Sex au Naturel

By Patrick Coffin
Sex au Naturel

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Sex Au Naturel: What It Is and Why It’s Good For Your Marriage by radio host Patrick Coffin is a bracing ride across the landscape of the Catholic sexual ethic. If you’re looking for intellectual ammo with which to defend and explain the teaching of Humanae Vitae, or if you reject it altogether, you’ll agree that Coffin approaches the topic from a wide array of new and persuasive angles. With humor and enthusiasm—and a total absence of moralizing—you’ll learn:

  • Why Paul VI’s landmark 1968 encyclical was widely rejected a generation ago and why it’s gaining new respectability now
  • Where exactly the Bible teaches against birth control
  • The differences between contraception and natural family planning (hint: they’re more profound than you think)
  • The meaning of the natural law and how it applies to birth control
  • How the dogma of the Blessed Trinity implicitly condemns birth control
  • That every single Protestant denomination rejected birth control until 1930
  • Why the myth of overpopulation is used against the Church, and how to answer it
  • How faithful adherence to the teaching of Humanae Vitae is causally related to marital happiness and longevity
  • Why it’s not too late to start over, even if you’ve been sterilized
  • How to rely on the ever-present grace of God rather than your own strength in faithfully following this challenging, life-giving aspect of Christian discipleship
  • Much, much more!


About the Author

Patrick Coffin is the host of Catholic Answers Live, the number-one rated Catholic radio show in America. He has published dozens of articles, essays, and interviews. Born in Nova Scotia, he is an alumnus of Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, McGill University in Montreal, and Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, where he obtained a master’s degree in theology. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Mariella, and their daughters.


“Patrick Coffin argues the case against contraception from the Bible, tradition, and reason. This book is well researched and demonstrates a real desire to share the riches of the Church’ s teaching on the beauty and dignity of the sexual act. I hope Sex au Naturel will be well received and that many Catholics will find it useful.”

—Cardinal George Pell, Former Archbishop of Sydney, Australia

“In Sex au Naturel, Patrick Coffin presents a clear and compelling case for the timeless teaching of the Church on contraception. Coffin demonstrates the beauty, power, and joy that is possible in marital sexual love when a couple does not separate what God has joined—their union expressing life-giving love.”

—Kimberly Hahn, Bestselling Author

“Patrick Coffin is an excellent educator who has the rare gift of being engaging without lapsing into the loose colloquialisms and self-conscious hipness that often mars well-intended articulations of the Church’ s sexual teachings. Faithful and solidly written, with ample historical background, Sex au Naturel provides a lucid and engaging defense of the Church’ s teachings against contraception that should be helpful to couples as well as those wishing to sharpen their skills in defending the faith.”

—Dawn Eden, Author of The Thrill of the Chaste

“A necessary addition to any collection of Catholic or pro-life books, Sex au Naturel ultimately provides us with the key to building a culture of life: respect for the very act that brings about new life.”

—Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life

“Who knew that reading about the Catholic Church’ s teachings on birth control could be this much fun? Or that there was more to know—much more—about relevant Scripture, tradition, and the current reception of Humanae Vitae? Patrick Coffin mixes a marvelous command of Scripture with a personal story many will relate to and very modern insights into the meaning and consequences of a contraceptive mentality. People who thought they knew why Humanae Vitae was right will find new reasons to love it. People who doubt the wisdom of Humanae Vitae will find new reasons to reconsider their position.”

—Helen Alvaré, Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, Chair of the Catholic Women’s Forum


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