Announcing NFP Awareness Week

The USSCB has announced that the week of July 22-28 will be celebrated as “NFP Awareness Week.” It marks the anniversary of the release of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae and will afford pastors the opportunity to preach on God’s plan for marriage and family life. For an introduction to the Church’s teaching on contraception, […]

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“My Fertility is Not a Disease”

Valerie Pokorny, a former editor of Lay Witness magazine, has a simple yet thought- provoking editorial posted on CNN’s website entitled “Contraception Denigrates Me as a Woman.” In it, she notes that the Obama administration’s dedication to making contraception more easily obtainable, as evidenced by the Health and Human Services Mandate, is backed by a subtle […]

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End-of-the-Week Round-Up

Bishop Robert F. Vasa, from the Diocese of Baker, Oregon, writes about human dignity and immigration in his latest column in the Catholic Sentinel, “Rights are not derived from law, but from human dignity.” I do not think the church would propose hiring “coyotes” to help bring people to the United States illegally. Yet, once […]

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Living “Naturally” — Updated

I appreciated Matthew over at Creative Minority Report sharing this conversation he had about “natural living” and the Pill. His interlocutor was advocating using more natural products and being mindful of all the chemicals we put in our bodies…then expressed her gratitude for the Pill. Just a snippet: I couldn’t hold my tongue so I […]

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Separating the Men from the Boys

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the Church” (Eph. 5:25). The problem is, most of us can’t just flip a switch and love our wives “as Christ loved the Church,” even if–especially if–we understand the depth of St. Paul’s words. Nonetheless, we realize that the Apostle to the Gentiles is trying to give […]

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Predictions and Fulfillment

In last month’s column, I surveyed several writers who viewed the Sexual Revolution and predicted dire effects, and I concluded with the predictions of Pope Paul VI in his 1968 encyclical, Humanae Vitae. The Holy Father suffered greatly and was widely rejected for his statements, but the others experienced no such effects.  So, why was Pope Paul VI verbally […]

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