Waiting for the Bomb to Drop

In today’s guest column, John Kippley addresses the ”population bomb.” He doesn’t spend much time addressing this discredited myth. Rather, he assumes for the sake of argument that over-population of the planet is a problem that must be addressed by modern man, and convincingly shows that the existence in itself of such a concern by no means justifies recourse to contraception.     Defending Humanae […]

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A Tale of Two Worldviews

One of the most disturbing news items of the past week was the decision of a middle school in Maine to make birth control pills available to its students, which mostly are 11-13 years old. While students need permission to use the school’s health center, the treatment received there is confidential. Therefore, students and health […]

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Pink October

The following item was submitted to us by John and Sheila Kippley, co-founders of National Family Planning International (www.NFPandmore.org). It was originally submitted to the Cincinnati Enquirer.  For two weeks we have been awash in pink to make us aware of breast cancer. Yet we have seen no mention of three of the most important […]

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Update on Connecticut Law

A new law passed by the state of Connecticut regarding treatment for victims of sexual assault, and specifically its effect upon Catholic hospitals in that jurisdiction, has created considerable controversy and confusion. Therefore, I asked Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk of the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) for clarification. Fr. Tad holds a doctorate in neuroscience from […]

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More on Contraception

As part of his series of posts on Humanae Vitae, expert John F. Kippley briskly shreds the argument that scientific advances in contraceptive techniques justify their use, and he also points out the “good science” behind natural family planning. For more in-depth treatment, see the resources offered at the end of Mr. Kippley’s article, which CUF […]

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In Defense of Humanae Vitae

Today Humanae Vitae and NFP expert John Kippley addresses the “totality” argument that some dissenting theologians have used to justify the morality of contraception. The Argument from Totality by John Kippley In the mid-Sixties, some of the would-be revisionists developed an argument called the Argument from the Totality of the Marriage.  Its principal theological proponents […]

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Contraception is for rape victims, not spouses

One of the most controversial topics in the field of medical ethics involves the morality of “emergency contraception” in the context of rape cases. We will be addressing this topic in future postings, and we will also provide links to insightful articles from the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC). When we consider contraception and abortion […]

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NFP Week Continues

Here is the next installment of the series of articles we are posting on this blog in observance of “NFP week.” This article is particularly timely, not only in its connecting NFP with conversions and thus the “new evangelization,” but also in light of the fact that today marks the 39th anniversary of the publication […]

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Explaining Humanae Vitae

In his 1968 encyclical, Humanae Vitae (Concerning Human Life), Pope Paul VI reaffirmed the traditional teaching of the Catholic Church that it is the grave matter of mortal sin for married couples to use unnatural methods of birth control. This teaching is widely misunderstood and not widely followed. This is the first of a series […]

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