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  • [Catholic Caucus] The Birth of Humanae Vitae: Woe to Those Who Mishandle It*

    07/20/2018 11:11:42 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    Settimo Cielo/Espresso ^ | July 19, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    *Original Title: "Humamae vitae: cosi le nata e guai a chi le tocca" Google translation, lightly copy-edited for clarity The demolition project aimed at "Humanae Vitae" --- Paul VI's 1968 encyclical that said no to artificial contraceptives --- now faces an unexpected stumbling block in a book that reconstructs the genesis of that text, thanks to the access, for the first time, to the secret documents concerning it, authorized by Pope Francis in person: Gilfredo Marengo, "The birth of an encyclical, 'Humanae vitae' in the light of the Vatican archives", Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Vatican City, 2018. The stumbling block is...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Siege of Humanae Vitae: Has the enemy almost breached the ramparts?

    07/19/2018 6:51:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | July 19, 2018 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Sandro Magister has written a piece in which he proposes that a new book by Gilfredo Marengo on the genesis of the encyclical Humanae Vitae (HV) represents “an unexpected obstacle” to “[t]he campaign that is underway to demolish ‘Humanae Vitae’ — the 1968 encyclical of Paul VI that said no to artificial contraceptives.” I respectfully disagree. Based on the extensive summary of the book’s account provided by Andrea Tornielli, which Magister views as sufficient to see where Marengo is going, it is quite clear that Marengo, a member of Pope Francis’ semi-secret commission to “reappraise” HV on its fast-approaching 50th...
  • Change Teaching on Contraception, British Minister Tells [Catholic} Church

    07/18/2018 6:55:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/16/18 | Nick Hallett
    Penny Mordaunt spoke after meeting the President of the Pontifical Academy for LifeA British minister has called on the Church to permit artificial contraception after a meeting with senior Vatican officials last week. Penny Mordaunt, the International Development Secretary, said 800 girls and women lose their lives every day due to pregnancy and childbirth complications, and claimed that wider access to contraception would help alleviate the problem. Faith leaders should help change “deeply held beliefs and attitudes” in order to allow women greater access to “reproductive healthcare”, she said. Ms Mordaunt disclosed her words to the Daily Telegraph after meeting...
  • Study: teen pregnancies fall after cuts to birth control budgets

    07/02/2018 4:24:04 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 5 replies
    Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | June 1, 2017 | Simon Caldwell
    The rate of teenage pregnancies in Britain has fallen to its lowest level since 1969 Evidence suggests pregnancy rates fell sharply in those areas where budgets were most aggressively cut Government cuts to the funding of sex education and contraceptive services have contributed to a drop in the rates of teenage pregnancies to their lowest level since 1969, a new study has found. The findings by two academics have added to a growing body of research which is exposing the failings of decades of sex education policies. Family planning gurus have argued since the 1970s that teenage pregnancies could be...
  • 1968 - A Year When Many in the Church Drank the Poison of the World

    06/20/2018 9:18:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-19-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    1968 - A Year When Many in the Church Drank the Poison of the World Msgr. Charles Pope • June 19, 2018 • Corner of 7th & N Street NW, Washington D.C., April 8, 1968There was something awful about the year 1968. Fifty years later we are still reeling from its effects. Perhaps we do well to ponder the deep wounds that still fester today.I was a young lad at the time, and almost everything I saw on the television news terrified me. Harrowing nightly reports from Vietnam (where my father was stationed) detailed that day’s casualties; I always...
  • Feds Spend $347,176 Studying If Sex Is Good With Contraception (WI)

    06/07/2018 9:33:09 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 28 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 6, 2018 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Institutes of Health is spending roughly $350,000 to study what methods of contraception are "sexually acceptable" to women. The University of Wisconsin-Madison study aims for more women to use birth control so they can "fully realize the social, economic, and health benefits" of not having children. The researchers will follow women using birth control for a year, hoping to discover which contraception method women like best while having sex. "High rates of contraceptive dissatisfaction, switching, and discontinuation in the U.S. demand new approaches to contraceptive acceptability and promotion," according to the grant for the project. "Behavioral models of...
  • World renowned expert: ‘Homo-tyranny is upon us’ in the Catholic Church

    05/29/2018 1:35:13 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | May 28, 2018 | Doug Mainwairing
    Editor’s note: The full text of Dr. Gerard van den Aardweg’s talk appears at the bottom of the article. ROME, May 28, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Europe’s foremost expert on homosexuality, pedophilia, and gays within the Catholic priesthood said that gay ideology actually “hates marriage” and sees Humanae Vitae as its archenemy. Dr. Gerard van den Aardweg recently told a distinguished group of pro-life leaders gathered in Rome from around the world that “Gay ideology proclaims that gay sexuality––including its inherent polygamy––is a natural instinct, that faithful non-contraceptive marriage is unnatural, and so is diametrically opposed to Humanae Vitae.”
  • The Two Revolutions of '68

