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  • National Catholic Bioethics Center Directly Contradicts Pope Francis on Contraception

    02/25/2016 11:08:09 AM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Manhound's Paradise ^ | February 24, 2016 | Manhound
    A few days ago, Pope Francis and his spokesman Federico Lombardi directly contradicted the traditional teaching of the Catholic Church on contraception, including directly contradicting the clear words of Pope Paul's 1968 encyclical Humanae vitae. Various "Catholic" individuals and groups quickly lined up to support Francis, including the often heterodox Filipino Catholic Bishops Conference. But a surprisingly large and strong set of Catholics--beyond the expected set of minority traditionalists--has now risen up to resist, as if Francis, after years of this this sort of thing, has now crossed an obvious line. Who knew that line would be you know where....
  • A parish priest writes to the Pope re: the confusion caused by his recent interview [Cath Cauc]

    02/24/2016 3:22:28 PM PST · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 2/24/16 | Father Richard G. Cipolla
    Dear Pope Francis: I write this letter to you as a priest to the Bishop of Rome and as a son to a father. I write with a heavy heart, and I know that heaviness of heart is shared by many of my Catholic brethren both clergy and laity. I watched the early news one morning last week to find that one of the headlines proclaimed that in an interview on the flight from Mexico to Rome you indicated that the Church's teaching on contraception may be undergoing a change. As in the past, I went to the official translation...
  • The errors in theology from the Pope's Plane Interview (and discussions that followed!)

    02/21/2016 11:51:53 AM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    The Tenth Crusade | 2/21/16 | The Tenth Crusade
    I wanted to briefly mention a few observations of discussions about the Holy Father's latest plane interview. 1. Astoundingly, when Catholics raise concerns about Pope Francis suggestion to women that they can use birth control pills and condoms to prevent perfectly healthy babies from being conceived because of a remote chance of birth defects, I am still seeing Catholics claim the press is misinterpreting what is being said. I will not cite the dozens of examples, suffice it to say that the Father has accountability for his own words and actions. His contradiction of Humane Vitae was as clear as...
  • Peters on reactions and claims about Francis’s off-the-cuff contraception remark

    02/23/2016 2:19:15 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | February 22, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From the canonist Ed Peter’s fine blog In The Light Of The Law. He doesn’t have a combox over there and doesn’t mind if we use his stuff here. DO, however, go over there to his place regularly. Emphases are from Peters, comments mine: Misunderstanding the (alleged) 'Congo contraception' caseEven by the standards of his reign, the presser Pope Francis conducted on his return flight from Mexico has provoked an unusual number of questions. [No kidding. You should see my inbox, too!] I wish to address only one of those here.Preliminarily, I note that the burden is not on the...
  • Catholic teaching on contraception cannot be changed by Pope Francis [Catholic Caucus]

    02/19/2016 8:56:40 PM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Renew America ^ | February 19, 2016 | Jenn Giroux
    "There are times that lay Catholics have to step forward to say what we as priests cannot." These were the words spoken to me during a time in my life that I felt called as a Catholic to defend my Catholic Church from an assault from within. That time has come again this week. To do so is never easy. For nearly three years now Catholics have defended Pope Francis as being "taken out of context" or "misunderstood" by the media. We have watched and cringed at what has come out of the Vatican, been ignored by the Vatican, and...
  • Pope Open to Discuss Contraception as Response to Zika Epidemic

    02/18/2016 6:29:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 54 replies
    Pope Francis hinted that the use of contraceptives may be morally acceptable as a response to the Zika epidemic, during an question-and-answer session on February 18. Speaking to reporters who accompanied him on his return flight to Rome, after a visit to Mexico, the Pope said that "avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil." While abortion cannot ever be justified, he suggested, avoiding pregnancy could be a "lesser evil" in light of the alleged dangers of birth defects. During an interview session that proved controversial even by the standards of this pontificate, the Pope said: * US presidential candidate Donald...
  • Pope Francis OK's Contraception Use in Zika-Affected Countries

    02/18/2016 12:27:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    VOA ^ | 02/18/2016
    Pope Francis has suggested it is acceptable to use artificial contraception methods in countries affected by the Zika virus. "Avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil," he told reporters en route to Rome following his five-day trip to Mexico. He cited Pope Paul VI's decree in the 1960s that allowed nuns serving in Africa to use contraception due to the threat of rape. He said, "In certain cases, as in this one, such as the one I mentioned of Blessed Paul VI, it was clear." But he maintained the church's stance against abortion calling it "an absolute evil". CDC's advice...
  • What did Pope Francis actually say about contraception?

