A. The Catholic Church, from which all the other Christian traditions have ultimately sprung, has condemned the use of artificial contraceptives since ancient times. In that sense, I suppose you could say that the Catholic Church was the first of the Christian communions to do so. However, condemnation of contraceptives is not a recent development. Prior to 1930, nearly all Christian communions were firmly opposed to contraception.

In that year, however, the Lambeth Conference of the Church of England changed its position to allow contraception when abstinence was deemed "impracticable." The (largely Protestant) Pederal Council of Churches followed suit the next year and, in time, the major Protestant denominations began to fall in line one by one. It's ironic, then, that today the Catholic Church is often seen by some non-Catholic Christians as unreasonable in rejecting artificial contraception. They fail to realize that their own denominations were once in firm agreement with the Catholic Church on this issue.

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