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The Five Phases of the Sexual and Cultural Revolution

We are all aware of how fast and sweeping the moral, cultural, political, economic, and technological changes have been in Western societies, especially since the end of World War II. The “New Morality”—which is really not so “new” anymore—has a long history that pre-dates the war. In this article, I would like to briefly trace the various phases of how we got from the Old Morality to the New Morality in the post-war...

Is It Ever Immoral Not to Practice NFP?

As science progresses, particularly ethical medical practices such as NaPro technology, the question arises whether it would ever be morally wrong not to practice NFP when one has a legitimate reason for such practice. For example, if you know that your baby’s life or your own would be put in danger by a pregnancy, is there a moral imperative to practice NFP so as to not unnecessarily risk losing a life?

First, we...

Fundamental Distinctions for the Upcoming Synod

This is the third article in a three-part series on the upcoming Synod. See the first article here, and the second here.

Going forward to the Ordinary Synod on the Family this October and afterwards as well, the Church will need, in my view, to make clear some fundamental distinctions. Three significant ones come to mind.

History vs. historicity

First, the Church needs, more than ever in a world...

Speaking the Truth in Love

This is the second article in a three-part series on the upcoming Synod. See the first article here.

Acts that violate human dignity can never be ordered to the love of God and neighbor (cf. Pope St. John Paul II, Veritatis splendor, nos. 80-82). They are “dead-ends,” as I like to call them, that will not enable us to reach our spiritual journey’s end–the Kingdom of God. Thus, they...

Whose Agenda? Reflections on the Upcoming Synod

“[W]hat can be done concretely, especially at a time in which the faith is being watered down more and more, even within the Church, and the ‘things with which the pagans are concerned,’ against which the Lord warns the disciples, threaten to become ever more the norm?” ~ Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, “The Retractio,” The new conclusion to the 1972 article on the indissolubility of marriage, rewritten by Benedict XVI/Joseph Ratzinger...

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...

A Not So Modest Proposal: On Prohibiting Procreation/Sexual Intercourse…To Save the Planet

Who can deny our globe has reached an environmental tipping point of epic proportions. For many decades now, a number of esteemed scientists have warned of the grave dangers posed to the planet by overpopulation and global warming/climate change. Some of these scientists have suggested that an effective solution to these problems would be a new black plague (e.g., a new world-wide Ebola-like virus) that would wipe out the entire human population –...

Procedures vs. Persons, Abortion vs. Gay Marriage: Another Culture War?

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the four consolidated same-sex “marriage” cases, including Ohio’s Obergefell vs. Hodgeson, on April 28, 2015. As The New York Times reported, the first arguments were over same-sex marriage bans democratically enacted in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, and thus concerned with whether states must allow same-sex marriage. The second set of arguments were concerned with whether a state must recognize a marriage of a...