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  • Uh-oh. Secularists Sad to Discover Pope Francis is Catholic

    01/19/2015 2:06:43 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    CreAtive Minority Reporta ^ | January 19, 2015 | Matthew Archbold
    This is a breakup letter. But it's worse than that. This is a breakup letter by a junior high schooler who is trying to tell everyone in the hallway outside homeroom that the person they had liked a few days ago is just like kinda' totally awful or something. Some lib in The Inquisitr wrote:Elected in 2013, Pope Francis has since shown us a very convincing image of a bold, refreshing deviant who has adamantly defied the church’s typically iron-fisted conservatism. His stance on LGBT, women’s rights, atheism, and evolution were so mind-blowingly revolutionary that many people saw him as...
  • The Generosity of Catholic Family Planning

    06/30/2014 6:47:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies ^ | June 30, 2014 | Revised New American Bible
    The Generosity of Catholic Family Planning Caitlin Marchand In a contraceptive culture it is little wonder that natural family planning is often in the Catholic spotlight.  Perhaps it is also little wonder that we accidentally slip into using the secular world’s terms or attitudes when discussing it.  It is well established to anybody willing to hear that NFP is a licit practice.  In fact, it is not merely an acceptable but second rate choice made by second rate Catholics but can and should be undertaken in such a spirit as to be equally receptive to God’s will and lovingly exercise...
  • 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...
  • August 2013 NFP: NFP + 169K, Exp. 180K

    09/06/2013 5:30:46 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 22 replies
    Zero Hedge Twitter ^ | Sept 6 2013 | Tyler Durden
    NFP + 169K, Exp. 180K— zerohedge (@zerohedge) September 6, 2013
  • "Condoms everywhere": A look at contraception

    07/26/2013 7:22:01 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 26 July 2013 | Matthew Olson
    ... "The administrator of the individual health unit, a much more polite authority, gave a similar spiel but revealed that there is no law mandating the disbursement of these products. This means that the DOH, entirely on its own initiative and apparently without any sort of official citizen advisement, has simply decided to regularly budget taxpayer funds for them." ... "With that in mind, is contraception really the answer to the epidemic of sexually-transmitted diseases? Recently, the Democratic Party of Sebastian County hosted two ladies promoting this idea. One of the speakers, when just gently pressed by the friendly audience...
  • The Big Lebowski Recovery: Jobs Up 195k, But Full-Time Jobs Down 240k, Part-time Up 360k

    07/05/2013 8:19:04 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 26 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 07/05/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, non-farm payroll employment increased by 195,000 in June. nfp070513 Unfortunately, the household survey reported that part-time jobs increased by 360,000 to 28,059,000 an all time record high. Full time jobs actually FELL by 240,000. June Full vs Part Time Jobs historic As a result, U6 unemployment and marginally attached workers rose to 14.3%. u6070513 At least the labor force participation (of part-time workers) rose. lfp070513 And the employment to population ratio rose ever so slightly. emppop070513 America is realizing the disaster that is Obamacare. the-dude-from-the-big-lebowski-1
  • A Grim Preview Of This Friday's Jobs Number

    10/31/2012 10:35:52 AM PDT · by Outraged At FLA · 18 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 10/31/12 | ZeroHedge
    Following this morning's dismal employment sub-index from Chicago Fed PMI and the recent Philly Fed employment sub-index, the 'data' suggests that this week's (now confirmed by the BLS that NFP will be released on Friday as scheduled) payroll data could be the first negative print since September 2010.
  • 5 Questions Before You Leave the Catholic Church

    06/07/2012 4:06:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 126 replies ^ | May 30, 2012 | Jennifer Fulwiler
    5 Questions Before You Leave the Catholic ChurchJENNIFER FULWILERI would encourage anyone who is thinking of abandoning their Catholic faith to consider the following five questions. Author Anna Quindlen has been in the news lately, promoting a new book called Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake. She recently spoke with NPR's Terry Gross about a wide range of topics she covers in the book, including her recent decision to leave the Catholic Church.She summarized this decision by telling Gross: The pedophilia scandals, the church's reaction to them, and their constant obsession with gynecology taken together at a certain point,...
  • Young Catholic Women Try To Give Churchs Position On Birth Control New Sheen

