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How the Catholic Church Became Cool Overnight
Bad Catholic ^ | February 10, 2012 | Marc

Posted on 02/11/2012 11:55:23 PM PST by Brian Kopp DPM

How the Catholic Church Became Cool Overnight

Posted on by Marc

Or, to be precise, how all the balling was duly recognized.

Having tested the waters of agnosticism, the general culture, and a whole host of personal heresies, sins and stupidities, I have come to Walker Percy’s conclusion:

Q: What kind of Catholic are you?

A. Bad.

Q: Are you a dogmatic Catholic or an open-minded Catholic?

A: I don’t know what that means . . . . Do you mean do I believe the dogma that the Catholic Church proposes for belief?

Q: Yes.

A: Yes.

Q: How is such a belief possible in this day and age?

A: What else is there?

Q: What do you mean, what else is there? There is humanism, atheism, agnosticism, Marxism, behaviorism, materialism, Buddhism, Muhammadanism, Sufism, astrology, occultism, theosophy.

A: That’s what I mean.

Q: I don’t understand. Would you exclude, for example, scientific humanism as a rational and honorable alternative?

A: Yes.

Q: Why?

A: It’s not good enough.

Q: Why not?

A: This life is too much trouble, far too strange, to arrive at the end of it and then to be asked what you make of it and have to answer “Scientific humanism.” That won’t do. A poor show. Life is a mystery, love is a delight. Therefore I take it as axiomatic that one should settle for nothing less than the infinite mystery and the infinite delight, i.e., God. In fact I demand it. I refuse to settle for anything less.

So get at me.

As far as I’m concerned — though I’m certainly open to scientific humanism making a big, total-fulfillment-of-the-human-person comeback — Catholicism is the addict’s fix, the starving child’s Chipotle burrito, and the UVA student’s pastel shorts and button-downs, etcetera, etcetera, ad infinitum et in saecula saeculorum, amen. What I didn’t realize – how could I? — is that the world would catch up to my particularly brilliant brilliance.

That’s right folks. I woke up this morning and the Church was the shizz. This is first and foremost because we have been rudely placed in the position of rebellion, and of the advocation of civil disobedience. To those who understand the teachings of the Church, this rebellion is nothing new, it has just been suddenly and fantastically stuck in the public eye. (Thank you, Department of Health and Human Services.) The Church already rebels against the twin monsters Socialism and Capitalism in her teachings, and strives instead after the principles of subsidiarity, in which the human person is neither an economic tool nor a cog in the machine. The Church already calls us to rebel against the culture of death, against abortion — of course — but with equal fervor against euthanasia, unjust war, the unjust use of the death penalty, suicide, terrorism, and any attacks on life. But now everyone gets to know that these guys:

Are all about this:

But nicely, like this:

And, with rapidity, this everyone has been expressing their support. Let’s take NPR, one of the more leftist media outlets. They had the daring to post a piece from the secular The Weekly Standard, which said, amongst other gems:

It’s unclear whether Obama anticipated the blowback which resulted from this announcement, or perhaps even welcomed the fight. The liberal Catholic establishment nearly exploded. Sister Keehan was so horrified she threw her lot in with the more conservative Dolan in full-throated opposition to Obama. Cardinal Roger Mahony, the spectacularly liberal archbishop emeritus of Los Angeles, wrote, “I cannot imagine a more direct and frontal attack on freedom of conscience… This decision must be fought against with all the energies the Catholic community can muster.” Michael Sean Winters, the National Catholic Reporter‘s leftist lion, penned a 1,800-word cri de coeur titled “J’accuse!” in which he declared that, as God was his witness, he would never again vote for Obama. The editors of the Jesuit magazine America denounced a “wrong decision,” while the Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne called the policy “unconscionable.” When you’ve lost even E.J. and the Jesuits, you’ve lost the church.

Indeed, and such on NPR. This particularly great write-up came with The Atlantic, Laura Ingraham, Hot Air — noting with Rasmussen that the majority of Americans are against the attack on religious liberty — and a whole host of others. But here’s the thing about the Church. Once you begin the radical task of defending Her right to practice what She preaches, you can’t help but notice how excellent that preaching is. Thus the issue of why — precisely — the Church is against the use of artificial contraception is similarly irritating the public eye, and as it turns, ’tis a beautiful irritant. The Business Insider, an entirely secular journal, found it alarming enough to publish Time To Admit It: The Church Has Always Been Right On Birth Control. From the article:

The Church teaches that love, marriage, sex, and procreation are all things that belong together. That’s it. But it’s pretty important. And though the Church has been teaching this for 2,000 years, it’s probably never been as salient as today.

Today’s injunctions against birth control were re-affirmed in a 1968 document by Pope Paul VI called Humanae Vitae. He warned of four results if the widespread use of contraceptives was accepted:

  1. General lowering of moral standards
  2. A rise in infidelity, and illegitimacy
  3. The reduction of women to objects used to satisfy men.
  4. Government coercion in reproductive matters.

Does that sound familiar?

Because it sure sounds like what’s been happening for the past 40 years.

So what happened overnight? Why is the Church’s most controversial teaching something that — suddenly — can be affirmed in the secular, public sphere without fear? The teachings didn’t change — they’ve always been awesome. Our culture didn’t change — it continues to suck. No, we owe this shift in disposition to the remarkable act of placing our hands on the desk, pushing firmly down upon it while pushing firmly up with the toes, and straightening the kneecaps until the body is aligned vertically between heaven and earth.

