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VIDEO: Father John Baptist KU teaching on Humanae Vitae (Two Parts)

Fr. John Baptist Ku, O.P., a Dominican Friar of the Eastern Province, USA, speaks about Humanae Vitae and approaches to preaching this encyclical in parish settings. Fr. Ku is a doctoral candidate in Theology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. From a talk given at the Dominican House of Studies http://dhspriory.org, D.C. on June 18, 2007.

Total Video Length (Both Parts): 19:52

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“I’m Catholic, but I think birth control is fine.” (Not what you think)

by Anthony Baratta March 7, 2013
Last week a friend asked me about Catholic teaching about birth control. A Catholic had told him, “The pope doesn’t play the game so he doesn’t get to make the rules.” A new poll is out showing that (at least) 7/10 Catholics agree.
If I wanted to agree with only some of the Church’s teaching, I could have stayed in Protestant seminary and coasted as an evangelical, admiring some Catholic things while questioning the dogmas I didn’t get. Catholics believe Jesus gave the apostles the authority to define dogma for the Church and it... Read More

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Population control ideology stands in stark contrast to the reality of a withering Russia

February 14th, 2014 By Anne Morse
This article was first published February 6, 2014 at pop.org.
Reports of terrorist threats, human rights abuses, and general economic incompetency have already marred the opening of the 2014 winter Olympics. These failings in Russia represent the face of the greatest myth propagated this past half-century: that low-fertility creates a successful society.
Winter Games in a Wintering Nation Population Control Russian fertility Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 Abortion alcohol vodka "Russian life expectancy"
Population controllers lure countries into population control programs with the promise of nice things; they promise democracy, economic prosperity, and increased longevity... Read More

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Kansas Man Charged with Murder for Lacing Girlfriend’s Pancake with Abortion Drug

February 27, 2014 By Operation Rescue 7 Comments
By Cheryl Sullenger
WaKenney, Kansas – The Kansas Attorney General’s office has charged Scott Robert Bolling, 30, of first degree murder and three other counts after he laced his pregnant girlfriend’s pancake with a crushed abortion drug.
The drug caused the death of Naomi Abbott’s 8-10-week old pre-born baby.
Bolling was arrested last Thursday by WaKenney Police and was initially held in Ellis County Jail. Trego County Sheriff’s Deputies transferred Bolling to Trego County where he has posted a $500,000 bond and was apparently released last evening.
A preliminary hearing date has... Read More

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Dear pro-lifer: Is there any way to prove that contraception is wrong?

by Peter Baklinski February 21, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Dear pro-lifer: My friend asked if it is okay to use contraception. A girl responded by saying ‘no’ because it's the same as killing, the same as abortion. A guy came in the conversation saying that we could use it because there's nothing living in there yet.
My question is this: Is there any way to prove that contraception is wrong? I know it's wrong, but I also want to be able to prove it.
Let's begin by making a few things clear. Contraception artificially blocks the life-creating potential of the sexual... Read More

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All Natural

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No Babies, No Future - Japan, and Eventually, Us

By: Eric Metaxas - Published: February 11, 2013 7:00 AM
What happens when there aren’t enough young people to take care of all the old people? The answer’s kind of scary. Stay tuned to BreakPoint.
Taro Aso, Japan’s finance minister, has only been on the job for a month but he’s already stirred up enough controversy to last a lifetime.
In January, he made headlines around the world when he told a panel on social security reforms that the elderly should be permitted to “hurry up and die.” That is the kind of comment that both causes great offense and... Read More

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Janet Smith on Contraception

Contraception: Why Not?

Janet Smith explains why the Catholic Church keeps insisting, in the face of the opposite position held by most of the rest of the modern world, that contraception is one of the worst inventions of our time.
My topic for tonight is the Church's teaching on contraception and various sexual issues. As you know, we live in a culture that thinks that contraception is one of the greatest inventions in the history of mankind. If you were to ask people if they wanted to give up their car or their computer or their contraceptive, it would be a hard choice... Read More

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Humanae Vitae: A Challenge to Love

by Janet E. Smith, PhD
I. Introduction
The amount of hostility directed at Humanae Vitae has been so great that most people are astonished when they first learn that contraception has not been a hotly debated issue since the very beginnings of the Church. All Christian churches were united in their opposition to contraception until as recently as the early decades of this century. It was not until 1930 that the Anglican Church went on record as saying that contraception was permissible, for grave reasons, within marriage. It was also at this time, however, that Pope Pius XI issued the... Read More

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Artificial vs. Natural?

It is good news that Catholic textbooks and Catholic marriage preparation manuals are beginning to do more than formulaically state that the Church condemns contraception - and then state that couples are permitted to do what their consciences dictate. In doing so, these books did more to deter Catholics from following Church teaching than winning them over to Church teaching. Space is now given to explaining, rather than just reciting, the Church's teaching and the "conscience clause" has disappeared. (There is now a more honest understanding that "following one's conscience means a conscience formed by Church teaching.")
It is encouraging... Read More

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Resistance to Humanae Vitae & The fruit of Paul VI’s prophetic voice about the impact of contraception

The Year of the Peirasmòs - 1968

Cardinal James Francis Stafford
“Lead us not into temptation” is the sixth petition of the Our Father. Peirasmòs, the Greek word used in this passage for ‘temptation.’, means a trial or test. Disciples petition God to be protected against the supreme test of ungodly powers. The trial is related to Jesus’s cup in Gethsemane, the same cup which his disciples would also taste (Mk 10: 35-45). The dark side of the interior of the cup is an abyss. It reveals the awful consequences of God’s judgment upon sinful humanity. In August, 1968, the weight of the evangelical Peirasmòs fell on... Read More