    04/15/2012 2:02:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 15, 2012 | Michelle Boorstein
    Young Catholic Women Try To Give Churchs Position On Birth Control New Sheen Ashley McGuire is part of a movement of younger, religiously conservative Catholic women who are trying to rebrand what may be Catholicisms most-ignored teaching: its ban on birth control methods such as the Pill. Michelle Boorstein April 15 Ashley McGuire fell in love with the Catholic Church five years ago, after reading its teaching against artificial birth control. McGuire, then a skeptical Protestant college student, initially saw the ban as a mandatory march to domestic slavery. But the more she read, the more she was blown away...
  • Essays for Lent: Natural Family Planning

    04/03/2012 8:56:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies ^ | 2005 | Sebastian R. Fama
    Natural Family Planningby Sebastian R. Fama Natural Family Planning (NFP) seems to be the Catholic Churchs best-kept secret. Its not that the Church wants it to be a secret. The message just doesnt seem to get out. NFP is the licit alternative to contraception, or birth control as it is usually referred to. NFP is just as effective as any method of contraception and it has the advantage of causing no harm to the womans body with side effects and complications.Rather than tamper with a womans body, NFP works with it. It is important to note that NFP is not...
  • Essays for Lent: Abstinence

    04/01/2012 7:30:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies ^ | 2005 | Sebastian R. Fama
    Abstinenceby Sebastian R. FamaThe concept of sexual abstinence is not as popular as it once was. Tragically, even some Church goers have little or no regard for it. They choose to follow the lead of pop culture rather than the teachings of their faith. Even so, most men and women, at least subconsciously, believe that fornication (sex outside of marriage) is wrong.The standard defense for condoning fornication is usually a variation of the following: "Theres nothing wrong with sleeping with someone you really love. " Curiously, the same men who say this to their girlfriends say the opposite to their...
  • Birth Death Adds 87K To Today's NFP Miss, 491K Jobs In Past Year Due To "Statistics"

    09/02/2011 6:56:21 AM PDT · by algernonpj · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | September 2, 2011 | Tyler Burden
    Take Green (i.e. double zero), and subtract from it the Birth Death adjustment and presto: you have reality, or what we predicted earlier today- a negative NFP print. Also, for the seasonal sticklers Birth Death has added 491k jobs in the past year: no seasonality here.
  • Religious Faux Pas? Most Catholics Use Contraception

    04/14/2011 8:18:23 AM PDT · by Grunthor · 174 replies ^ | 4/14/11 | Stephanie Pappas
    Catholic women overwhelmingly use birth control, despite an official ban by the church, a new study finds......
  • How is Weight Watchers Like NFP? [Catholic caucus]

    04/13/2011 11:47:00 AM PDT · by Mary Kochan · 14 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | 4/13/11 | Kay Anne Kelly
    In the late summer of 2000 I entered the doorway of the nearest Weight Watchers and tipped the scale at a little over 200 pounds. After having two little boys within two years of each other, health issues from the first birth experience, and the death of my mother just days after my second son was born I took solace in one thing: chocolate. A busy work schedule which included me passing off the little boys to my husband, Pat, as I headed to my retail job in the evening did not help matters. I knew I needed to eat...
  • John Paul II, Family Size, and Christian Prudence [Catholic caucus]

    03/31/2011 1:19:29 PM PDT · by Mary Kochan · 14 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | 3/30/11 | Kathleen Woodman
    Years ago, after attending a natural family planning class my husband and I had taught, one of the students called me to tell me why she wasnt coming to the next class. After a brief span of conversation that let me know she felt very intimate with God, she proceeded to inform me that the Lord had told her she could use artificial contraception. Inwardly, my jaw dropped. She had certainly learned the correct church teaching in our class. There was not much I could say, as she had already heard the truth, and had chosen to disregard it. Months...
  • Pioneer of Natural Family Planning is Dead

