15.06.2015

Contraception and the Catholic Church: {Part 1} The Historical Precedent

By Jenny Uebbing As promised, this week I’m focusing on the Church’s teaching on contraception: the whys, whens, and hows of it, and (hopefully!) providing a good framework for discussion between couples, curious (or hostile) family members, and the occasional stranger with raised eyebrows in the checkout line. Today’s topic? Some of the historical background on the practice of contraception, and what the Catholic Church’s response has been as the world around her has embraced the practice with open arms. Throughout the history of Christianity the practice of contraception was uniformly condemned by every single denomination until the early 1920’s. Even Even Freud and Ghandi, no staunch advocates of Christianity, opposed the practice, identified it as a sexual disorder and a symptom of a deeper societal illness. Check these out: “The abandonment of the reproductive function is the common feature of all perversions. We actually describe a sexual activity as perverse if it...[more]

Category: Contraception & Abortion

23.04.2015

Making the Switch from Contraception to Natural Family Planning

By Patty Schneier Discovering the Truth about contraception can be one of the most defining moments in a couple’s marriage. But quite often, the joy of this discovery is accompanied by fears, doubts, and many questions. My husband Larry and I experienced all of the above in January, 2002 when, after 13 years of marriage, we finally decided to live our lives according to God’s plan for love and life. We literally threw out the contraception. This was the best decision we ever made, and we have never looked back. It was THE defining moment in our marriage. Today, we continue to joyfully celebrate our conversion. We celebrate the beginning of a whole new way of life together and a whole new way of loving each other. But we also vividly remember how difficult it was to be in the middle of this conversion process. Our transformation wasn’t so “joyful” when we were actually going through it. To be honest, we were a mess. We stayed up night after night until the wee hours of...[more]

Category: Contraception & Abortion

23.04.2015

What does the Bible say about Contraception?

What does the Bible say about contraception? The Second Vatican Councils statement on Divine Revelation teaches us that interpretation of the Sacred Scriptures must devote attention to “the content and unity of the whole of scripture, taking into account the tradition of the entire Church”1 Much more than a moral manual or a doctrinal concordance, the Bible is an inspired expression of the faith and life of the Church. In contrast to the legalism of the Pharisees, the revelation of Christ was/is comprehensive, describing the positive fulfillment of the demands of love. Our application of this revelation to the specific moral questions of our age, in this case contraception, involves submitting our actions to the standard of life-giving love established by God, both in his fathering of the chosen people of old, and in his redemption of the New Israel. The morality of contraception must be viewed in this light, that is, in the light of Gods ineffable love for human life...[more]

Category: Contraception & Abortion

23.04.2015

The Connection Between Contraception and Abortion

In this article the author shows how contraceptives create a "need" for abortion by making children into a burden to be avoided at all cost. From sources such as the Supreme Court, social scientists, and philosophers, this article proves contraception is the foundation for abortion.  by Janet E. Smith, PhD Many in the pro-life 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 a fertilized egg--a new little human being- from implanting in the uterine wall. The pill does not always stop ovulation, but sometimes prevents...[more]

Category: Contraception & Abortion

23.04.2015

If I got pregnant again, I could die: but I wish I could have 10 kids

By Melanie PritchardRecently, an acquaintance on Facebook wrote something that struck me. Here is what he wrote (I have omitted any identifying information to protect his privacy): “Dear Facebook World,  I have to admit something. The past nine months I've been scared. I've been scared to announce that my wife and I were pregnant with our 5th child. This fear wasn't for health reasons, financial reasons, or any reason to that fact. The reason is due to fear of the perception that some people might have of having 5 children in today's society. The truth of the matter is, I can't be scared, and I shouldn't be scared. I know some of you might be thinking, "What the hell is he doing?" While others may be thinking "When is the next one coming?" Truth of the matter is, that we are open to anything that God blesses us with, and we will always find a way to answer our calling as parents. For those of you concerned, we are fine, our kids are not...[more]

Category: Marriage & Children

23.04.2015

How much does a baby really cost?: How I raised my baby for the cost of a cup of coffee a day

by Naomi Charles I was pregnant for the first time, and feeling a bit anxious, so I asked my brother, whose wife had a baby the previous year, “How much does it cost to have a baby on a monthly basis?” David said, “If you can afford a coffee a day, you can afford to have a baby.” Well my baby girl is a year old yesterday, and I have kept track of all the money we spent on her and guess what? David was right. All told, we spent $641.00. That is $52.41 a month and $1.75 a day! (Isn’t that the price of a coffee these days?) Now what does $1.75 a day include? Well everything: diapers, baby food, clothes, presents, toiletries, official documents, medicine, and even her birthday party expenses. So why did I bother to do this? Well I wanted to prove something. Many people say they can’t afford children, unless they have all the education they want, a good career and a double income in their family. Many modern sources you look to will not give you the impression that ...[more]

Category: Marriage & Children

23.04.2015

20 Ways for Young Men to Become REAL Men

“There is need for a crusade of manliness and purity to counteract and nullify the savage work of those who think man is a beast. And that crusade is your work”- St. Josemaría Escrivá 1. Tell cool, funny jokes, not the kind that would make a pure woman blush—or be offended! 2. Find saints that you relate to and ask them to pray for you as you imitate their virtues. Some awesome real men include St. Joseph, St. Augustine, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, and St. Josemaría Escrivá. 3. Keep your standards high; only date women who have the qualities you want in a future wife and mother of your children. Pray for your bride, that she will have the love and strength to save the gift of sexual intimacy for you, and pray that you’ll have that strength, too! 4. Read the Bible—be open to God’s Word. Let it convict you to courageously do the hard and holy things. 5. Respect women, even those who don’t respect themselves and may throw themselves at you. Don’t...[more]

Category: Love & Chastity

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