Posts Tagged ‘contraception’

Why I Think James Keenan, S.J. Is Wrong About Humanae Vitae and the Prophylactic Use of Condoms

Boston College moral theologian James Keenan, S.J.’s “Life Lessons: How I teach ‘Humanae Vitae’”, is, on the whole, a good exposition of Bl. Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical on birth control and how he goes about teaching it to undergraduates. For 25 years, he says in this February 3, 2014, America magazine article, he has “upheld” its teaching. That is good to hear in this age of dissent, especially so with...

The Blueprint for a Happy Life

This is the final article (Part VI) in a series; find Part I here, Part II here, Part III here, Part IV here and Part V here.

Let us seize this moment right now and renew our commitment to live the joyful, yes joyful, message of Humanae Vitae (HV). For its message is not only a “ban” on the birth control Pill,...

A New Word for the Family

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, may have coined a new word when he described contemporary American society as “defamilied”. While some participants in the Synod of Bishops may think that the Church should make things easier for Christian spouses, the archbishop contends that “We have to ask more of families”.

His position is well taken. Contraception, sterilization, abortion, same-sex marriage, certain forms of reproductive technology, the negative...

On the “Increased Need” in Family Planning Services

This month the Guttmacher Institute released a report stating that women’s “need” for publically funded “family planning services” rose by 22% from 2000 to 2012. Federally funded health centers provided a large majority of the services indicated. These clinics receive support from the federal government through a law known as Title X, which allocates funds specifically for “family planning and related preventative health services.” The report claims that hundreds of thousands...

Who is In Control?: Microchip Contraceptives

Just when one begins to believe that science has pushed the God-playing envelope to the limits, it seems as though the proverbial envelope sprouts wings. Since the decriminalization of contraception in the 1965 case, Griswold vs. Connecticut, the smorgasbord of contraceptive medications and devices has reached an excessive number. From the Pill, to the patch, to the shot, to the sponge, to the ring, to IUDs and beyond, the average gynecology patient is left overwhelmed with...

The Name of Evil: “Legion”

The nature of evil is to break, divide and rend asunder all that God unites in creation — to destroy the inherent harmony of order and the oneness of relationships. The more broken the pieces and parts are in the ruins, the better. Whether in bitter arguments, destructive wars, bitter factions, or violent heresies, the Devil advances his agenda by dividing and sub-dividing what God has designed for wholeness and peace. Original sin separated...

Physician Assisted Suicide: From Dominion over Human Procreation to the “Right to Die”

Forty-six years ago this July, Pope Paul VI issued his most controversial and, as it turned out, his last, yet most enduring encyclical.  I believe that Humanae vitae is a priceless gift to the (post) modern world. In it, Venerable Paul VI, as we know, reaffirmed the 2,000-years-old Catholic teaching on the immorality of contraception. The Pope taught that conjugal love, and indeed “each and every marital act” must remain open...

Is The Church Too Negative?

It is easy to cast anything in the negative. Such a maneuver, however, does not change its meaning. The statement “All frogs are amphibians” is equivalent to “No frogs are non-amphibians.” This change in words, without affecting a change in meaning is called “obversion” and is taught to freshmen in first-year logic. “All trees are living things” is equivalent to “No trees are non-living thing.” Negating both the subject and the predicate maintains...