    10/05/2010 9:18:55 PM PDT · by 0beron · 4 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/05/2010 | Tancred
    Despite his spectacular success he was held in scorn and discounted his entire life because of his Catholic Faith.( The Austrian Doctor, Professor Dr. Josef Rtzer, died yesterday at 91 years of age. This was according to the old liberal website, ''. Rtzer was born in Vienna on the 21st of March 1920.
  • The Connection between Contraception and Abortion

    06/09/2010 10:16:39 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 48 replies · 526+ views ^ | Janet E. Smith, Ph.D.
    The Connection between Contraception and Abortion Janet E. Smith, Ph.D. Philosophy Department, University of Dallas Many in the prolife movement are reluctant to make a connection between contraception and abortion. They insist that these are two very different acts that there is all the difference in the world between contraception, which prevents a life from coming to be and abortion, which takes a life that has already begun. With some contraceptives there is not only a link with abortion there is an identity. Some contraceptives are abortifacients; they work by causing early term abortions. The IUD seems to prevent...
  • NFP? Yeah, Theres an App for That, Too

    02/05/2010 8:35:09 AM PST · by mlizzy · 12 replies · 368+ views
    Reflections of a Paralytic ^ | 02-05-10 | Chelsea Zimmerman
    Britains first iPhone baby is born after couple tried four years to conceive A woman who was considering IVF treatment has given birth to a baby girl after using an iPhone application to become pregnant. After four years of struggling to conceive, Lena Bryce and partner Dudley had nearly given up hope of having children, until she heard about the fertility app and downloaded it to her iPhone. The 30-year-old entered her body temperature daily and the app calculated when she would be most fertile. After just two months of using the tecnology she fell pregnant. Last Friday, a...
  • 'Amazing Grace for Those Who Suffer'

    01/28/2010 9:35:01 AM PST · by mlizzy · 12 replies · 299+ views
    RenewAmerica ^ | 01-28-10 | Matt C. Abbott
    The following is a true and quite moving story (minus footnotes) from the book Amazing Grace for Those Who Suffer, authored by Jeff Cavins and Matthew Pinto. This collection of 10 true stories "will make you laugh, cry, and show you the power of God's healing grace. They address the age-old question of why a good God would allow people to suffer and how good can come out of evil. Here you will read about ordinary people who endured great hardship and discovered hope and healing through God's amazing grace." Many thanks to Matthew Pinto of Ascension...
  • Building a better marriage

    10/31/2009 7:32:11 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 236+ views
    Our Sunday Visitor ^ | Thursday, October 29, 2009 | Mary DeTurris Poust
    Thursday, October 29, 2009 Building a better marriage By Mary DeTurris Poust Ask any Catholic couple for the secret to their marital success and they're likely to focus on two key things: communication and faith. Without those crucial elements, marriage can quickly become a business partnership rather than the sacramental relationship it is meant to be. The Church tries to ensure, through Pre-Cana programs, that young couples are aware of that reality before they say walk down the aisle to say, "I do." Now the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., is offering a DVD, "When Two Become One: An...
  • 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...
  • NFP and Contraception: Whats the Difference?

    09/25/2009 1:19:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies · 928+ views
    ce ^ | September 23, 2009 | Marshall Fightlin
    Many people, indeed many Catholics, do not see the moral difference between contraception and NFP. “It does the same thing, doesn’t it?” They will often refer to NFP as “Catholic contraception.” What these people need is a brief lesson is Moral Theology 101. And here it is.In order for a human act to be moral, three aspects of it must be good: The act itself (the “object” or means), the goal or reason for doing it (the “end”), and the circumstances under which the act is done.The bedrock principle from which all moral reasoning flows is this: “The end doesn’t...
  • New Evangelical Documentary Exposes Abortifacient Qualities of the Birth Control Pill, Promotes NFP