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The Pope vs. the Pill

By JOHN L. ALLEN Jr. Published: July 27, 2008
FORTY years ago last week, Pope Paul VI provoked the greatest uproar against a papal edict in the long history of the Roman Catholic Church when he reiterated the church’s ban on artificial birth control by issuing the encyclical “Humanae Vitae.” At the time, commentators predicted that not only would the teaching collapse under its own weight, but it might well bring the “monarchical papacy” down with it.
Those forecasts badly underestimated the capacity of the Catholic Church to resist change and to stand its ground.
Down the centuries, Catholics have... Read More

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The Contraceptive Mentality

by Donald DeMarco, PhD
A "mentality" exists in a society when enough people react automatically to a situation without thinking of the long-range consequences. "Mentality" describes a pervasive—almost Pavlovian —mindset that is awake to the immediate benefit but asleep to the distant repercussion. An "inflation mentality," for example, occurs when people, thinking of their own immediate needs, demand higher and higher wages in order to keep pace with inflation, but in so doing, ensure the perpetuation of the very inflation they seek to offset.
A "mentality" is very difficult to correct because it is insulated by unconscious assumptions and preserved... Read More

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The Prayer of Lady Macbeth: How the Contraceptive Mentality has Neutered Religious Life

by Fr. Paul Mankowski
"Unsex me here!" Lady Macbeth's prayer, significantly, was made to the gods of death — "you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts" — and we remember with a shudder how completely and vividly her plea was answered. She was, largely though not entirely, a contrivance of fiction, and yet Shakespeare's powerful and gruesome anti-heroine was a forerunner of a species of Christian for whom the conjunction of prayer, personal resolve, and the negation of life produced a radically new thing, a third order of sexuality — a way of being human that is neither authentically male... Read More

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How Birth Control Changed America for the Worst

Kathryn Lopez - February 4, 2009
Amanda, age 30 – I've changed her name and those of other women I interviewed for this story in order to protect their privacy – is a daughter of the sexual revolution. Her mother taught her that "sex was free, and successful motherhood could be accomplished through good intentions," she says. Sexual freedom and successful motherhood, Amanda learned, meant one thing: birth control. The message she received, she says, not only from her mother but from her teachers, her friends, and the entire culture around her was, "Sex means fun, and the consequences of... Read More

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The Vindication of Humanae Vitae

Mary Eberstadt
That Humanae Vitae and related Catholic teachings about sexual morality are laughingstocks in all the best places is not exactly news. Even in the benighted precincts of believers, where information from the outside world is known to travel exceedingly slowly, everybody grasps that this is one doctrine the world loves to hate. During Benedict XVI's April visit to the United States, hardly a story in the secular press failed to mention the teachings of Humanae Vitae, usually alongside adjectives like “divisive” and “controversial” and “outdated.” In fact, if there's anything on earth that unites the Church's adversaries—all of... Read More

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Humanae Vitae Resources

Basic Resource: Humanae Vitae


Basic Information from Wikipedia.org:

Humanae Vitae (Latin "Of Human Life") is an encyclical written by Pope Paul VI and promulgated on July 25, 1968. Subtitled "On the Regulation of Birth", it re-affirms the traditional teaching of the Roman Catholic Church regarding abortion, contraception, and other issues pertaining to human life.

Mainly because of its prohibition of all forms of artificial contraception, the encyclical has been controversial. The document is sometimes described as prophetic by those who believe that its four predictions about the effects of contraception on society were accurate. Pope Paul VI did not issue any additional encyclicals in the remaining ten years of his pontificate. In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI called this topic "so controversial, yet so crucial for humanity's future." Humanae Vitae became "a sign of contradiction but also of continuity of the Church's doctrine and tradition... What was true yesterday is true also today."

Complete article from Wikipedia.org: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanae_Vitae

Actual Text of the encyclical from Papal Encyclicals Online http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Paul06/p6humana.htm

Hat Tip: Charlie

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Humanae Vitae House

A very good Catholic British site

Humanae Vitae Priests

Lots of good articles

Hat Tip: Phil

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Relevant Excerpts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church


The regulation of births represents one of the aspects of responsible fatherhood and motherhood. Legitimate intentions on the part of the spouses do not justify recourse to morally unacceptable means (for example, direct sterilization or contraception).


Periodic continence, that is, the methods of birth regulation based on self-observation and the use of infertile periods, is in conformity with the objective criteria of morality. These methods respect the bodies of the spouses, encourage tenderness between them, and favor the education of an authentic freedom. In contrast, "every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible" is intrinsically evil:

Thus the innate language that expresses the total reciprocal self-giving of husband and wife is overlaid, through contraception, by an objectively contradictory language, namely, that of not giving oneself totally to the other. This leads not only to a positive refusal to be open to life but also to a falsification of the inner truth of conjugal love, which is called upon to give itself in personal totality. . . . The difference, both anthropological and moral, between contraception and recourse to the rhythm of the cycle . . . involves in the final analysis two irreconcilable concepts of the human person and of human sexuality.

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Relevant Quotations

How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers.
Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta

The next great heresy is going to be simply an attack on morality, and especially on sexual morality. And the madness of tomorrow will come not from Moscow but from Manhattan.
G. K. Chesterton

Chastity does not mean abstention from sexual wrong; it means something flaming, like Joan of Arc.
G.K. Chesterton

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