    05/22/2018 6:14:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | May 21, 2018 | Dr. Roberto De Mattei
    The following address was given by Professor Roberto de Mattei at the "Human Life, the Family, and the Splendor of Truth" conference held on Monday, May 21, 2018 in Rome. Like 2017, 2018 is also a year rich with important and significant anniversaries which we need to remember, because the roots of the present are in the past.The most noted anniversary does not need further explanation, the date is enough: (Nineteen) Sixty-Eight, when the Student Revolution which began at Berkeley, exploded at the Sorbonne, and spread throughout Europe.But 1968 is a year that is also remembered, because on July 25,...
  • [Cath Cauc] Pastoral Letter on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Encyclical Humanae Vitae

    05/13/2018 2:03:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 13, 2018 | Maike HIckson
    Today, on the Fest of Our Lady of Fatima, the Bishops and Ordinaries of Kazakhstan issued a Pastoral Letter concerning the continued relevance of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae concerning matters of life. With this letter, the authors wish to confirm “the teaching of the constant Magisterium of the Church regarding the transmission of human life,” which they discussed during a recent meeting in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The signatories — among them Bishop Athanasius Schneider — affirm “that each and every marital act must of necessity retain its intrinsic relationship to the procreation of human life.” With reference to different papal statements,...
  • [Cath Cauc] Using contraception is ‘sinful…Church cannot change its teaching’: US archbishop

    04/17/2018 8:16:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 30 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 17, 2018 | Lisa Bourne
    Catholic teaching prohibiting the use of contraception is unchangeable, Oklahoma City’s archbishop wrote in a recent article. Using contraception, such as the pill or the condom, to purposefully block the creation of a new life is “sinful,” he added.  Writing about the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life), Archbishop Paul Coakley said in a March 28 article that contraception is harmful to both marriage and the individual person. “To separate these two [unitive and procreative purposes of the conjugal act] prevents the intimate expression of conjugal love from realizing its divinely intended purpose. To engage in sexual activity...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Vatican Archbishop, Move On From The Ban On Contraception

    04/13/2018 7:16:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | April 13, 2018 | Gloria TV
    Vatican Archbishop, Move On From The Ban On Contraception Pro-Gay Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, has suggested to “re-read” [meaning: abrogate] the encyclical Humanae Vitae (1968) in the light of issues like genetic modification. According to The Tablet (April 11), Paglia wants to move the focus away from the question whether married couples may use artificial contraception, “We have to widen the horizon.” Paglia admitted that Paul VI's focus was on contraception but he believes that today this question has become "secondary.” The birthrate of all [decadent] Western countries has reached a level that...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Theologian: Here’s how Pope’s teaching is being used to reject Humanae Vitae

    04/13/2018 4:41:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 12, 2018 | Doug Mainwaring
    WASHINGTON, DC, April 12, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – “If you insist upon the commandments, it’s like throwing stones at people.”   Famed Catholic author Janet Smith, speaking to a group gathered at The Catholic University of America (CUA), in Washington, DC on April 5, warned of new challenges to the Church’s teaching against contraception that will arise in coming years, centered around the concepts of conscience and discernment. In particular, theologians who Smith identifies as “discerners” will focus not on the authority of conscience as it is traditionally understood, but on a “very different understanding of what the conscience is. This is...
  • Dear Holy Father: A Catholic’s Query on Contraception

    04/06/2018 5:23:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 257 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | April 6, 2018 | Brice Griffin
    Your Holiness,I pray for your humble patience with me as I try to understand recent comments.It has been reported that in speaking to an Argentine nun, Sister Marta Pelloni, you expressed that you see no harm in using certain methods to avoid pregnancy, in an attempt to help women ultimately avoid abortion. OnePeterFive reports that Sister had this to say: “Pope Francis, speaking on this subject, said three words to me: condom, transitory, irreversible.” Said Sister Pelloni, apparently in reference to three types of contraception he would consider permissible under certain circumstances. The first is a condom. The second, which...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Argentinian Nun Says Pope Advocates Contraception. Again.