We stood up. The net result of the Bishops’ hardass response, the preaching directed against the mandate in parishes across the country, and the blogosphere’s immature and shrill cry of outrage was this: We are winning, and not just the battle, but hearts along with it. The fact that something as obviously wrong as the HHS mandate happened should be no surprise. In fairness to the Administration, from a brief look of the Catholic Church in America, one may not have known She is still in opposition to the use of artificial contraception. I do not simply speak of the massive level of dissent over the Church’s teaching, I speak of the general lack of confrontation the issue gets from the pulpit, whether the Bishop’s or the parish priest’s. I know it’s easier said than done, and perhaps I speak out of place, but please, priests: When 83% of your flock are in sin, it is your duty to address the issue. Will parishioners walk out on you? Without a shadow of doubt, for the Gospel is a piercing sword at times. But as the net result of standing against the HHS mandate has — thus far — been an outpouring of support and good, so will be the result of an organized stand against the stupidity of artificial contraception. We have learned the power of saying firmly what we believe, and not giving a damn what the world thinks of it. Let us now use it to confront the heart of the modern world — our miserable view of the human body, our utter boredom with the act of sex, and our hostility towards new life.



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1 posted on 02/11/2012 11:55:33 PM PST by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: TeĆ³filo; Cronos; wagglebee; dsc; Deo volente; MarkBsnr; Mad Dawg; ArrogantBustard; ...
Why is the Church’s most controversial teaching something that — suddenly — can be affirmed in the secular, public sphere without fear?

Some of us have affirmed this without fear for a long time ;-)

2 posted on 02/12/2012 12:10:40 AM PST by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

Yup. It’s the only thing that makes any sense. Everything else is just too......beige. We grew out of Gerber’s mashed peas.


3 posted on 02/12/2012 12:17:00 AM PST by michigancatholic (How Catholicism Became Cool)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp
Why Contraception Is a Bad Idea #1 — Natural Law
Posted on by Marc

After the drama of our last post, I believe I owe all of you studly individuals an explanation. Of course, in the particular situation of the HHS Mandate, I don’t think it matters one whit whether you agree with the Church’s teaching on contraception: It is an affront to all religious liberty, and should be opposed as such. But the 800 lbs. Papal Bull in the room remains: Well, why is the Church opposed to contraception? I will attempt to answer that question. There may be some pictures. Do not fear, they are neither for your sake, nor the depth of my argument, only for the gratification of my ADHD.

See?

(Disclaimer: I understand that there are legitimate medical uses for hormonal contraceptives. As Humanae Vitae states “The Church does not consider at all illicit the use of those therapeutic means necessary to cure bodily diseases, even if a foreseeable impediment to procreation should result there from—provided such impediment is not directly intended for any motive whatsoever.” This article is written with the assumption that contraception is being used to solely and directly to prevent pregnancy.)

The Case From Natural Law

Natural Law is very simple. It claims two axioms: That all things should achieve their natural end, and that situations and actions can be decided as contrary to an organism’s natural end based on their effects upon that organism. For example, putting a rosebush in a closet leads to the withering of the rosebush. To wither is not the natural end of the rosebush. In fact, inherent in the rosebush’s biology is its natural goal of growth and reproduction. Therefore, rosebushes should not be placed in closets.

If you subscribe to some sort of nihilistic-hipster-philosophy that claims something like, “Yeah but couldn’t the withering of the rosebush be just as good as its flourishing?” then go outside, take a knee, and punch yourself in the face. If, however, you are of the sound, existential view that humans and rosebushes were both meant to flourish, read on:

The natural end of sex is both unity and procreation. Love and life. Shocking, but true. If this is denied, and it is claimed that sex is solely about making babies, then you’re a jerk in the vein of Henry VIII, and a Puritan besides. If, on the other hand, it is claimed that sex is solely about pleasure, one must contend with the shocking fact of what — precisely — leaves a man and enters a woman.

To argue otherwise is to look at a farmer casting seeds upon fertile ground and claim that he is casting the seed for the pure joy of seed-casting. This is not to say there is no joy, even a wild joy, to be found in planting a field. It is simply to note that it would be an insane man who would plant his field by the logic that throwing seeds is fun, and then become shocked and annoyed when his field bore grain in due season. Every part of the action of sex speaks to the creation of new life. Yet regard the reaction of modern man, who plants his seed on fertile ground, and the modern woman, who receives that seed…okay, wait, gimme a sec…

…and then — upon being confronted with new life — cry “How did this happen?” or “I can’t believe this happened to me!” and in fear kill the new life they have created. In the midst of a world of insane farmers, I hold this truth to be self-evident: The natural end of sex is both unity (pleasure) and procreation (babies) and these things are inseparably intertwined.

To contracept is to remove the possibility of procreation from the equation. Thus sex does not achieve its natural end. This is hardly contested. What is contested is whether or not this is a bad thing.

If an act does not achieve its natural end, that act is detrimental to the organism. If the act of eating does not achieve its natural end of filling, the organism will starve. Think about bulimia. We reject bulimia as disordered because it seeks to have only half of eating’s natural end — the pleasure of eating — while rejecting the other — being full. When the act of eating is not allowed to achieve its natural end, the act is detrimental to the organism. The bulimic suffers.

Or think about foreplay (but not too specifically.) If the act of foreplay is not allowed to achieve its natural end — sex — the organism suffers. Particularly the male organism — who must curl into a ball and whimper as the blood built up in his testicles slowly and painfully departs — but also the general psychological disappointment in frustration involved. We would reject the man who wants the excitement of foreplay without the release of orgasm in the same way we would mock a band who counts off in a fury and then walks off stage. Again: When an act is not allowed to reach its natural end, the organism suffers. If the act of sleep fails to achieve its natural end, the organism is tired. When bathing is not allowed to reach its natural end, the organism remains dirty.

It is also worth pointing out that in each case, were an act that does not reach its natural end to be accepted as normal and popular, society as a whole — or the humans species, if you will — would suffer. If we were all bulimic, we wouldn’t last long.

So we arrive at contraception. To summarize my argument: Sex is by its nature both unitive and procreative. To deny an essential part of its nature is to prevent sex from achieving its natural end. When acts do not achieve their natural end, the acting organism suffers. When those acts become widespread, society suffers. Now I grant that a human being is a fantastically complex organism, but if what I say is true — that the act of contraception prevents sex from achieving its natural end — the human being must suffer as a result of contraception.

