Q. 1. I often hear reference to God's plan for procreation. What does that mean?
A. 1. First of all, it is a reference to the necessity for parents to cooperate with Godís plan for procreation.
Secondly, God's Divine plan for married couples is to beget and conceive offspring. On this matter, the Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
1601 "The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament."
1652 "By its very nature the institution of marriage and married love is ordered to the procreation and education of the offspring and it is in them that it finds its crowning glory."
According to the teachings of the Catholic Church found in the Code of Canon Law, a marriage is consummated when the "spouses have performed between themselves in a human fashion a conjugal act which is suitable in itself for the procreation of offspring, to which marriage is ordered by its nature and by which the spouses become one flesh." As such, some theologians state that intercourse with contraception does not consummate a marriage.
In simple English, if a couple (A) has not had a sexual relationship (b) with the intent to procreate (have children), they have not consummated their marriage, such giving grounds for an annulment. Both "A" and "B" must be present for a marriage to be consummated in accordance with God's Divine plan of procreation.
In summary, for a marriage to be valid, a couple must be open to God's desire that they be blessed with the gift of children in their marriage. If a couple makes any effort whatsoever to avoid having children, they are not open to God's Plan of procreation.