Valerie October 2, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    So great! I can’t wait to read your series. Thanks for your honest approach to writing!

  • Reply EW October 2, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Oh, thank you thank you! With the days getting shorter/colder and the kids getting stir crazier, my mommy brain sooooooooo yearns for some blogging with a little extra meat on the bone. Looking forward to it, and good luck!

  • Reply Patty October 2, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    This sounds awesome…excited to read along with you on the journey! What a great opportunity to witness to the awesomeness of our faith!!

  • Reply Francine October 3, 2014 at 2:34 am

    It’s going to be a good month. Thanks for taking this on, and hope your kids run out of surfaces to fall down/hit asap!

  • Reply Kham November 12, 2014 at 8:02 am

    I’m so glad I found your blog! It’s 3 am and I’m the sleep deprived mom of a 2-year old and a 2-month-old but I’m up reading your posts 🙂

  • Reply “Why do you/do you ever?” Some FAQs about the mama with the coffee – Mama Needs Coffee July 27, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    […] slogging my way through assembling a handy eb00k for your reading pleasure based on my “Catholics do what?” series from last fall, but I’m very far from where I need to be in terms of […]

  • Reply Melissa February 6, 2016 at 12:54 am

    Wow ! I love your blog, I am not Catholic and bored do I practice catholicism but I find so much of what you have to say amazing. It’s so controversial about contraception, sex , and how negatively people think on those topics. I have enjoyed everything you have written, I personally am on a low dose of birth control which is my choice and recommendation of my doctor. Everyone has reasons some null and void and some legitimate I feel. If the Lord decides I need a child I will have one even if I’m on the pill I feel its meant to be than it will be. But reading everything you have to say is inspiring and puts a lot of things into perspective.

  • Leave a Reply