And as it turns out, they do. If it is a hormonal form of contraception that interrupts a woman’s actual biology — and thus the natural ends of a her biological acts — then its harm is clear: Hormonal contraceptives increase the risk of breast cancer in women, and it is now argued that they increase the risk of prostate cancer in men. Their list of side-effects is tremendously long — stroke, heart-attack, and blood-clots being among my least favorites.

(Here it may be argued, yes, but hormonal contraceptives reduce the risk of ovarian cancer as well, and there is thus a “canceling” effect that needs taking into account. But low-dose birth control pills, the most commonly prescribed hormonal contraceptives, have been proven to reduce a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer by less than 1% per year of use. This is not to say that such a reduction is not beneficial at all, but it must be pointed out that hormonal contraception reduces the risk of ovarian cancer only insofar as it imitates the natural end of sex — pregnancy. Pregnancy leads to a 40% “decrease in the risk for epithelial ovarian cancer with the first live birth,” a risk that is further decreased by subsequent breast-feeding. It would take forty years of being on the Pill to achieve the benefits that having one baby provides. Please do not quote the widely circulated statistic that the Pill reduces the risk of ovarian cancer by 40-80%. This statistic is the result of an average, taken from a study that included women who used high-dose birth control pills, had been on the Pill for up to 20 years, and had already had one or more children. Incidentally, the risk-reduction for high-dose birth control pills is 7% per year, but these are the market’s least prescribed pills, as women reject them for their extreme side-effects.)

I would also argue that the use of some physical barriers — i.e. the condom, the female condom — by seeking to avoid the physical contact that allows the possibility of procreation, actual reduce the physical pleasure of unity. But I don’t have a lot of expertise in that area. But a human being doesn’t just suffer from contraception on a physical level. There is an emotional, psychological toll.

Think of the statement contraception makes: We tell our sexual partners, in the act of sex, I want all of you, totally, completely, except your fertility. You keep that to yourself. Or if we’re guys, keeping our girls on the Pill, we’re effectively saying, “This part of you I must control. I love you, and I’ll sleep with you, but on the condition that you take a hormone preventing your natural, bodily state.” This may be part of the reason NFP users have an average divorce rate of 0.2%, and experience over all “happier marriages.” Not because they are better, but simply because, like a rosebush in the sun, they are flourishing.

And society too pays a toll for contraception. Besides that if you take the contraception attitude to its logical conclusion, you arrive at the end of our species, there is John C. Wright’s argument — a fantastic philosophical construction, by the way – that “widespread socially accepted use of contraception in a society makes the illusion of consequence-free sexual vice possible, and that illusion is not possible otherwise.” The plethora of problems we face today — from abortion to S.T.D’s to broken family structures — are the result of a mentality that sex does not have consequences, a mentality caused — by and large — by contraception.

So the Church isn’t simply saying “don’t use contraception or God will smite you.” Far, far from it. The Church is saying that our very bodies, our very beings reject the act of contraception as a violation of natural law. It is a sin, yes, but more in the sense that bulimia is a sin. It is a rejection of a good, natural selves, and the fullness of our own potential. Contraception doesn’t allow sex to achieve its natural end, and thus, like putting a rosebush in a closet, it leads to a withering, whether that be physically, emotionally, psychologically or socially. And human beings were not meant to wither, but to have life to its fullest.

Thanks for reading! I imagine this won’t go down well, but please keep an open mind in the comment box. If you are blatantly trolling in excessive bout of injured pride, I will replace your comments with my favorite sections from the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae.


4 posted on 02/12/2012 12:23:46 AM PST by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp
Why Contraception is a Bad Idea #2 — Scripture Prohibits It
Posted on by Marc

The use of artificial contraception is clearly prohibited in Scripture. Of course, if you view Scripture in the same manner I view Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion — with a deep sense of skepticism and a distaste for prosaic, old men on ego-trips — then perhaps the fact that contraception violates the natural law is an argument better suited to your tastes. If, however, you are of the radical belief that Sacred Scripture is sacred, do read on:

I begin with a rather obvious point, that if one were to approach an ancient Jew and give him any variation upon the theme of “I prefer my women infertile,” he would be mocked. Our contraception-uber-alles culture would be utterly incomprehensible to the ancients, simply because the Israelites were forever recovering from, involved in, or avoiding near annihilation.

And when you’re a race constantly enslaved, warred upon, kicked around the Mesopotamian Basin, and generally given a hard time, the last thing on your mind is, “Dang, how to reduce our numbers?” It’s more like, “Dear Jesus, I hope I survive long enough to procreate.” Without the Jesus part.

So there exists no commandment specifying “Thou shall not place snakeskin wraps around thy genitals, nor put poison nor wool in thy wife’s birth canal” (as Egyptian civilizations were wont to do), because it was a given. Duh Lord, we want kids. Who else is going to slit the throats of our enemies when we’re old and crippled? Who else will take care of us? Who else but our children will continue to be your chosen people?

Thus it is made clear throughout Scripture that having children was considered a blessing: “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children on one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they shall not be ashamed, when they speak with their enemies in the gate” (Psalm 127:3-5).

But there still exists a clear rejection of contraception in the Bible:

“Judah said to Onan, ‘Go in to your brother’s wife, and perform the duty of a brother-in-law to her, and raise up offspring for your brother.’ But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother’s wife he spilled the semen on the ground, lest he should give offspring to his brother. And what he did was displeasing in the sight of the Lord, and he slew him also” (Gen. 38:8–10).

