Q. 1. What can you tell me about the vasectomy? Can a Catholic man have the procedure done for the purpose of birth control?
A. 1. A vasectomy is the medical procedure used for a male sterilization. In a vasectomy, a man’s ‘vas deferens’ is cut and cauterized to prevent sperm from being ejaculated during sexual intercourse. A vasectomy is a permanent method of birth control.
The views of the Catholic Church on vasectomies and birth control in general are quite specific. Good Catholics do not entertain a vasectomy or any form of birth control. A vasectomy is a mortal sin.
The Catholic Church teaches that any kind of birth control is against the tenets of the Holy Catholic Church. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that single people should abstain from sexual relations of any kind and that fertility in marriage is the highest achievement you can make. Artificial contraception of any kind is against the teachings of the Church. Sexual relations are the ultimate expression of love within the marriage vows in the eyes of the Church.
If you had a vasectomy and join the Catholic faith at a later time, you must confess your sin to the priest and if it would not force a considerable financial burden on you and your family you should investigate a vasectomy reversal procedure. If it will place a burden on the family you should petition the Church for a dispensation.