The Real Problem with NFP–A Continuing Conversation..

If you enjoyed my post from yesterday, "There's No Such Thing as NFP"  you'll appreciate today's post from Dr. Pia De Solenni's post that builds on some of the themes I raised.  Here's a taste...For quite some time, I’ve been making the case that NFP is pedagogical....NFP, when a couple learns it together, provides a much needed basis for learning how to communicate about vulnerable and deeply private/sensitive topics. What happens in some cases, unfortunately, is that the wife learns and imp … [Read more...]

There is No Such Thing as Natural Family Planning

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The USCCB has proclaimed July 20-26 National NFP Awareness Week.  This is one of a series of posts I'll be doing to increase awareness of the Catholic vision of love.At the Theology of the Body Congress last week, I participated in a panel discussion on Natural Family Planning.  I began my comments by asserting, to the surprise of the audience, that the most important thing to remember in discussions about NFP is that there is really no such thing as "NFP."<insert sound of record s … [Read more...]

Ad Contra Providentialists–Natural Family Planning Awareness Week

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It's NFP Awareness Week according to the USCCB and several Patheos bloggers are taking a look at the topic.  Simcha is doing a massive give-away contest over at her place.  Tom McDonald has a solid post on the havoc the Pill is wreaking on the environment.Others are taking notice as well.   It is strange to me that with so few people actually practicing it (about 2% of Catholics) NFP Catholics still come under fire from far right providentialists who believe that it is morally suspect to at … [Read more...]

Speaking of NFP, The Atlantic Discovers Something Faithful Catholics Have Known All Along

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There was a terrific article in The Atlantic last week on the growing awareness and promotion of Natural Family Planning by secular medical professionals (who prefer to refer to it as Fertility Awareness Based Methods--FABM).  Really good piece. ...surveys  conducted by physicians at the University of Utah show that when natural fertility-awareness methods are described to women, 25 percent say they would strongly consider using one as their means of birth control. But thanks to its glaring i … [Read more...]

Real Catholic Love and Sex Takes on the Ultra-Traditionalists on NFP So I Don’t Have To

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Really good piece over at Real Catholic Love and Sex on the struggle of ultra-traditionalists to accept Natural Family Planning.   Here's a taste.Ultra-traditionalist Catholics don’t get a pass on this any more than “Catholics for Choice”. “More Catholic than the Pope” is simply another form of protest and yet another way of being “Protestant”.Taking a closer look at the critiques, those who think promotion of NFP is a deviation from “traditional” Catholic teaching have often misunderstoo … [Read more...]

So, Natural Family Planning is Based on SCIENCE!?! OMG!

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Frank Weathers points us to the website RealClearScience in which a science-geek is shocked to discover that the Church's retrograde, woman-hating, dogmatic, and theocratic attitudes on contraception are actually...(wait for it) SCIENTIFIC!    And what's more, NFP actually....WORKS WELL!?!(Pause to allow for recovery from fainting spell)I'm picking on the guy a little because he still can't manage to hide his knee-jerk anti-Catholicism, but at least he had the decency to investigate his b … [Read more...]

Natural Family Planning and the Dignity of Women

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(Here's an advanced look at my next Family Foundations column).The dignity of women is under assault like never before.  Thanks to the internet, pornography is more accessible than ever.  Young women, especially, are buying wholesale into the porn culture.  It's become so pervasive that, surprisingly, many secular publications have recently been complaining about the negative effect pornography has had on relationships from a man's perspective.  Men are beginning to report feeling put-off, in … [Read more...]

Manning Up Through NFP

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Here's a sneak peak at an article I have in the upcoming edition of Family Foundations magazine.  What?  You don't subscribe?  Well, there's a simple fix to that problem! Regardless,  check it out. Manning Up Through NFP.  Dr. Greg Popcak  We hear a lot about the benefits of NFP and there are many.  But it's also true that NFP requires a great deal of sacrifice and struggle that is neither fun nor easy.  Worth it? Sure.  Fun?  Not really.That said, I think that NFP helps a man b … [Read more...]


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