Pro-Life, Married, and Contracepting: Is There a Problem?

In light of the recent Planned Parenthood videos, I've been thinking about a group of pro-life friends who don't fit the Catholic categories.  These are staunchly pro-life Christians who believe sex should be saved for marriage, that marriage is a lifelong, exclusive union between one man and one woman, but who take contraception as the 'default mode' for marital relations, and sterilization as an acceptable way to avoid pregnancy indefinitely.There are variations within that broad … [Read more...]

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Family Honor – Family-Centered Chastity Education – Q&A and Online Course Info

Three follow-ups re: Family Honor:I had some questions about Family Honor that I'd like to answer for anyone else wondering the same thing. I just got an update on the online course in my inbox, which I share below. Here's a round-up of chastity resources I put together for CatholicMom.com.FYI - I'm not an official spokesperson for the group, I'm just a fangirl.  My opinions are purely my own.First question from a reader: Has anyone done this in their home with just their own … [Read more...]

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Around These Parts, Every Week is NFP Awareness Week

So I spent NFP Awareness Week cleaning my house.  Not just ordinary cleaning, but epic, Biblically-proportioned it's as if we're trying to get our life in order cleaning.  Not done yet, but one can only make so many decluttering decisions before it's necessary to run away and ride roller coasters all day, which I also did.  There are scripture verses about this.But fear not, we do NFP all year around here.  Technically the bishops do, too, but probably they try not to think about it more than … [Read more...]

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XY Motherhood: What do Recent IVF Cases in the News Tell Us? – Updated

UPDATE: For a detailed treatment of the question of intersex persons and the possibility of sex change, see Christopher Tollefsen writing at Public Discourse, "Sex Identity."   *** A friend shared two articles about genetically XY women who conceived via IVF.  She wonders what we are to make of such cases.  A few thoughts:1. The real scandal in these particular stories (here and here) is the use of IVF, which is gravely immoral.2. I'm not aware of any particular Church teaching on how t … [Read more...]

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Mercy That Isn’t: More Teachers Being Thrown Under the Bus to Cover for Dissenting Administrators

H/T to Deacon Greg Kandra for pointing out the most recent case of a Catholic school teacher being fired after parents found out about her same-sex civil wedding.  Let me remind you right now that I hold 100% with the teachings of the Catholic faith.  I succeed at following them about 2% of the time, but that's a problem with getting me to behave, not a problem with the ideals themselves.The details reported at Philly.com are sparse, but raise a few flags if you know how to read doublespeak. … [Read more...]

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Will Suffering Make Your Marriage Better or Worse?

Suffering is called "suffering" because it's horrible.  The amount of horror can vary from low-grade misery to unspeakable darkness, and furthermore some types of suffering are harder on a given marriage than others.In addition to objective differences -- a week with a bad cold is less suffering than years of intractable scream-out-loud pain -- each couple is composed of two people with their own strengths, weaknesses, and quirks, as well as their own distinct resources.Thus, for … [Read more...]

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Is Abstinence Hard on a Marriage?

NFP Awareness Week is around the corner, and in certain quarters bloggers are already expressing painful awareness.  The topic is abstinence, lots of abstinence, and just how miserable that can make a pair of persons.  Big question: Do extended periods of abstinence harm a marriage?To a certain extent it's a moot point, and we'll come back to that in several ways. As a recap, here's Church teaching on sex, marriage, and abstinence in a nutshell:Sex is for making babies.  It does other go … [Read more...]

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