    02/18/2016 1:52:34 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    EWTN News ^ | February 18, 2016
    Despite a rush of headlines claiming Pope Francis is softening the Church's stance on contraception. A closer look at his recent remarks could suggest otherwise. During an in-flight press conference on his way back from Mexico, Pope Francis was asked by a reporter about the threat of Zika virus in many Latin American countries. Noting that the virus may be linked to birth defects when transmitted from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby, the reporter asked the Holy Father about proposals involving "abortion, or else avoiding pregnancy" in areas where Zika virus is prevalent. The Pope responded by emphatically...
  • Drawn to God's design Cath converts share how Churchs teaching on contraception led them to Faith

    01/25/2015 3:32:09 PM PST · by NYer · 44 replies
    OSV ^ | January 22, 2015 | Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick
    Both in anecdotes and “exit polls,” former Catholics frequently cite the Church’s teachings on sexuality as a reason for leaving the Faith. But these same countercultural teachings have also been the door into the Catholic Church for believers seeking a consistent morality grounded in the Gospel. Converts have benefited from both the gift of the teaching as well as their entry into the Catholic Church.Krista Millegan is one such convert. She read Blessed Pope Paul VI’s landmark encyclical Humanae Vitae (“Of Human Life”) with her then-fiancé, Brantly, while they were undergraduates at the evangelical Wheaton College in Illinois. “The...
  • Paul VI was right to warn against contraception, Pope Francis says

    01/16/2015 4:41:20 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 43 replies
    CNA/EWTN News ^ | Jan 16, 2015 | EWTN sources
    Pope Francis took the opportunity during an address to families in the Philippines to praise Blessed Pope Paul VIs encyclical opposing contraception and affirming Church teaching on sexuality and human life. The Pope spoke Friday to families gathered at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila during his Jan. 15-19 visit to the Philippines. After discussing various threats to the family, including a lack of openness to life, he deviated briefly from his prepared remarks, transitioning from English to his native Spanish in order to speak from the heart about the subject. I think of Blessed Paul VI, he said....
  • Pope Francis criticizes gay marriage, backs ban on contraception

    01/16/2015 8:46:35 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 56 replies
    Cruxnow ^ | January 16, 2015 | John L. Allen Jr.
    In points hes made before in other settings, Pope Francis on Friday criticized what he called the ideological colonization of the family, language that many took as a reference to gay marriage, and also defended a previous pope who upheld the Churchs ban on contraception. The family is threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage, by relativism, by the culture of the ephemeral, by a lack of openness to life, Francis said. A Vatican spokesman confirmed Friday evening that, at least in part, the pope had gay marriage in mind. The...
  • Michigan License To Discriminate A Portent Of Impending Theocracy (Compares us to ISIS)

    12/05/2014 9:42:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | December 5, 2014 | Rmuse
    There has been no dearth of news stories, reports, and commentary over the past few months on the epidemic of racists, whether in law enforcement or the general population, either inflicting or attempting to inflict, punishment on African Americans for being African Americans. As noted here on Tuesday, there are certain groups who are adamant that as superior human beings they have authority to mete out punishment for violations of their beliefs that are usually borne of religion. Despite protections in the U.S. Constitution and federal and state laws, the past six years have seen an increase in religious fundamentalists...
  • 6 Reasons This Evangelical Was Convinced Humanae Vitae Is Right

    10/19/2014 10:58:58 AM PDT · by millegan · 31 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 10-19-2014 | Brantly Millegan
    Today, Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI, who served the Catholic Church as the bishop of Rome 1963-1978. (Beatification is one step below being canonized a saint.) Paul VI had a jam-packed papacy, including finishing the Second Vatican Council, traveling to all six inhabited continents (a first for popes), and historic ecumenical break-throughs. But today hes probably most remembered for his 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, which confirmed the Catholic Churchs long-standing teaching against contraception, abortion, and sterilization. Outside of the Catholic Church (and, unfortunately, by a large number of people within the Church as well), the teaching of Humanae Vitae...
  • (Catholic Caucus) Very cold, dark winter for Catholic Church unless Synod address.....