    05/27/2009 1:16:04 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 26 replies · 863+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/27/09 | Alex Bush
    May 27, 2009 ( A documentary called 28 Days on the Pill has been released that seeks expose the abortifacient properties of the birth control pill. The documentary explains that many forms of birth control pills contain progesterone, which thins the endometrium, the walls of the uterus, which in turn causes it to become inhospitable to a conceived ovum. This inhospitality may cause a newly conceived human being not to implant in the endometrium and cause an abortion.The documentary instead promotes the use of Natural Family Planning, which is the use of natural periods of infertility to regulate the...
  • Alternatives to Condoms: The Catholic Church and Contraceptives

    04/01/2009 8:48:37 AM PDT · by annalex · 20 replies · 678+ views
    The Cornell Daily Sun ^ | April 1, 2009 - 12:00am | Dan DiLeo
    Alternatives to Condoms: The Catholic Church and Contraceptives By Dan DiLeo Created Apr 1 2009 - 12:00am Recently, Pope Benedict XVI made headlines by saying that condoms are an inappropriate and counter-productive solution to HIV/AIDS. Some have expanded on the implications of the Popes comments and have considered Church teaching on contraception in light of overpopulation. However, many understand what the Catholic Church says regarding contraception, but few understand why it says it. As such, I now offer this information, assuming that overpopulation is a problem. It is my hope that, whatever moral view you ultimately take, you at least...
  • Sex in the City of God

    12/07/2008 10:46:17 AM PST · by GonzoII · 138 replies · 1,530+ views ^ | August, 2002 | KATHERYN JEAN LOPEZ
    Where should a young couple wanting to know, practically and theologically, what the Catholic Church has to say about natural family planning go these days? Well among other places they could go to a Protestant couple. In particular, they should look for Sam and Bethany Torode....
  • Responsible Parenthood in a Birth Control Culture, Part Two [Open]

    08/26/2008 8:58:09 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies · 767+ views ^ | August 14th, 2008 | Fr. James Farfaglia
    Responsible Parenthood in a Birth Control Culture, Part Two August 14th, 2008 by Fr. James Farfaglia As I explained in part one, when the sacrament of holy matrimony is consummated, the husband and wife need to be open to the possibility of having a child. I also mentioned that because we live in a culture that is so birth control oriented, even some couples using Natural Family Planning use it with a contraceptive mentality, for inappropriate reasons. Now I want to discuss those reasons.Remember that one of the three purposes of marriage is the procreation of children. To use Natural...
  • Protestants show interest in wisdom of Natural Family Planning [Ecumenical]

    08/14/2008 1:30:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies · 188+ views
    CNA ^ | August 13, 2008
    Austin, Aug 13, 2008 / 09:15 pm (CNA).- Citing a desire to let their faith in God guide their sex lives and to trust Him in every aspect of their existence, some Protestants have become practitioners of Natural Family Planning (NFP). Eschewing contraceptives, some are now joining Catholics in fertility classes and returning to traditional Christian teaching.The Austin American-Statesman reports that the number of NFP practitioners who are Protestants is difficult to quantify. However, Rev. Amy Laura Hall, a Methodist minister and associate professor at Duke Divinity School, says there appears to be growing interest. She said that, as...
  • Philippine Population Control Groups Launch Suit Against Pro-Life Manila Former Mayor

    10/05/2007 4:13:14 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 5 replies · 304+ views ^ | October 2, 2007 | Hilary White
    Philippine Population Control Groups Launch Suit Against Pro-Life Manila Former Mayor By Hilary White MANILA, Philippines, October 2, 2007 ( - Lito Atienza, the former mayor of the Philippine capital Manila, who has earned the wrath of abortionists and population control groups for his opposition to the killer abortion drug RU-486, is facing a lawsuit by those same groups. According to Elizabeth Pangalangan, executive director of the Reproductive Health, Rights and Ethics Center at the University of the Philippines, the suit aims to "hold [Atienza] liable for acts which caused injury to women." Atienza, who is now the Environment Secretary...
  • Catholics teach birth control to Muslims