So there you have it. The practice of coitus interruptus was prohibited. Now it may be argued that Onan was not punished for his contraceptive act, but for his refusal to raise offspring for his brother’s widow. But the biblical penalty for not giving your brother’s widow children was public humiliation, not death (Deut. 25:7–10). Public humiliation as in “his brother’s wife shall go up to him in the presence of the elders and pull his sandal off his foot and spit in his face.” (Which we should bring back.)(Dammit woman, give me back my sandal!)(Admit it, having a singular sandal sounds mightily emasculating.)))

But Onan received death as punishment for his crime. So the Bible-believing Christian is left with two choices. Either God inexplicably broke his own law and and killed a man –and thus God is a tyrant — or Onan was being punished for more than just a failure to fulfill his duty to his brother’s wife. I hold that God was punishing him for his act of contraception, for having all the pleasure and none of the procreation — For distorting the natural end of sex. To which there may be the following complaints.

A) But Jesus changed all that!

Really, where in the Bible does he take back this particular divine action? The Early Church certainly couldn’t tell:

“Because of its divine institution for the propagation of man, the seed is not to be vainly ejaculated, nor is it to be damaged, nor is it to be wasted” (A.D. 195, Clement of Alexandria, The Instructor of Children 2:10:91:2).

“…on account of their prominent ancestry and great property, the so-called faithful [certain Christian women who had affairs with male servants] want no children from slaves or lowborn commoners, [so] they use drugs of sterility or bind themselves tightly in order to expel a fetus which has already been engendered” (A.D 255, Hippolytus of Rome, Refutation of All Heresies 9:12).

B) But the Early Church was all corrupted by Catholicism, Martin Luther reformed all that!

Actually, Martin Luther was much meaner about the whole contraception issue than any one I’ve read so far.

“[T]he exceedingly foul deed of Onan, the basest of wretches . . . is a most disgraceful sin. It is far more atrocious than incest and adultery. We call it unchastity, yes, a sodomitic sin. For Onan goes in to her; that is, he lies with her and copulates, and when it comes to the point of insemination, spills the semen, lest the woman conceive. Surely at such a time the order of nature established by God in procreation should be followed. Accordingly, it was a most disgraceful crime. . . . Consequently, he deserved to be killed by God. He committed an evil deed. Therefore, God punished him.” (Luther’s Works, Vol. 5, p.332)

C) But John Calvin–

Nope. “Deliberately avoiding the intercourse, so that the seed drops on the ground, is doubly horrible. For this means that one quenches the hope of his family…” (John Calvin, Commentary on Genesis.)

D) But John Wesley–

Stop that. “Those sins that dishonor the body are very displeasing to God, and the evidence of vile affections. Observe, the thing which he [Onan] did displeased the Lord—and it is to be feared; thousands, especially of single persons, by this very thing, still displease the Lord, and destroy their own souls.”

E) But some one –

No. Not one, single Protestant denomination before the 1930′s held that the use of artificial contraception was anything but sinful. May I ask, what on earth has changed, besides the fact that we now live in a culture that really, really wants birth control?

D) But I —

Precisely.

(For a more in depth explanation of why this punishment must be seen as a direct result of Onan’s contraceptive act, go here.)


5 posted on 02/12/2012 12:24:32 AM PST by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: michigancatholic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgiQlod0HCg&feature=related

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6 posted on 02/12/2012 12:33:27 AM PST by michigancatholic (How Catholicism Became Cool)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

Great article and thank you for sharing it.


7 posted on 02/12/2012 12:56:45 AM PST by thecodont
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

Beautiful.


8 posted on 02/12/2012 2:50:47 AM PST by FlyingEagle
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To: thecodont; Dr. Brian Kopp

The author is a freshman at Steubenville. He also produced a pretty good video at the MFL. His family belongs to my parish.


9 posted on 02/12/2012 2:59:17 AM PST by Mad Dawg (Jesus, I trust in you.)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

Great article and thank you for sharing it.


10 posted on 02/12/2012 3:34:28 AM PST by Rashputin (Obama stark, raving, mad, and even his security people know it.)
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To: Mad Dawg; Dr. Brian Kopp

The author should be congratulated on his expressive efforts here. Great job.


11 posted on 02/12/2012 4:14:34 AM PST by sayuncledave (et Verbum caro factum est (And the Word was made flesh))
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To: Anoreth

Interesting colloquialisms - rather as if P.J. fell asleep on the Urban Dictionary - and a nice bit from the smooth Walker Percy.

You could have written it better, I think.


12 posted on 02/12/2012 4:58:05 AM PST by Tax-chick (Fire in the sky, lava in the ocean ... waiting for the next explosion.)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp
Great article...and I actually recognized the Calvin and Hobbes T-Rex in a jet image.
13 posted on 02/12/2012 5:20:04 AM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: Tax-chick

At least he wrote it. You didn’t. Sheesh.


14 posted on 02/12/2012 5:27:15 AM PST by Afterguard
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To: Afterguard

Oh, get a grip. I was just pointing my daughter’s attention to the thread - and she could have produced a better-organized discussion, without question.


15 posted on 02/12/2012 5:29:19 AM PST by Tax-chick (Fire in the sky, lava in the ocean ... waiting for the next explosion.)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

Thanks.


16 posted on 02/12/2012 6:25:38 AM PST by aruanan
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To: Tax-chick

It is what it is.

The author did it his way and in his words and for me—that works just fine.

Congratulations to him.


17 posted on 02/12/2012 6:35:29 AM PST by Running On Empty (The three sorriest words: "It's too late")
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

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18 posted on 02/12/2012 6:35:51 AM PST by pepperdog (Why are Democrats Afraid of a Voter ID Law?)
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To: Tax-chick; Dr. Brian Kopp
Interesting colloquialisms - rather as if P.J. fell asleep on the Urban Dictionary - and a nice bit from the smooth Walker Percy.

You could have written it better, I think.


