Crisis Magazine published an article on Friday entitled “Of Dave Ramsey, Babies, and Birth Control” in which contributor Richard Becker asserts that the Dave Ramsey approach to finances “is not for childbearing Catholic couples who take the teaching of the Church seriously.” Basically Becker’s argument, based on a citation from The Dave Ramsey [Radio] Show, is that Catholics who don’t use birth control can’t subscribe to Dave Ramsey’s 7 Baby Steps.

Now, I’ve made no secret of the fact that we follow Dave’s advice to the letter; or that it’s enabled Andrew and I, a single/modest-income couple with three small boys (and hoping to be blessed with more), to have financial peace. So naturally, Becker’s article forced me to examine our practices. Are they, is Dave, against Church teaching? No worries, fellow Dave fans – they’re not and he’s not.

Mr. Becker gives an excerpt of transcript from a radio conversation (