Question:

Is having a vasectomy a sin? My husband had a vasectomy several years ago. I am just finding out now that we may have committed a rather large sin or is that just a Catholic view? Is this a sin we both committed?


Answer:

Having a vasectomy is not a sin. The Roman Catholic view is that is wrong to interfere with the possible conception of a child. From their point of view it is interfering with God's plans. "Contraception is wrong because itís a deliberate violation of the design God built into the human race, often referred to as "natural law." The natural law purpose of sex is procreation" [http://www.catholic.com/tracts/birth-control]. The argument fails because it implies that men are not allowed to go against nature, yet we build and maintain houses. Houses aren't "natural." Nature causes houses to fall apart. See Contraceptives for a detailed answer, but it should be noted that those holding this position are not consistent. They will allow for some form of controlling when children are born, typically by controlling when sex takes place.