Geez! First, he's a freshman who is writing grammatically correct English. That's a huge thing in this day and age. Second, he's coherent and entertaining. That's even more remarkable. Third, he's writing with an identifiable voice. He's already far ahead of many people who are writing professionally in the main stream media opinion columns.
19 posted on 02/12/2012 6:38:58 AM PST by aruanan
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp
When 83% of your flock are in sin, it is your duty to address the issue. Will parishioners walk out on you? Without a shadow of doubt, for the Gospel is a piercing sword at times. But as the net result of standing against the HHS mandate has — thus far — been an outpouring of support and good, so will be the result of an organized stand against the stupidity of artificial contraception.

Let me say from the beginning that as a former Catholic, I applaud the Catholic Church's response to the Obama Administration's attack on our Constitutional, God given LIBERTY to worship as we choose in this country.

What Obama has done, is in my view no less a direct assault on Christianity, and by extension, freedom of religion in this country.

Having said all that, I remain concerned that Obama may actually be winning this war, deepening a schism in the Church - allow me to explain. I've lost count over the last few days of the number of women who claim to be Catholics, use birth control and have said that the Church needs to 'modernize itself' on this issue. Further, many of them say that there should be a 'compromise' which would allow them to continue taking contraception without impacting the "beauty and sanctity" of Church teachings.

In short, there's a large number of women (and likely men/husbands) in the Catholic Church who "want it both ways."

This is specifically where the Obama administration is targeting their assault - to cause a rift in the Church.

The political aspect of this is simple: the Obama Administration knows it's losing the Catholic vote, and they can't ignore that fact given the number of Catholic's in this country. What to do? Exploit a deep seated, long held "rift" in the Catholic church on a sensitive issue that (frankly speaking..) a large number of women disagree with the church's position on: contraception.

Exploiting that rift means they'll get some portion of the Catholic vote back, and at the same time further their goal of chipping away at freedom of religion, and the practical exercise thereof, in this country. It's part of their "grand plan" if you will.

In closing, I want to re-state that I applaud the Catholic Church for standing up and making its voice heard on this issue. This IMO is *exactly* what the church should be doing and I'm as heartened as I can be to see it. I applaud the Church for standing up, making itself heard, and outright rebelling against this corrupt, tyrannical Obama regime.

At the end of the day, if it comes down to it, I shall see you in the streets protesting/speaking out/marching against this atrocity. Who knows, we may end up in a jail cell together.

Thank you for a wonderful, thought provoking article.

20 posted on 02/12/2012 7:06:50 AM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

Wow! Great blog.


21 posted on 02/12/2012 7:11:41 AM PST by paterfamilias
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To: usconservative

“I’ve lost count over the past few days of the number of women who claim to be Catholics”...

There is going to be a separating of the sheep from the goats.

There are those who “weren’t with us” all along.

Those who have been steadfast all along will grow more so.


22 posted on 02/12/2012 7:15:45 AM PST by Running On Empty (The three sorriest words: "It's too late")
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

Ping for later


23 posted on 02/12/2012 7:20:57 AM PST by ALPAPilot
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp
Letter from the Bishops, re-published from your blog. Thought most would find it interesting here:

Dear Brother Bishops,

As you have heard, today President Obama announced an upcoming change in the federal rule requiring most private health plans in the U.S. to include coverage for contraception, sterilization and some drugs that can induce abortions.

The Administration’s stated intent is to protect a broader class of religious employers from being forced to pay directly for objectionable coverage or to list it in the plans they offer their own employees. But it does not meet our standard of respecting the religious liberty and moral convictions of all stakeholders in the health coverage transaction. Therefore we remain committed to rigorous legislative guarantees of religious freedom.

We remain fully committed to the defense of our religious liberty and we strongly protest the violation of our freedom of religion that has not been addressed. We continue to work for the repeal of the mandate. We have grave reservations that the government is intruding in the definition of who is and who is not a religious employer. Upon further study we are very concerned that serious issues still remain and we have found numerous problems which we will raise in this letter.

We heard of the change this morning. President Obama called our USCCB president, Cardinal-Designate Dolan, to tell him that significant changes would be made in the final federal rule in an effort to accommodate our concerns about the religious freedom of our institutions. He outlined these changes, and said the Administration would be in further dialogue with religious organizations to work out the questions that remain unanswered. He said White House officials were willing to meet with us to discuss the issue further. Later in the morning, senior White House staff came to our Conference headquarters to do so and to answer questions. Shortly after the announcement by President Obama, Conference staff held a conference call with staff from Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities, USA, Catholic Health Association, the University of Notre Dame and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.

At present our understanding of the new final rule, at least part of which is expected to appear in the Federal Register next week, is as follows.

The Administration has indicated it is retaining the narrow, four-pronged exemption for “religious employers” such as churches and houses of worship. There is a serious concern that the four-pronged exemption would become a precedent for other regulations. However, it will also offer a new policy covering “non-exempt” religious organizations such as charities and hospitals. Our concern remains strong that the government is creating its own definitions of who is “religious enough” for full protection. Secular employers must provide coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortion inducing drugs.

Non-exempt religious organizations that object to these services may offer a health plan without them – that is, they do not list the services in their plan and they do not pay directly for them. But the insurance issuer selling this plan must offer to add these services for each of the organization’s employees free of charge (that is, no additional premium and no co-pay or out-of-pocket expenses). We are told that this is not to be seen as a “rider” – rather, these items will simply be covered, but without the employer endorsing or directly providing them. However, it remains unclear as to how insurers will be compensated for the cost of these items, with some commentators suggesting that such compensation will ultimately be derived from the premiums paid by the religious employer. This lack of clarity is a grave concern.

These latter (religious but non-exempt) employers will have a year (up to August 2013) to work out final details of this, with a further rule to be issued by the Administration before the end of that period. The advantage is that we can take part in this dialogue; the down side is that we may not know the final actual details of some aspects of the policy until well into the New Year.