    10/09/2014 10:40:10 AM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    life news ^ | Pete Baklinski
    FULL TITLE: Very cold, dark winter for Catholic Church unless Synod addresses failure since 1968 to preach sexual teachings - Humanae Vitae preacher The Vaticans Synod of Bishops on the Family, taking place in Rome from October 5-19, will not be successful unless it addresses the failure of clergy to preach the Catholic teaching on sexuality found in Humanae Vitae, says a U.S. Catholic priest of 56 years. Father Daniel McCaffrey, from the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, served as a military chaplain in Korea, Pakistan and during the Vietnam conflict and now travels throughout the country preaching Gods truth on...
  • Pope Francis Adviser Hints at Rethink on Contraception Ban

    09/19/2014 6:37:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 60 replies
    Tha Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7/19/14 | John Bingham
    Cardinal Walter Kasper, a close influence on Pope Francis, says it is up to parents to decide how many children to have ahead of global gathering of Roman Catholic bishops to discuss the family A leading reformist Cardinal close to Pope Francis has hinted at the possibility of a reinterpretation of the Roman Catholic Churchs blanket ban on artificial contraception. Cardinal Walter Kasper said it was the responsibility of the parents to decide how many children they should have. He also said that so-called natural family planning, which is promoted by the Church as an alternative to contraception, also...
  • Time To Admit It: The Church Has Always Been Right On Birth Control

    09/04/2014 10:35:55 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 38 replies
    http://www.businessinsider.com ^ | February 8, 2012 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Painting the Catholic Church as "out of touch" is like shooting fish in a barrel, what with the funny hats and gilded churches. And nothing makes it easier than the Church's stance against contraception. Many people, (including our editor) are wondering why the Catholic Church doesn't just ditch this requirement. They note that most Catholics ignore it, and that most everyone else finds it divisive, or "out-dated." C'mon! It's the 21st century, they say! Don't they SEE that it's STUPID, they scream. Here's the thing, though: the Catholic Church is the world's biggest and oldest organization. It has buried all...
  • Humanae Vitae: what if? (Context: JP2's "Theology of the Body")

    05/08/2014 11:09:28 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 26 replies
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | May 6, 2014 | George Weigel
    Cardinal Carlo Caffarra of Bologna has long been a vocal supporter of Humanae Vitaes teaching on the morally appropriate means of family planning. So it was noteworthy that Cardinal Caffarra recently conceded that, while Humanae Vitaes conclusions were true, its presentation of those truths left something to be desired. As the cardinal put it, No one today would dispute that, at the time it was published, Humanae Vitae rested on the foundations of a fragile anthropology, and that there was a certain biologism in its argumentation. Which put me in mind of a document I discovered in 1997 in a...
  • Contraception Disrupts 'Language of Love,' Bishop Conley Teaches

    03/25/2014 5:47:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/24/14 | Kevin J. Jones
    Lincoln, Neb., Mar 24, 2014 / 08:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop James Conley of Lincoln hopes his new pastoral letter on the sacrificial language of love and the disruptive immorality of contraception will be received with open hearts and open minds. My hope is that people, Catholic couples especially, and also Catholic physicians and pharmacists, will be willing to look at this issue again, he told CNA March 20. The Language of Love is Bishop Conleys pastoral letter on the sacrificial nature of love and on contraception, officially promulgated March 25 -- the feast of the Annunciation, when the Church...
  • Even At March For Life, Contraception Is Accepted

    01/23/2014 4:23:42 AM PST · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Michael Voris attended the March for Life and some of the pro-life gatherings in the past few days. He interviewed a number of young people at the Capital Hyatt in Washington. Just prior to the march, it is filled with pro-life people. I believe one of the major pro-life groups has a convention there. At any rate, Voris interviewed a number of the pro-life youth in attendance and obtained some very disturbing replies. Ladies and gentlemen, please watch the video, then see my comments below it. (video at link) There are those who say that these young people point to...
  • Reprotech Ushers in a New Eugenic Age