    08/24/2007 8:09:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 68 replies · 629+ views
    R & S ^ | August 23, 2007
    A group of lay Catholics are promoting natural family planning methods among the Philippine Muslim community to control the rising population without going against the beliefs held by the two religions. The group began its campaign in Maguindanao, southern Mindanao province, where the percentage of Muslims reaches 90 percent. From there, the group hopes to carry its work to the rest of the country to tackle the problem of birth control without relying on artificial methods, AsiaNews reported Thursday. The well known and much appreciated method, known as the "Billings ovulation method," is based on analysis of the female ovulation...
  • Enslaving Women One Pill at a Time (Birth Control Pills and Natural Family Planning)

    07/13/2007 3:38:12 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 40 replies · 1,570+ views
    Christian Newswire ^ | 7/13/07 | Christian Newswire
    New Birth Control Pill Threatens to Once Again Dupe Women into Abusing Their Bodies, but Fertility Expert Shows it Doesnt Have to be This WayContact: Christine Schicker, 404-610-8871,, Lisa Wheeler, 678-990-9032, lwheeler@maximusmg.comWASHINGTON,July 13 /Christian Newswire/ --"Women no longer need to be slaves to the pharmaceutical industry," said Mercedes Arz Wilson, president of Family of the Americas Foundation and author of the newly released book, Love & Fertility. Wilson's new book examines and illustrates a natural method of family planning in an easy to understand format. This scientifically and medically proven, revolutionary method should not be confused with the...
  • An open letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal, Re: the new contraceptive pill "Lybrel,"

    06/16/2007 9:20:20 PM PDT · by Coleus · 10 replies · 465+ views
    Renew America ^ | 06.14.07 | Mercedes Arz Wilson and Dr. Paul A. Byrne
    In reference to your May 23, 2007 article [1] regarding the new contraceptive pill "Lybrel," we continue to be amazed at the never-ending enslaving of women by making them choose a variety of birth control pills which are variations of the same deadly steroid chemicals! As that well-known pamphlet from the Breast Cancer Institute states: "If it is not okay for him [athletes] to take steroids, why is it okay for her," referring to women 18-49? Why can't the media and the medical profession be more responsible in warning women that birth control pills, the patches, or injections such...
  • New Study Shows Natural Family Planning Technique More Effective Than Contraception

    02/21/2007 6:25:14 PM PST · by samiam1972 · 105 replies · 1,373+ views
    Life Site News ^ | Wednesday February 21, 2007 | Peter J. Smith
    HEIDELBERG, Germany, February 21, 2007 ( - A new study by German researchers shows that a method of natural family planning is statistically as effective as the contraceptive pill in delaying pregnancy. Researchers from the University of Heidelberg studied the statistical effectiveness of the symptothermal method (STM) to avoid achieving pregnancy. Unlike contraceptives that either suppress a woman's natural fertility cycle or act as a barrier to conception, STM helps a woman to understand the natural signs of her fertility in order to achieve or temporarily delay pregnancy. The study involving 900 women was published in the journal, Human Reproduction,...
  • Evangelical Leader: Young Protestant Couples Rejecting Contraception Revolution

    11/05/2006 5:50:46 AM PST · by NYer · 45 replies · 1,391+ views
    LifeSite ^ | November 3, 2006 | Gudrun Schultz
    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, November 3, 2006 ( - Young Christian couples are re-thinking contraceptive use and biblical teaching on human sexuality, in response to a growing awareness of the social damage caused by the sexual revolution, a foremost leader in the U.S evangelical community told Christianity Today last month.Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., is a theologian and ordained minister, serving as president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the leading educational institution of the Southern Baptist Convention. He said Christian evangelicals are questioning the effects widespread reliance on birth control has had on society.In the first place, this generation has now...
  • Should Catholic Still Have Large Families?