All insurers without exception are covered by the mandate to provide these services without charge. At this point it does not seem that a religiously affiliated health plan (e.g., one run by a Catholic health system) can be offered to the general public and exclude the objectionable services, since most of the public is supposed to have these services included by their insurers automatically.

We are presented with a serious dilemma regarding self-insured plans, where a religious organization is both employer and insurer, and regarding student health plans offered by religious colleges and universities. It appears that such plans will be required to offer the objectionable coverage.

It seems clear there is no exemption for Catholic and other individuals who work for secular employers; for such individuals who own or operate a business; or for employers who have a moral (not religious) objection to some procedures such as the abortifacient drug Ella. This presents a grave moral problem that must be addressed, and it is unclear whether this combination of policies creates a mandate for contraception, sterilization and abortion inducing drugs covering more of the U.S. population than originally proposed.

The indication from the Administration that this process will be worked out into the coming year is of grave concern. Prolonging the process of the protection of religious liberty over multiple months is not beneficial or effective for the clear principle of religious liberty and freedom from coercion. In particular, the clear assertion of religious liberty is a matter of justice for our employees.

As you can see we have a great deal of work ahead of us. We need to study the proposal quickly, carefully and with all legitimate viewpoints represented in order to come to firmer conclusions. The Catholic Church has been the leading voice for religious freedom and moral conviction on this issue, and we want to commend all the bishops for the good work that has been done to bring this urgent issue to the very peak of public awareness. Our task is far from over. We remain fully determined to work strenuously with our many partners in service to the full exercise of the right to religious liberty in our country.

Our brother bishops permit us to repeat the principles that are guiding us:

First, there is the respect for religious liberty. No government has the right to intrude into the affairs of the Church, much less coerce, the Church faithful individuals to engage in or cooperate in any way with immoral practices.

Second, it is the place of the Church, not of government to define its religious identity and ministry.

Third, we continue to oppose the underlying policy of a government mandate for purchase or promotion of contraception, sterilization or abortion inducing drugs.

Thank you, brothers, for your commitment to work with everyone concerned about religious freedom in our society and to advance our principled goals. We will continue to keep you informed as we study this issue and learn more about this policy and our opportunities for its correction. We heartily welcome your observations and continued prayers and support.

Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan

Archbishop of New York, President

24 posted on 02/12/2012 7:25:52 AM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Running On Empty
Zero disagreement with your post.

Let me just say that whatever one's denomination, faith based systems such as Catholicism are not "menu's" from which to choose.

One either subscribes to, and adhere's to the tenants of one's faith fully, or one stops calling themselves members of that faith.

In my (narrow) mind, it's that simple.

25 posted on 02/12/2012 7:30:29 AM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

**We stood up. The net result of the Bishops’ hardass response, the preaching directed against the mandate in parishes across the country, and the blogosphere’s immature and shrill cry of outrage was this: We are winning, and not just the battle, but hearts along with it.**

Amen to that!


26 posted on 02/12/2012 8:13:01 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Tax-chick

Apparently my ability to write at a college freshman level is in question.


27 posted on 02/12/2012 8:26:48 AM PST by Anoreth (It's not stupid, it's advanced!)
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To: Tax-chick

Apparently my ability to write at a college freshman level is in question.


28 posted on 02/12/2012 8:27:39 AM PST by Anoreth (It's not stupid, it's advanced!)
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To: Tax-chick

Apparently my ability to write at a college freshman level is in question.


29 posted on 02/12/2012 8:39:24 AM PST by Anoreth (It's not stupid, it's advanced!)
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To: Mad Dawg

Impressive! Is he also a FReeper by any chance?


30 posted on 02/12/2012 10:53:22 AM PST by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Anoreth

There are too many highly-sensitive commentators for them all to be the author, so I don’t understand the carrying-on. Any writing produced for the public can take comments on its content or presentation ... or it ought to be kept to one’s private journal.

If the author is a bright, conservative youth, he’d recognize “P.J. naps on the Urban Dictionary” as something of a compliment.


31 posted on 02/12/2012 11:25:18 AM PST by Tax-chick (Fire in the sky, lava in the ocean ... waiting for the next explosion.)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp; Tax-chick; Anoreth
Thank you for posting this article. I am very thankful that the Catholic Church is taking this stand. You are not alone but I fear that the Protestant voice will not be as loud as the Catholic voice will be...so thank you for taking the lead on this issue.

My wife and I became convinced to not use birth control after reading a little book called, “The Bible and Birth Control” by Charles Provan. I would strongly suggest reading this book (under 100 pages) to all of my friends on Freerepublic...

God bless

32 posted on 02/12/2012 12:21:58 PM PST by WorldviewDad (following God instead of culture)
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To: Tax-chick

He’s trying too hard.


33 posted on 02/12/2012 1:19:36 PM PST by Anoreth (It's not stupid, it's advanced!)
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To: WorldviewDad

I have that book. It is very detailed and persuasive, if one is at all willing to be persuaded.


34 posted on 02/12/2012 1:52:33 PM PST by Tax-chick (Fire in the sky, lava in the ocean ... waiting for the next explosion.)
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To: WorldviewDad
Here's a wonderful children's book:

New book makes kids PRO-LIFE

35 posted on 02/12/2012 2:13:50 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: WorldviewDad
Angel in the Waters -- New Pro-Life book for children [Tissue Alert]
36 posted on 02/12/2012 2:16:15 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: WorldviewDad
My wife and I became convinced to not use birth control after reading a little book called, “The Bible and Birth Control” by Charles Provan. I would strongly suggest reading this book (under 100 pages) to all of my friends on Freerepublic...

Excellent, thanks!

I talked to Charles Provan years ago and bought a case of these books to give away when we taught NFP classes, as it was especially helpful with mixed couples. I just gave away three last night!

I still have aabout 20 copies on my book shelf. If anyone wants one, please send me a PM and I'll get it out in the mail, free of charge.