    04/03/2018 6:58:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | April 3, 2018 | Steve Skojec
    A famous Argentinian nun has said that Pope Francis told her that several forms of contraception could be permissible to stop those women who want to avoid pregnancy from choosing abortion. It wasn’t long ago that the idea of a pope promoting contraceptive use — an intrinsic evil, condemned infallibly by the Church — would have seemed impossible. But in recent years, we have seen multiple indications that for Francis, the existing boundaries on moral teaching are far too rigid for his liking.In 2016, in the wake of a scare that the Zika virus was causing serious birth defects in the babies...
  • Federal Court Delivers the Coup de Gras to Contraception Mandate

    03/30/2018 4:35:19 PM PDT · by Twotone · 19 replies
    American Spectator ^ | March 30, 2018 | David Catron
    Most Americans probably believed that the notorious HHS contraception mandate had been effectively nullified after the Supreme Court ruled against the Obama administration in Hobby Lobby v. Burwell and Zubik v. Burwell. But deep state holdovers at the Justice Department, like those Japanese soldiers who refused to surrender for decades after the end of WWII, continued to pursue the lost cause even after the Trump administration took office. On Wednesday, however, Judge David Russell of the United States District Court for Western Oklahoma flushed the last of these dead-enders out of their caves and forced them lay down their briefcases....
  • What Mary Eberstadt told Notre Dame about 'Humanae Vitae'

    03/21/2018 8:49:04 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 32 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | March 20, 2018 | Perry West
    Author Mary Eberstadt told students at the University of Notre Dame Tuesday that a 50-year-old document on contraception is critical to understanding the state of contemporary culture. Eberstadt, a senior researcher at the Faith and Reason Institute, spoke at Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture, explaining that the prophetic message of Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae has become a reality.“Contraceptive technology, as Paul VI foresaw, opens a Pandora’s box of mischief in which the stronger have the advantage,” Eberstadt told Notre Dame students March 20.“For some while now, it’s been apparent that the sexual revolution that began...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Vatican’s relief agency sits on governing body of contraception-promoting org

    03/20/2018 11:37:38 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Lepanto Institute via LifeSite News ^ | March 19, 2018 | Michael Hichborn
    March 19, 2018 (Lepanto Institute) – Caritas Internationalis, which is the Vatican-run confederation of Catholic international aid and development agencies, is on the board of directors of The Sphere Project, whose central purpose is to promote a standard handbook for aid and development work. The handbook strongly advocates for the use of contraception, including so-called "emergency" contraceptives for victims of rape. The Sphere Project says that it is: a voluntary initiative that brings a wide range of humanitarian agencies together around a common aim – to improve the quality of humanitarian assistance and the accountability of humanitarian actors to their...
  • [Cath Cauc] Cardinal Kasper: Pope’s silence on contraception in Amoris may mean approval

    03/09/2018 2:46:37 PM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 9, 2018 | Lianne Laurence
    Cardinal Walter Kasper, who spearheaded Communion for the “remarried,” is now arguing that Pope Francis’ refusal to affirm Humanae Vitae’s central teaching in Amoris laetitia may signal his tacit approval of contraception.  In a move predicted by critics of Amoris laetitia, the German theologian suggested that because the Pope’s sprawling 2016 apostolic exhortation on the “joy of love” does not explicitly mention the Church’s proscription of contraception, it may, in fact, be allowed. Italian journalist and veteran Vatican-watcher Sandro Magister writes that Kasper adroitly inserts this argument into his new book on Amoris laetitia, which has been recently published in...
  • Abortion debate: Dáil told of proposals for free contraceptive service [Ireland]

    03/09/2018 8:10:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 03/09/2018 | Marie O'Halloran, Michael O'Regan
    Proposals are being drawn up on “the nature and scope” of introducing a free contraceptive service, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said. He said he would seek approval in a few weeks for a series of measures to further support women and improve access to counseling, contraception and perinatal care. “If our underlying principle is that abortion should be safe, legal and rare, then we must do all we can to reduce the number of crisis pregnancies and to support women in every way,” Mr. Harris added. The Minister was introducing in the Dáil on Friday the Thirty-Sixth Amendment...
  • [Catholic Caucus]: St. John Paul prophetically defends Humanae Vitae

    02/14/2018 1:18:00 PM PST · by Slyfox · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | Jan 31, 2018 | Diane Montagna
    ROME, January 31, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – “What the Church teaches about contraception is not a matter of free discussion among theologians,” Pope John Paul II said in 1987. “Teaching the contrary is tantamount to inducing the moral conscience of spouses into error.” These are the words of Pope John Paul II, in an address delivered at a study meeting on responsible procreation, translated into English for the first time this week by LifeSiteNews. In the message, the saintly pontiff also warned against “many” who think that “Christian teaching, although true, is nonetheless unfeasible, at least in some circumstances.” He said...