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  • 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 he’s probably most remembered for his 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, which confirmed the Catholic Church’s 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 Vatican’s 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 God’s 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 Church’s 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 Vitae’s teaching on the morally appropriate means of family planning. So it was noteworthy that Cardinal Caffarra recently conceded that, while Humanae Vitae’s 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 Conley’s 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 Church’s 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 CzesƂaw MiƂosz 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 Pope’s 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 Church’s 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 predictable–in fact, some people actually predicted them from the start–but 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 that’s 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. “That’s 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 VI’s 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 “We’re 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 “We’re 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 VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae. John Smeaton, director of the UK’s 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 encyclical’s 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 VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae, which reiterated the Church’s 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 Peirasmòs - 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. ΠΔÎčρασΌός (PeirasmĂČs), 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 ΠΔÎčρασΌός 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 XVI’s 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 there’s anything on earth that unites the Church’s adversaries—all 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 VI’s 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae on the fortieth anniversary of its promulgation, July 25. The group Catholics for Choice (CFC) claims that the encyclical’s teaching against contraception has been an “utter failure” that endangers women’s lives and leaves millions at risk of HIV. However, a major pro-life leader said the group’s 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 magazine’s 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 haven’t heard the news. California attorneys Anthony and Stephanie Epolite found out the hard way that in-vitro fertilization wasn’t all it’s 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 Church—as 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
    ï»żAlmost 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...
  • Is the Teaching of the Encyclical Humanae Vitae Taught and Practiced in the Church? (Japan)

    10/30/2005 8:54:38 PM PST · by dsc · 8 replies · 324+ views
    Humanae Vitae Research Institute ^ | 1998 | Fr. John A. Nariai
    However, in March of that very same year Japan Bishops' Conference had sent a memorandum to Rome. Obviously it was the answer to the enquiry conducted by the Papal Commission on Family, which was established in 1963 during Vat II by Pope John XXIII to consider problems of family, population, and birth-rate. It was continued under Pope Paul VI and came to consist of cardinals, bishops, population experts, physicians, married couples. I was able to obtain a copy of this memorandum. It is written in impeccable Latin but its content is not without fault. In it, the Japanese bishops said...
  • Conjugal Love and Procreation: God's Design

    07/30/2005 10:23:28 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 528+ views
    The beacon ^ | 07.28.05 | Most Reverend Arthur J. Serratelli, S.T.D., S.S.L., D.D
    Conjugal Love and Procreation: God's Design The author poet Carl Sandburg once said, "A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on." Written within the human heart is the knowledge that life is good and worthy to pass on from one generation to the next.  Newlyweds who pledge their love "till death do us part" look forward to the day they can hold in their arms a child to share their love.  Yet, each year, millions of couples who long for children discover that, for one reason or another, they are unable to conceive.   Today, science and technology...
  • Being fruitful [Evangelicals and contraception]

    07/11/2002 1:09:31 PM PDT · by Evangelium Vitae · 44 replies · 1,093+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 11, 2002 | Robert Stacy McCain
    <p>No one can accuse the Torodes of failing to practice what they preach. Their son Gideon was born almost exactly nine months after their November 2000 wedding.</p> <p>"We don't waste any time," says Mr. Torode, 26, of South Wayne, Wis. He and his 21-year-old wife are expecting their second child in February.</p>