    01/15/2014 8:03:00 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 15, 2014 | Mark D. Oshinskie
    Following the devaluation of babies in the developed world in the 1970s and 80s, babies became scarce and, consequently, desirable once again. Now, any means used to make babies is seen as good, as long as pregnancy occurs at a convenient time.Some cannot conceive naturally. The prevailing view is that those who cannot do so should have free access to such reproductive technologies as in vitro fertilization (IVF) or the purchase of gametes, i.e., sperm and eggs. Yet, many do not know what occurs in IVF labs and others do not care, as long as offspring result. The zeitgeist...
  • Birth Control

    12/13/2013 7:14:49 PM PST · by narses · 40 replies
    In 1968, Pope Paul VI issued his landmark encyclical letter Humanae Vitae (Latin, "Human Life"), which reemphasized the Churchs constant teaching that it is always intrinsically wrong to use contraception to prevent new human beings from coming into existence. Contraception is "any action which, either in anticipation of the conjugal act [sexual intercourse], or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible" (Humanae Vitae 14). This includes sterilization, condoms and other barrier methods, spermicides, coitus interruptus (withdrawal method), the Pill, and all other such...
  • Humanae Vitae at 45

    09/15/2013 1:21:15 PM PDT · by RBStealth · 4 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 25, 2013 | George Weigel
    A few weeks ago, while pondering the upcoming sapphire anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life) and the continuing controversy over the “birth control encyclical” throughout both Church and society, I came across the following, in an essay the Polish Nobel laureate Czesław Miłosz wrote shortly before his death in 2004: “Increasingly the institution of marriage is being replaced by simply living together, which has followed upon the sundering of the link between sex and fertility. This is not just a revolution in the area of moral norms; it reaches much deeper, into the very definition of...
  • On contraception and the coming violence: Interview with Popes personal theologian

    07/11/2013 7:24:20 PM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    life site ^ | John-Henry Westen
    This is the second report from the 40-minute LifeSiteNews video-recorded interview with Fr. Giertych. The first report and video was Papal theologian: Treating homosexuals with dignity means telling them the truth) Fr. Giertych in front of St. Peters VATICAN CITY, July 11, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) I think clearly we can see that the economic crisis which we are observing in the western world is a direct consequence of 1968, of the rejection of Humanae Vitae, of the rejection of the Churchs teaching, and the approval of the sexual revolution, which has caused a demographic crash. Those were the words of...
  • Vatican Cardinal: Contraception is fundamentally an anti-life act

    06/13/2013 3:28:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 12, 2013 | JOHN-HENRY WESTEN
    June 12, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In an interview with the US Bishops’ news service, Catholic News Service, Cardinal  Raymond Burke, the head or “prefect” of the Vatican’s highest court, spoke about the relationship between contraception and the culture of abortion. "Contraception is the beginning of the anti-life movement,” Cardinal Burke told CNS’ Francis Rocca.  “It certainly will favor an abortion culture. It takes the nature of the sexual union and violates it in a very significant way by removing the pro-creative aspect which is inherent to the union of man and a woman, the sexual union, the conjugal union.”  In...
  • The Pope Was Right All Along (Pope Paul VI) Secular sources now agree with him!

    01/11/2013 7:53:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    CE.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Russell Shaw
    The Pope Was Right All Along by Russell Shaw on January 11, 2013 The disruptive results for individuals and society spawned by the revolution in attitudes and behavior regarding sex, marriage, family, and childbearing that erupted a half-century ago have become too obvious to ignore. These things were predictablein fact, some people actually predicted them from the startbut by now their impact has grown so painfully apparent that even secular voices are being raised in alarm.The problems are increasingly visible in the United States. They include an aging population with fewer young workers to support the elderly, along...
  • The End of Birth-Control Politics

    12/14/2012 4:22:18 AM PST · by Daveinyork · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 14, 2012 | Bobby Jindal
    The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists announced its support last month for selling oral contraceptives over the counter without a prescription in the United States. I agree with this opinion, which if embraced by the federal government would take contraception out of the political arena. As a conservative Republican, I believe that we have been stupid to let the Democrats demagogue the contraceptives issue and pretend, during debates about health-care insurance, that Republicans are somehow against birth control. It's a disingenuous political argument they make. As an unapologetic pro-life Republican, I also believe that every adult (18 years old...
  • Bobby Jindal: Birth control should be over the counter