    10/11/2006 9:40:43 AM PDT · by Balt · 39 replies · 876+ views
    I suppose it was predictable: as the population of the United States gets ready to cruise past the 300,000,000 mark, the fourth estate is already rolling out its big guns for a left flank manuvuer against Catholic teaching and conservatism in general. And the call to arms is "The US is eating up the world!" Years ago, when there were still moms and pops taking some liberal ideas seriously around the kitchen table, blowing the over-population bugle could rally a fair number of troops, but not anymore. France is offering huge -- and I mean really HUGE -- personal tax...
  • If Jesus were the Bishop of Amarillo, what would He do?

    08/12/2006 7:27:53 AM PDT · by Frank Sheed · 11 replies · 306+ views
    Webssite of the Diocese of Amarillo, Texas ^ | July 16, 2006 | Most Rev. John W. Yanta
    If Jesus were the Bishop of Amarillo, what would He do? A pastoral letter by Bishop John W. Yanta July 16, 2006 - Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, if Jesus were the Bishop of Amarillo, how would he run the Diocese of Amarillo? What would Jesus try to teach us? Would Jesus be evangelizing the people of God? How? Doing what? Saying what? Would Jesus be trying every means possible to call us to holiness? Would Jesus not only invite us to become his disciples but provide all the means of...
  • New method of fertility regulation in line with Catholic teaching

    06/12/2006 1:41:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 84 replies · 1,014+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | June 12, 2006
    Seattle, Jun. 12, 2006 (CNA) - A relatively new method of regulating fertility is catching on around the world. CycleBeads are 95 percent effective and, in themselves, do not conflict with Catholic teachings related to reproduction and fertility. The CycleBeads, which consist of 32 beads in three colors, is a fertility awareness-based method that helps plan or prevent pregnancy naturally. Victoria Jennings, an anthropologist and director of Georgetown's Institute for Reproductive Health, believes women are looking for non-hormonal, non-invasive ways to control their fertility. She and other researchers at Georgetown University conducted a scientific trial of the beads they call...
  • 'Rhythm Method Killing Embryos' Study is False on Science and Morality

    06/05/2006 3:36:16 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 27 replies · 1,160+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/5/06 | John-Henry Westen
    A study released last week by the British Medical Journal's subsidiary, the Journal of Medical Ethics, seemed more designed for attacking the Catholic Church than for scientific rigour. If that was the goal of L. Bovens' "The rhythm method and embryonic death", then the mainstream media fell for the ploy head-over-heels. "How Vatican roulette kills embryos," screamed Australia's Sydney Morning Herald; "Rhythm method linked to massive embryonic death," was the headline of India's New Kerala, and Canada's Vancouver Sun styled it "'Rhythm' method a killer of embryos."Physicians and medical ethicists, however,have responded to the journal noting that the study...
  • Marriage as a Public Good - Scholars Defend Institution's Role in Society

    02/25/2006 5:05:49 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 521+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 25, 2006
    PRINCETON, New Jersey, FEB. 25, 2006 ( Marriage's role as a public institution is increasingly under attack. In the midst of pressures for legalization of same-sex marriage, formal recognition of de facto couples, and the continuing problem of divorce, the traditional view of marriage is no longer clear to many people. But a volume of essays just-published collects an impressive array of evidence by leading scholars defending marriage and arguing that it serves the common good. "The Meaning of Marriage: Family, State, Market, and Morals" (Spence Publishing) is edited by Robert P. George and Jean Bethke Elshtain, professors at Princeton...
  • A 'Culture' of Inverted Sexuality

    05/20/2002 5:43:35 PM PDT · by JMJ333 · 108 replies · 1,287+ views
    CERC ^ | Patrick Fagan
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ABSTRACT: The massive social and psychological disorder we see all around us is not the making of the "gay community." Our current problems including even the gay-rights" movement itself arose as a result of disorders that first became prevalent among heterosexuals. If we want to take the mote out of our "gay" brothers' eyes maybe we should first remove the beam from our own. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It is impossible to look at the changes in our culture over the last few decades without realizing the extent of the changes wrought by the new sexual mores. The thesis of...
  • Computer Program Tracks Woman's Cycle - NFP

