Promoting NFP Just Means Catholics Don’t Believe in Being Stupid–Period.

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<Sigh>The author of this piece  (arguing against universal NFP training in marriage prep) is responding to a piece I wrote last year for NFP Awareness Week.   And, although I know he is completely well-meaning,  he completely missed the point.To say that couples should NOT be required to learn NFP--as the author of this article does-- is, in my mind, the equivalent of saying, "As Catholics, we think it is good and noble for people to be completely ignorant of how the female body ac … [Read more...]

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Dr. Strangelove (OR) How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Natural Family Planning. (Part III in a Series)

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This is the third post in my series titled, The Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Burden of Natural Family Planning which attempts to propose some practical and sensitive avenues for addressing the struggles many couples have with NFP.  Click the links for Part One and Part Two.It isn't unusual in NFP circles to run into faithful, devout, well-intentioned people who use NFP but live in a constant state of fear about it.  Sometimes they are concerned about the method for health reasons (e … [Read more...]

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Don’t Think NFP is Effective? Advertisers KNOW It Is–”Bio-Marketing” Can Remotely Monitor Fertility Data to Increase Sales

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This blew my mind--and not in a good way."In the creepy brave new world of marketing, a woman who logs onto Facebook during her fertile phase can expect to be barraged by ads for new consumer products that are absent on non-fertile days. It is not happening yet, but it is technically possible and it is hard to see who has the power to stop it."Aldous Huxley?  Meet Don Draper.Dr. Nigel Barber, an evolutionary psychologist who writes at Psychology Today describes new research that s … [Read more...]

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CNN (!?!) Loves NFP

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This article isn't perfect, but the fact that its as good as it is and in CNN is a minor miracle.  Nice to see the world is catching up with those of us who've been in the know since Humanae Vitae.  Now if we could just get the Church to capitalize on this to start promoting our resources.... FAM is frequently referred to as the rhythm method -- a system in which women predict their likely fertile days based on the lengths of their cycles. However, FAM advocates say there is a clear d … [Read more...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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

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...]

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