    12/14/2012 1:59:00 PM PST · by Coronal · 102 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/14/2012 | Coronal
    Bobby Jindal wants you to be able to get your contraceptives over the counter, and thats just the first step. Democrats have wrongly accused Republicans of being against birth control and against allowing people to use it, the Louisiana governor writes in the Wall Street Journal today. Thats hogwash.
  • A Prophecy Fulfilled (Pill's 50th Birthday - Repost)

    05/29/2010 4:36:38 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies · 401+ views
    Jesse Romero .com ^ | 1962 | Dick Cremins, S.J.
    A Prophecy Fulfilled Fr. Stanislas de Lestapis, a French Jesuit, died in 1999 at the age of 94. He had been a member of the Papal Commission on Birth Control and was one of the signatories of its so-called Minority Report. He had published a book on Birth Control, of which the third edition appeared in 1962, long before Humanae Vitae (1968). In Chapter 7, on The Contraceptive Civilization, he made the following bold prophecies: 'We do not hesitate to say that the acceptance of contraception will produce profound changes in our civilization. These changes are already taking place in...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] The 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae

    05/25/2010 6:55:01 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 4 replies · 135+ views
    StudiO'brien ^ | 1-1-09 | Michael D. O'Brien
    This summer marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Pope Paul VIs encyclical Humanae Vitae. It is hard to believe that so many years have passed, more than a generation. How swiftly it has gone, and how changed is the face of our world. Let us not blame war or economic trouble or abortion for the current state of the world, for this would be to blame symptoms and ignore the source of the disease. It is, in fact, contraception that is destroying Western civilization. In many of the documents of Vatican II and in subsequent papal encyclicals, the...
  • Social Science Proves Humanae Vitae

    03/25/2010 10:36:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 298+ views
    Aggie's Catholics ^ | March 24, 2010
    It is common to hear Humanae Vitae referred to as a "prophetic" document.  This is because Pope Paul VI made several predictions as to what would happen to our society if contraception became the norm. He hit each one spot on. For a reminder of what Paul VI wrote, I will quote directly from Humanae Vitae, with emphasis added: 17. Responsible men can become more deeply convinced of the truth of the doctrine laid down by the Church on this issue if they reflect on the consequences of methods and plans for artificial birth control. Let them first consider how...
  • Says Were In World War III

    11/14/2009 2:28:31 AM PST · by GonzoII · 5 replies · 533+ views
    The Wanderer Press.com ^ | Top Stories for Thursday, November 19th, 2009
    Top Stories for Thursday, November 19th, 2009: Photo by Fr. Kevin M. Cusick Pope Benedict XVI in the popemobile during a recent general audience. Says Were In World War III ( Special toThe Wanderer)SARAGOSSA, Spain Catholics and all pro- life people worldwide need to understand that the international pro- abortion/ contraception/ sex education lobby is waging World War III against children and the unborn, and it is imperative that Catholics demandtheir bishops abolish the Truce of 1968 and vigorously promote Pope Paul VIs encyclical Humanae Vitae. John Smeaton, director of the UKs Society for the Protection...
  • Fighting the 'contraceptive mentality'

    10/10/2009 3:06:34 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 23 replies · 1,510+ views
    BBC News ^ | October 6, 2009
    Families with more than 10 children are becoming the norm among a group of traditionalist US Christians. The so-called Quiverfull families believe they are carrying out God's work, and providing a new generation of moral leaders. The BBC's religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott went to Illinois to meet some of them. The way Psalm 127 talks about children has an almost military sound. It describes them as "an inheritance, and arrows in the hands of a mighty warrior," adding, "happy is he whose quiver is full of them". Many Quiverfull families do indeed sense looming battles for Christians, and often...
  • A Prophecy Fulfilled ( On The Contraceptive Civilization )

    01/08/2009 9:37:06 AM PST · by GonzoII · 6 replies · 668+ views
    Jesse Romero .com ^ | Dick Cremins, S.J.
    A Prophecy Fulfilled Fr. Stanislas de Lestapis, a French Jesuit, died in 1999 at the age of 94. He had been a member of the Papal Commission on Birth Control and was one of the signatories of its so-called Minority Report. He had published a book on Birth Control, of which the third edition appeared in 1962, long before Humanae Vitae (1968). In Chapter 7, on The Contraceptive Civilization, he made the following bold prophecies: 'We do not hesitate to say that the acceptance of contraception will produce profound changes in our civilization. These changes are already taking place in...
  • Cardinal Martini's Jesus Would Never Have Written "Humanae Vitae"