    02/09/2006 1:26:04 PM PST · by klossg · 56 replies · 1,089+ views
    Arlington Catholic Herald ^ | 2/9/06 | Angela E. Pometto
    Say goodbye to diaries those small books with breakable locks that little brothers could easily get their hands on. Todays women have computer programs that help them track their most cherished secrets. Women practicing Natural Family Planning (NFP) can throw away their paper charts and store that information in their palm pilot. And there is no worry about this sensitive information falling into the wrong hands with the click of a button, the intimate details of a womans life can be protected by a password. Woman Calendar, a program by BEIKS LLC, is a simple program that any...

    01/11/2006 10:18:00 AM PST · by el_chupacabra · 168 replies · 1,830+ views ^ | 1.10.06 | Catholic News Agency
    PHOENIX, January 10 (CNA) - Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix is now the third U.S. bishop to require a full course of natural family planning for couples who want to marry in a Catholic church. The other dioceses are Denver and Fargo. Most other dioceses only require an introduction to the method. In a series of articles, Bishop Olmsted said artificial birth control is a grave wrong that is at the root of many of the problems afflicting American society, reported the Arizona Republic. He said: "marriage itself is gravely harmed" when a couple uses birth control, and that marital...
  • Class Action Suit Says Depo-Provera Birth Control Drug Causes Osteoporosis

    12/21/2005 5:30:14 PM PST · by wagglebee · 50 replies · 3,446+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/21/05 | Gudrun Schultz
    December 21, 2005 ( Women are suing the makers of Depo-Provera birth control, saying it has caused them severe bone loss leading to osteoporosis.A $700-million class-action lawsuit has been filed against the drug company Pfizer, an international pharmaceutical conglomerate that also produces the prescription drugs Viagra, Zoloft and Celebrex. Pfizer has come under fire in the past for alleged lethal side effects stemming from the use of the anti-depressant Zoloft, and the company currently faces a number of lawsuits in the U.S. over Celebrex, which is alleged to cause heart attacks in users.The drug Depo-Provera acts as an abortifacient....
  • "Delightful Secrets of Sex" (Vanity)

    08/09/2005 10:51:53 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 155 replies · 4,006+ views
    Touchstone Magazine ^ | 2004 | Juli Loesch Wiley
    The Delightful Secrets of Sex Juli Loesch Wiley on Fertility & Contraception With all the incessant media drooling over the sexual options smorgasbord, with the Gay Summer of 2003 still flickering blue on our TV screens, and with even the Girl Scouts and the YWCA endorsing safe-sex training for young girls, people plugged into the mass culture have heard few discordant notes about the sexual revolutionand some have heard, perhaps, only one. Namely, that the pope is against it. To whom is sometimes added the Christian right. And, especially maddening to the Socially Responsible, the pope is even for some...
  • Does Your Doctor Defend Life? [NFP]

    06/27/2005 4:32:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies · 877+ views ^ | 06-26-05 | Danielle Bean
    byDanielle Bean Other Articles byDanielle Bean Does Your Doctor Defend Life? 06/27/05 Patients at most OB-GYN offices are bombarded with contraceptive propaganda, from the posters on the walls to advertisements on prescription pads and coffee mugs. Indeed, most physicians have little to offer couples who do not use artificial birth control. In This Article...The Magic Pill?Called to ServeWhere to Find Them The Magic Pill? There are, however, pro-family doctors who promote natural, moral methods of family planning and refuse to prescribe contraception or perform medical procedures that oppose Catholic teaching regarding the sanctity of human life. Their attitudes toward...
  • Exploding the Myth of the Population Bomb