37 posted on 02/12/2012 2:24:38 PM PST by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Salvation

The author of this book lives in Front Royal VA. My oldest son picked up a copy at Christendom College during his first semester at Christendom last fall for my daughter, who is a “huge fan” of Regina Doman and all her books, for Christmas. To my daughter’s delight, the book was signed. A very nice little book.


38 posted on 02/12/2012 2:31:33 PM PST by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Salvation

The author of this book lives in Front Royal VA. My oldest son picked up a copy at Christendom College during his first semester at Christendom last fall for my daughter, who is a “huge fan” of Regina Doman and all her books, for Christmas. To my daughter’s delight, the book was signed. A very nice little book.


39 posted on 02/12/2012 2:50:34 PM PST by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

I don’t know if he’s a freeper. I almost hope not. Unless he’s getting academic credit for the research that goes into his blog,I’d worry about the energy his studies are getting. I think he has verty great potential; Steubenville is a fine school; I want him to develop his skillz and his knowledge base and to spend some time with smart, pious, older, and wiser folk.


40 posted on 02/12/2012 2:57:47 PM PST by Mad Dawg (Jesus, I trust in you.)
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To: Anoreth

Not everyone has achieved your effortless effusion of vivid verbiage. He’s got potential: there are some very clever turns of phrase and more than one original simile.

Unless he’s had a very interesting life so far, a college freshman is two calendar years and about eight experience years younger than you are.


42 posted on 02/12/2012 3:49:26 PM PST by Tax-chick (Fire in the sky, lava in the ocean ... waiting for the next explosion.)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

Beautiful :) Thanks for sharing that with us!


43 posted on 02/12/2012 3:50:40 PM PST by annie laurie (All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

That’s very sweet.


44 posted on 02/12/2012 3:57:38 PM PST by Tax-chick (Fire in the sky, lava in the ocean ... waiting for the next explosion.)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

I love it.


45 posted on 02/12/2012 4:04:27 PM PST by Running On Empty (The three sorriest words: "It's too late")
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp
Some of the facts and NON-facts here!

Obama's anti-religious implosion
Lew: Obama's latest stance on birth-control mandate final, puts issue to rest (CAPTION)
Pat Buchanan: 'Obama is trampling on God's turf' (Video)
W.H. official: Contraceptive rule stands
Obama chief of staff: No more compromise, contraceptive rule is done deal
Bishops Reject White House’s New Plan on Contraception (Obama continues his "War On Religion")
Faith/Pro-Life Leaders to Challenge Mandate by Praying and Risking Arrest in Front of the WH
Catholic Bishops: Don't Revise, Rescind
Obama's contempt for the Constitution
How the Catholic Church Became Cool Overnight

Chuck Colson Reacts to Obama’s “Compromise” on Required Abortion Care for Church Employees
US Bishops: Obama's 'Compromise' Has No Clear Protection...(Needless Government Intrusion)
Protests Continue Over Insurance for Contraception, Abortifacients (Feds Under Increasing Pressure
Bishops to Obama: No dice
Paul VI: “danger of this power passing into the hands of those public authorities ...”
Michael Moore Goes On Anti-Catholic Twitter Rant, Distorts Contraception Debate
Religious controversy burns Obama again (the rookie Hussein is in WAY over his pay grade)
Another Catholic college vows it will ‘not violate conscience’ on Obama mandate
Lutherans join chorus of voices slamming HHS contraceptive mandate
The Obama HHS 'Compromise' Switches the Tiger for the Lion (Not all Catholics buying Obama's bull)
Hannity on now with Priests, Pastors and Rabbis. Please watch
EDITORIAL: Obama’s free abortion pills
U.S. bishops ‘express concerns’ about Obama mandate ‘accommodation’
What Compromise? This Policy Leaves Religious Liberty in Peril and Planned Parenthood Smiling (Albert Mohler Opinion)
Bishops Renew Call To Legislative Action On Religious Liberty
Southern Baptist leader: Obama gave Christians ‘the dismissive back’ of his hand
Obama's Act of Tyranny
Bishops Were Prepared for Battle Over Birth Control Coverage
'Accounting gimmick' -- Obama compromise still threatens religious liberty, leaders say
Bishops ‘concerned’ over reworded mandate; other Catholic leaders slam as ‘insult to injury’
Obama Bows to Pressure, but His Religious 'Accommodation' Even Worse

Don't Be Deceived! Evil Obama Policy Now Even MORE Evil!
Obama’s Contraceptive 'Compromise' Doesn't Pass the Smell Test ("It doesn't change a thing")
Compromise or Accommodation, it’s still unacceptable. (updated from Catholic Vote)
Pres. Obama’s “Plan B” compromise, Sr. Keehan, and the Magisterium of Nuns
Land Says Obama Mandate Most Anti-Catholic Government Action in 150 Years
Motive, Means and Opportunity: Obama’s Assault on Catholics
(Exempt Catholics) Joe Biden, Bill Daley warned of contraceptive backlash
(Tim) Thomas makes second political statement (Stands With Catholics)
Southern Baptist leader: If Obama mandate isn’t changed, Christians will go to jail
Over 150 congressional leaders demand repeal of HHS mandate
Boehner vows to overturn Obama’s birth control coverage rule
Boehner: Congress to overturn birth control policy if Obama does not reverse course
O'Brien says Archdiocese of Baltimore won't offer birth control coverage
Archbishop of San Francisco says Obama ruling strikes at religious freedom
How Obama Lost the Catholic Vote
‘I am going to stick with fellow Catholics’ in Pres. Obama’s war on Catholics. Wherein Fr. Z rants.
Unholy War
Six Things Everyone Should Know about the HHS Mandate
Santorum: Obama Hostile to Christians
Understanding Oppostion to the HHS Mandate (Part 1): Why the Church Won’t Pay for Contracept