    11/03/2008 6:50:46 AM PST · by Publius804 · 24 replies · 748+ views
    chiesa.espresso.repubblica.i ^ | November 3, 2008 | Sandro Magister
    Cardinal Martini's Jesus Would Never Have Written "Humanae Vitae" He is a Jesus who struggles against injustice. So he also opposes the "lies" and "damage" of the encyclical by Paul VI prohibiting artificial contraception. So writes the former archbishop of Milan in his latest book. But in the meantime, in another book, two scholars take a different approach to the spirit of that document by Sandro Magister ROMA, November 3, 2008 In his latest book-interview, published first in Germany and now also in Italy, Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini calls himself not an anti-pope, as he is often depicted by...
  • Responsible Parenthood in a Birth Control Culture, Part One [Open]

    08/21/2008 6:08:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies · 695+ views
    http://www.catholicexchange.com/2008/08/11/113262/ ^ | August 11, 2008 | Fr. James Farfaglia
    Responsible Parenthood in a Birth Control Culture, Part One August 11th, 2008 by Fr. James Farfaglia You may be surprised to learn that prior to 1930 every Christian denomination agreed in their opposition to artificial birth control. In 1930, the Anglican Church, motivated by increasing social pressures, stated that artificial birth control could be allowed in some circumstances. Shortly thereafter the Anglicans gave in, allowing contraception. Since then, all other Protestant denominations followed the example of the Church of England. Today, the Catholic Church stands alone in opposition to artificial birth control. However, even though the Catholic Church affirms that...
  • Priests still suffering from effects of Humanae Vitae dissenters, Vatican cardinal says (Must read!)

    07/29/2008 5:57:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies · 859+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | July 29, 2008 | Cardinal James Francis Stafford
    Rome, Jul 25, 2008 / 04:08 am (CNA).- Today marks the 40th anniversary of the often debated papal encyclical Humanae Vitae, in which Pope Paul VI reaffirmed the Church’s teaching against contraception. Looking back at the events as he experienced them, Cardinal James Francis Stafford writes that the reaction by dissenters to the papal document involved a level of infidelity which divided the ranks of the clergy to such an extent that they have still not recovered. The recounting of the events of 1968 by Cardinal Stafford-who was a priest in Baltimore at the time of the encyclical’s release-is eloquent, laced with...
  • "Provoking reflection" (Contrasting views on Humanae Vitae)

    07/28/2008 3:34:55 PM PDT · by kellynla · 158+ views
    California Catholic Daily ^ | July 28, 2008 | staff
    Los Angeles archdiocesan newspaper publishes contrasting views of Humanae Vitae on encyclicals 40th anniversary The Tidings, the newspaper of the Los Angeles archdiocese, carried two articles in its July 25 issue on the 40th anniversary of Pope Paul VIs encyclical Humanae Vitae, which reiterated the Churchs teaching on the immorality of artificial contraception. The first article, provided by the Catholic News Service, is generally favorable to the encyclical. The second, by Notre Dame professor Fr. Richard McBrien, casts doubt on its authority. [[Olmsted072808.jpg]]The CNS article notes how Humanae Vitae is rarely addressed from the pulpit. It goes on to interview...
  • Humanae Vitae The Year of the Peirasms - 1968

    07/25/2008 7:44:49 PM PDT · by AncientAirs · 123+ views
    CNA ^ | July 2008 | Cardinal James Francis Stafford
    “Lead us not into temptation” is the sixth petition of the Our Father. Πειρασμός (Peirasmòs), the Greek word used in this passage for ‘temptation.’, means a trial or test. Disciples petition God to be protected against the supreme test of ungodly powers. The trial is related to Jesus’s cup in Gethsemane, the same cup which his disciples would also taste (Mk 10: 35-45). The dark side of the interior of the cup is an abyss. It reveals the awful consequences of God’s judgment upon sinful humanity. In August, 1968, the weight of the evangelical Πειρασμός fell on many priests, including...
  • Catholics to Pope: Lift the Birth Control Ban

