The Battle over Contraception in the Pro-Life Movement


In poking around the website of the National Association of Evangelicals looking for a statement of beliefs for another post, I stumbled upon a booklet and video they had posted regarding abortion. In addition to embracing waiting periods and parental consent laws, the video also embraces contraception as a means of reducing the number of abortions that take place, even if that means young unmarried evangelicals using contraception. I was momentarily taken completely aback, but then I remembered … [Read more...]

Okay Then, Let’s Talk about Natural Family Planning


A number of the Catholics who commented on my pro-life movement article pointed me to Natural Family Planning as the solution for everyone who has sex and doesn't want to get pregnant. As one commenter said: Natural Family Planning, when done correctly, is more effective that ANY form of artifical contraception. It is a fairly simple method but it does take a little time and effort. There must also be a willingness to abstain for a period of time during the woman’s cycle. This time of abstinence … [Read more...]

Purity Rings: Kacy’s Story


A guest post by Kacy of The Ex-Convert“Come pick out your rings for the True Love Waits ceremony,” said my mom, holding a James Avery catalog.I was 17, and the ring ceremony would be held at my church in a few weeks.  I wasn’t particularly looking forward to the ceremony.   Although I actively participated in my school’s theater program, I always felt awkward and embarrassed in front of my church congregation when it came to religious proclamations.  My cheeks would become rosy when ask … [Read more...]

More on the Catholic Bishops…and the Girl Scouts?

I've written in the last few months about both the Catholic Bishops and the Girl Scouts, but I really didn't think I'd see them in the same story like this. Long a lightning rod for conservative criticism, the Girl Scouts of the USA are now facing their highest-level challenge yet: An official inquiry by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. At issue are concerns about program materials that some Catholics find offensive, as well as assertions that the Scouts associate with other groups … [Read more...]

The Catholic Church, Social Justice, and Disillusionment

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When I became Catholic some years ago, one of the things I admired about the Catholic Church was its commitment to social justice. I liked the emphasis on fighting poverty, increasing health care access, and helping those in need. Growing up as an evangelical in the Christian Right, our focus had always been more on banning abortion and keeping gay marriage illegal than on any of these social justice issues. And, when social justice issues did come up, we were all for shrinking the government … [Read more...]

Can you lose your salvation?

Several commenters on recent posts have brought this topic up, so I though I'd address it. What you're going to get here is the short and dirty version, and it's also not completely comprehensive. You have to remember that theologians have spend almost two thousand years arguing about this and that Christianity is currently so splintered that there is almost nothing all Christians agree on.Catholics say yesTo be saved, one must be in "a state of grace." God gives his followers grace through … [Read more...]

The Duggars, Rick Santorum, and a Religious Realignment

The Duggars have been campaigning for Rick Santorum, endorsing him wholeheartedly. The evangelicals of the Christian Right have embraced Santorum, and he is now their candidate of choice. There's just one thing that's odd about this picture. Santorum is Catholic.Just over fifty years ago, when John F. Kennedy was running for president, he had to convince evangelicals and Protestants in general that he was not going to let his Catholic religious affiliation influence his politics. In fact, he … [Read more...]