The Bishops Chickens Coming Home to Roost.
65 Orthodox Church bishops call on Obama to ‘rescind’ the ‘unjust’ contraception mandate
Doug Kmiec Writes Obama: 'Friendship Will Not Permit Me to Disregard Duty to Faith and Country'
Catholic Outcry Over Obama Administration's Birth Control Decision Could Factor In Presidential Race
Standing with the Bishops [Catholic Caucus]
Updated: *167* Bishops (More Than 90% of Dioceses) Have Spoken Out Against Obama/HHS Mandate
Outrage!… Military Tells Chaplains What They Can and Can’t Say About HHS/ObamaAssault on Religion
Updated: *153* Bishops (Over 80% of Dioceses) Have Spoken Out Against Obama/HHS Mandate
An Affront Catholics Agree On [Liberal and Conservative Catholics Against Obama Mandate]
Army Silenced Chaplains Last Sunday
Catholic Military Archdiocese & Chaplains interfered with last Sunday by Pres. Obama’s Admin
The Anti-Catholic President v. the Catholic Bishops
Sen. Rubio introduces bill to reverse Obama birth control mandate
Churches balk at birth control rule - Catholics won’t comply, Bishop Kevin Rhoades says
Protestants and Jews declare to White House: We stand with Catholics
Checking the Air Outside [Bp. Zubik's follow up to Obama's “To Hell with You”]
Mohler [Southern Baptist] Says Insurance Mandate Not Just 'Catholic' Issue
An Open Letter to President Barack Obama Concerning Recent Tyranny (With Pictures!)
Lincoln bishop: prepare for 'suffering' under HHS mandate
Bishop David Zubik confronts Obama
Obama’s ‘war on the church’

Pope hits out at 'radical secularism'
‘We Will Not Comply’: Catholic Leaders Distribute Letter Slamming Obama Admin Contraceptive Mandate
‘We Will Not Comply’: Catholic Leaders Distribute Letter Slamming Obama Admin Contraceptive Mandate
Bruskewitz: Fight Insurance Ruling [Sebelius a "bitter, fallen away Catholic"]
Letter from Archbishop John G. Vlazny on the matter of freedom of conscience and decisions by HHS
Bishop Olmsted's Letter to Catholics [Catholic Caucus]
Liberty for the Amish & Quakers but not Catholics. . .
Contraception mandate prompts Peoria bishop to instate St. Michael Prayer (Catholic Caucus)
Phoenix bishop (Olmstead): defy feds on birth control
A letter from Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr concerning HHS edict
Speak honestly: abortion is ‘the killing of tiny human beings in the womb’ – Denver bishop
Bishop [Daniel Jenky] Blasts Secularist Intolerance, Calls For ‘Assertive Action’ to Defend Church
(Pittsburgh Bishop Zubik comments:) HHS delays rule on contraceptive coverage
Dolan: Natural law, not religious preference, dictates all life sacred
Religious leaders blast HHS over contraception mandate
Mandated Contraception, Sterilization: Caesar Demands Church Violate Conscience
OBAMA’S CONTEMPT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY (mandates coverage of sterilization & contraception)
Implications of Obama Admin move to force Cath hospitals to provide contraception and sterilizations
Catholic doctors’ group launches petition against contraception mandate
Contraception mandate tramples religious freedom, US bishops say

46 posted on 02/12/2012 5:00:30 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp; Tax-chick; Salvation
Thanks for the reply.

After reading the book I too bought several copies...but not a whole case...and gave them away. It is a matter of being willing to be persuaded. Most of the people that I gave the book to could not get passed the idea that they may end up with a large family. Most of them now see my family (seven children so far) and at times voice their regret for not allowing God to be God in this area of their lives. A few of the people that received the book have surprised me...they were the ones I did not think would accept it...but a few of the families are still growing...God works in great and small ways.

47 posted on 02/12/2012 6:32:54 PM PST by WorldviewDad (following God instead of culture)
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To: WorldviewDad
Most of the people that I gave the book to could not get past the idea that they may end up with a large family.

Large families - more than four seems to be the threshold for "really large" - have been such a small percentage in the last couple of generations that many people have never known one. It's a terrifying phantom, and they think it's possible only for people who were Very Special from birth.

People ask me if my husband earns a million dollars a year. (Nope, just over $100,000, in his most recent job.) Do we have a huge house? (No, smaller than yours, actually: we just have a higher population density.) "Aren't you a saint?" (No, I just have a lot of kids. Pass the wine, please.)

48 posted on 02/13/2012 5:43:52 AM PST by Tax-chick (Fire in the sky, lava in the ocean ... waiting for the next explosion.)
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To: Tax-chick
Around here most seem to think that more then two children is a large family...three of four would be “really large” and in their minds it would be to much work. I am somewhat surprised by this since I live in the middle of farm country where large families were common just a generation ago.

I too have been questioned about my income (less then what your husband earns) because I have seven children. What really is telling to me is that the ones that ask me the most about the money side of raising a large family are people that I know are making a lot more then I am...bank presidents and vice presidents, owners of real estate companies, etc...and yet their children (never more then two per family) always want to hang out at our house because we have more things to do at the house...they can play pool, ping pong, air hockey, Foosball, video games (five different systems), watch movies, read books (thousands of books) and interact with different animals on the farm. All this on a modest income and no debt. It really is about where we place our priorities.

49 posted on 02/17/2012 12:30:48 PM PST by WorldviewDad (following God instead of culture)
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To: WorldviewDad
It really is about where we place our priorities.

Yes, exactly. Do you find that people think they have to make excuses to you for not having more children, when you've never said anything to them on the subject?

I'm afraid I roll my eyes rudely at most people who volunteer that they "couldn't afford to have more," since I know what their house, their two SUVs, and their pro football season passes cost ... but they probably believe it, or they wouldn't expect me to believe it.

50 posted on 02/17/2012 2:32:35 PM PST by Tax-chick (I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's. His hair was perfect!)
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