    07/25/2008 1:49:26 PM PDT · by kellynla · 35 replies · 223+ views
    townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2008 | staff
    More than 50 dissident Catholic groups from around the world have written an open letter asking Pope Benedict XVI to lift the church's ban on birth control. Taking a half-page ad in the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, the groups said Friday that the Church's ban on artificial birth control has had "catastrophic effects," particularly in the fight against AIDS. The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the accusation was "clearly unfounded" and insisted the Church is active in combating AIDS. The groups published their appeal on the 40th anniversary of the 1968 encyclical "Humanae Vitae" ("On Human Life")...
  • [OPEN] The Vindication of Humanae Vitae

    07/21/2008 3:41:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies · 208+ views
    First Things ^ | Jul/Aug 2008 | Mary Eberstadt
    I That Humanae Vitae and related Catholic teachings about sexual morality are laughingstocks in all the best places is not exactly news. Even in the benighted precincts of believers, where information from the outside world is known to travel exceedingly slowly, everybody grasps that this is one doctrine the world loves to hate. During Benedict XVIs April visit to the United States, hardly a story in the secular press failed to mention the teachings of Humanae Vitae, usually alongside adjectives like divisive and controversial and outdated. In fact, if theres anything on earth that unites the Churchs adversariesall of...
  • Catholic Clergy Challenge Colleagues to Reacquaint Themselves and Their People with Humanae Vitae

    07/19/2008 2:40:02 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 5 replies · 190+ views
    Christian Newswire ^ | 7/19/08 | Christian Newswire
    Contact: Rev. Fr. John Trigilio, Confraternity of Catholic Clergy,717-957-2662 BALTIMORE, Maryland, July 19 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy celebrated the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, the encyclical from Paul VI, by asking every deacon, priest and bishop to reread and re-educate their flock with this prophetic document. The organization also pledged support for all bishops who confront and deny Holy Communion to unrepentant Catholic politicians that support abortion, if prior attempts to enlighten their consciences fail. A national association of 600 priests and deacons, the CCC met in Baltimore, MD, July 14-17 for its 33rd annual convocation....
  • Catholics for Choice to publish open letter to Pope criticizing Humanae Vitae

    07/18/2008 2:01:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies · 92+ views
    CNA ^ | July 18, 2008
    New York, Jul 18, 2008 / 02:50 pm (CNA).- A group of Catholic dissenters plans to publish an open letter to Pope Benedict XVI in a major U.S. and a major Italian newspaper criticizing Pope Paul VIs 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae on the fortieth anniversary of its promulgation, July 25. The group Catholics for Choice (CFC) claims that the encyclicals teaching against contraception has been an utter failure that endangers womens lives and leaves millions at risk of HIV. However, a major pro-life leader said the groups accusations were hard to take seriously.According to the version of the open letter...
  • Paul VI vs. Playboy

    07/18/2008 7:35:43 AM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies · 82+ views
    NCR ^ | July 18, 2008 | Donald DeMarco
    In 1986, Brother Don Fleischhacker of Notre Dame University wrote a letter to Playboy protesting that magazines fragmented view of human sexuality. Citing Humanae Vitae, this intrepid Holy Cross religious reasoned that once the contraceptive mentality is accepted, there can be no coherent objective ground for opposition to homosexual activity. If the unitive aspect of sex becomes an end in itself, he went on to explain, There is no essential reason why sex should be restricted to couples of different sexes. Recent events have proven that Brother Don was as prophetic as was Pope Paul VI when he penned Humane...
  • THE EX CATHEDRA STATUS OF THE ENCYCLICAL "HUMANAE VITAE" [Catholic Caucus]

    07/10/2008 3:29:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies · 228+ views
    THE EX CATHEDRA STATUS OF THE ENCYCLICAL "HUMANAE VITAE" Brian W. Harrison, O.S. FAITH & REASON, Christendom Press, 2101 Shenandoah Shores Road, Front Royal, VA 22630, (800) 877-5456, Vol. XIX, No. 1, Spring 1993. The article originally appeared in the September/November 1992 issue of "Living Tradition: The Organ of the Roman Theological Forum" In "Living Tradition," No. 12 (July 1987),[1] the present writer favourably reviewed a recent book by Fr. Ermenegildo Lio, O.F.M., "Humanae Vitae e Infallibilita" (Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1986), in which the thesis is sustained that the teaching against contraception in Pope Paul VI's encyclical...
  • Priest gets fruit basket with fetus in cheese spread bottle

