The Prophets

When Pope Paul VI issued his landmark 1968 encyclical on marital chastity, Humanae Vitae, he predicted dire consequences from the growing acceptance of unnatural methods of birth control.  He was widely ridiculed at the time by those who dissented from Humanae Vitae, but today nobody is laughing.  In fact, each passing year more and more people proclaim […]

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Go Monks!

In recent years, Belmont Abbey College in the Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina has been a notable bright spot on the Catholic higher education landscape in the United States. Much of the credit for the institution’s resurgence rightly goes to its dynamic, new president, Dr. William Thierfelder, as well as the community of Benedictine monks […]

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Contraception and the Sexual Revolution

There is less talk today about the Sexual Revolution than there was in the eighties, and that’s because the revolution has become institutionalized.  What seemed revolutionary in the 1960s became commonplace by the end of the 20th century.  Back in the 1950s, contraception, though widely practiced by non-Catholics, was still a taboo subject; people didn’t […]

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Humanae Vitae and Three Natures

In last month’s commentary we looked at the teaching of Humanae Vitae from the perspective of the authority of the Church to teach about human love. Specifically, we saw that Jesus at the Last Supper promised that the Holy Spirit would continue to guide the Apostles and their successors in teaching the truth, including the […]

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End of the Innocents?

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Innocents, the little boys who were massacred by Herod in an attempt to put the Christ Child to death. These “innocents” are now venerated as martyrs. There is an obvious connection between the Holy Innocents and the victims of abortion, whose deaths are also made possible by political regimes […]

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The “Counselor” and Contraception

In this month’s column, John Kippley examines the Church’s perennial rejection of contraception from the standpoint of Christ’s guarantee to send the Holy Spirit not only to teach us but also remind us about the truth already made known to us through the natural law (see Romans 1:20)–including the truth about the human person and human sexuality.   Humanae Vitae and […]

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No Longer “Book of the Month”

In recent weeks I have reluctantly criticized the bishops’ new website on marriage for, among other things, recommending as a marriage resource a book by dissident theologian Richard Gaillardetz. I also raised these concerns with a few of the bishops who serve on the Marriage and Family Committee of the USCCB, who said they would […]

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What God Has Joined

In this month’s installment of John Kippley’s ongoing series leading up to the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, he addresses the myth that contraception leads to a greater incidence of intact, fulfilling marriages. Rather, contraception undermines not only the procreative but also the unitive dimension of the marriage bond, thereby contributing to the alarming divorce rate not only on a societal level, but even […]

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More on “For Your Marriage” Site

Regarding our recent post on the U.S. Bishops’ new “For Your Marriage” website, we received the following comment from marriage and family expert John F. Kippley regarding the site’s recommendation of the work of Dr. Richard Gaillardetz: “Thanks for directing me to the long analysis of the works of the dissenting theologian,  Dr. Richard Gaillardetz.  […]

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Not for My Marriage

As most of our readers probably know, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is meeting this week in Baltimore. CUF president Mike Sullivan is representing us at the meeting, and will be providing updates and insights as he is able. There are several interesting items up for discussion at this year’s fall meeting, including […]

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