    06/04/2005 2:07:14 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 67 replies · 1,482+ views
    The Illinois Leader ^ | 6/3/05 | Matt C. Abbot
    During the last three decades, the issue of overpopulation - or perceived overpopulation - has been discussed in various capacities. The primary instigators of these discussions have been the radical environmentalists, the radical animal rights activists, and certain wealthy elites in our Western society. All of these groups more or less assert that human beings are destroying the planet. There are too many of us, they say. Hence, we must utilize family planning (read: abortion, contraception, sterilization), even in a coercive manner, to limit the number of people born into the world. As a result of this elitist, anti-life mentality,...
  • Contraception: Newest effort to defeat pro-lifers

    03/03/2005 7:06:40 AM PST · by St. Johann Tetzel · 882 replies · 7,408+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 2, 2005 | Jill Stanek
    Contraception: Newest effort to defeat pro-lifers Posted: March 2, 20051:00 a.m. Eastern By Jill Stanek Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Abortion Federation and pro-abortion politicians all make money directly or indirectly from abortion, and that is why they push it. But abortion comprises only one-third of their financial portfolio. They make another third by selling contraceptives, pregnancy tests and sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment. The final third comes from the government, which pays them to promote the illicit sexual behavior via "sexual education" that generates business for the aforementioned two-thirds of...
  • Making Babies: A Very Different Look at Natural Family Planning

    02/14/2005 1:51:26 PM PST · by Diago · 11 replies · 1,214+ views
    Crisis Magazine ^ | H. W. Crocker III
    Making Babies: A Very Different Look at Natural Family Planning By H. W. Crocker III Natural family planning (NFP) needs a slogan, because as a productif I might adopt business-speakits not selling too well. According to some surveys, about 90 percent of professed Catholics reject the Churchs teaching on birth control. Even among priests, fewer than one in three considers artificial contraception to be always sinful. So let me propose a new rallying cry: Use NFP: It Doesnt Work! You think I jest. The case for NFP should, by rights, be the case for more babies. To have them is...
  • The Facts of Life & Marriage: Social Science & the Vindication of Christian Moral Teaching

    01/04/2005 1:15:20 PM PST · by St. Johann Tetzel · 22 replies · 5,732+ views
    Touchstone ^ | January/February, 2005 | W. Bradford Wilcox
    The Facts of Life & Marriage Social Science & the Vindication of Christian Moral Teachingby W. Bradford Wilcox In 1968, Pope Paul VI released Humanae Vitae, an encyclical affirming the Christian tradition’s ancient and constant moral teaching that contraception is wrong. Sadly, Humanae Vitae came as a shock to many Christians inside and outside the Catholic Church, who thought that the church was ready to accommodate herself to the modern view of marriage as primarily a relational, not procreative, institution. Indeed, in the wake of Humanae Vitae, the Catholic Church largely lost her ability to successfully convince the American laity,...
  • UN Launches Condom Cartoons (The Three Amigos )

    01/14/2005 9:18:46 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies · 3,849+ views
    Life Site ^ | January 13, 2005
    NEW YORK, January 13, 2005 ( The United Nations has launched a series of cartoons containing condoms as the main characters. The Three Amigos condom characters promote the so-called safe-sex message that condoms prevent HIV/AIDS. The UN describes the campaign as the "start of the world's largest integrated behaviour modification program," according to a WorldNetDaily report. The feature presents the characters, Shaft, Stretch and Dick, in a variety of settings. Canadian producer-director Firdaus Kharas said, We're using humor to stop the spread of AIDS. The television advertisement is already playing in the Netherlands, South Africa, and Canada, and has...
  • Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, July 25, 2004

    07/16/2004 9:20:35 AM PDT · by Coleus · 23 replies · 694+ views
    USCCB ^ | 07.16.04
    LIFE ISSUES FORUM July 16, 2004 For Immediate Release "A Way of Life, A Way of Love" by Theresa Notare, MA On July 25 the dioceses will begin a week-long campaign to help Catholics understand the Church's teachings on birth control. The campaign-Natural Family Planning Awareness Week-has as its theme "A Way of Life, A Way of Love." Why pick July as a time to do this? Two reasons: the anniversary of the important encyclical on birth control, Humanae vitae, falls on July 28th, and summer is typically a time when people slow down. It's a good time for reflection....