    07/08/2008 7:49:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies · 401+ views
    ABS CBN ^ | July 7, 2008
    A man of the cloth and his family got the shock of their lives Monday morning after finding a four-month-old fetus hidden in a basket of fruits.Monsignor Gerry Santos had just celebrated Mass at the Quiapo Church in Manila around 9 a.m. when he received a basket of fruits from an unknown donor."After the mass, pinauwi sa akin ng mother butler. I brought the fruits to my parents' home because it was our regular lunch and my parents' house helper showed it to me. It was inside a bottle of Cheez Wiz. Maybe it's four months old," Santos said in...
  • The Early Church Fathers on Contraception - Catholic/Orthodox Caucus

    02/15/2007 2:16:28 PM PST · by NYer · 209 replies · 2,702+ views
    The Early Church Fathers were undivided in their condemnation of artificial birth control. In fact, all Christian churches were in agreement on this until 1930. Letter of BarnabasMoreover, he [Moses] has rightly detested the weasel [Lev. 11:29]. For he means, "Thou shalt not be like to those whom we hear of as committing wickedness with the mouth with the body through uncleanness [orally consummated sex]; nor shalt thou be joined to those impure women who commit iniquity with the mouth with the body through uncleanness" (Letter of Barnabas 10:8 [A.D. 74]).Clement of AlexandriaBecause of its divine institution for the propagation...
  • Couples Ask: What?s Wrong With In-vitro Fertilization?

    08/11/2004 6:34:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 201 replies · 5,186+ views
    NCR ^ | August 8-14, 2004 | Tim Drake
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. Catholic teaching has called in-vitro fertilization techniques immoral for decades. But most Catholics still havent heard the news. California attorneys Anthony and Stephanie Epolite found out the hard way that in-vitro fertilization wasnt all its cracked up to be. After years of marriage, and facing her 39th birthday still without a baby, Stephanie turned to a fertility clinic.Two years and $25,000 later, the couple had nothing but frustration and embarrassment to show for the time spent on in-vitro fertilization (in-vitro fertilization)."We were emotionally, financially and spiritually spent," Stephanie Epolite said. "The clinic did no diagnostic tests. They...
  • The bad old days - the Church in 1968 (from Time Magazine archives)

    07/03/2006 11:32:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies · 888+ views
    Cafeteris is Closed ^ | June 30, 2006 | Gerald Augustinus
    I've been rummaging in the TIME archives and came across an article from 1968 entitled "Freedom vs Authority in the Catholic Church". Here some excerpts (article is subscribers-only) - it's scary that some of the same guys are still around kvetching. JULY 29, 1968, may prove to be a major landmark in the long history of the Roman Catholic Churchas significant, perhaps, as the moment when Martin Luther decided to post his theses on indulgences at Wittenberg Castle Church. On that day last summer, Pope Paul VI promulgated his seventh encyclical, Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life), which condemned all...
  • More empirical confirmation

    01/28/2006 4:57:33 PM PST · by lastchance · 7 replies · 207+ views
    Pontifications ^ | January 28, 2006 | John Allen, of National Catholic Reporter
    Almost as a matter of principle, theological debates are insusceptible of empirical resolution. There’’s no scientific test to determine whether God is really three persons in one, for example, or whether salvation really comes through faith alone. Some Catholic thinkers, however, believe there is a growing body of empirical confirmation for at least one aspect of church teaching, which is Paul VI’’s 1968 assertion in Humanae Vitae on the immorality of separating the unitive and procreative functions of marriage. The toxic consequences of rewriting traditional concepts of marriage and the family, they believe, are grimly evident in the current demographic...
  • Pope on divine love vs. erotic love

    01/04/2006 7:31:11 AM PST · by klossg · 66 replies · 1,369+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 01/04/2006 | CATHLEEN FALSANI
    Pope Benedict XVI may try to "save eros," in the first encyclical of his papacy, Chicago's Cardinal Francis George told the Chicago Sun-Times. George expects the new pope will try to explain that erotic love, eros, and unconditional love, agape, are both inherently good in God's eyes in his encyclical titled "Deus, Caritas Est," Latin for "God is Love." An encyclical is a pope's most authoritative document, a pastoral letter circulated to the universal church. Letter talks about Christ The cardinal has not yet seen Benedict XVI's encyclical, which is expected to be released by the Vatican within days, but...