Humanae Vitae was prophetic…and right!

Is the Church going to “revisit” its teachings against artificial contraception? That’s what Melinda Gates – wife of Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates – hopes. In a recent interview with the BBC, Gates said she is “optimistic” that Pope Francis and the Vatican might do just that. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is . . . Read more

Should We Avoid Offending People Over Contraception?

Years ago, I had the privilege of accompanying Human Life International’s founder, Father Paul Marx, on several of his parish weekends.  His homilies usually covered the complete range of Church teaching on sexuality, from contraception to abortion to homosexuality.  Several times after these Masses, I witnessed irate parishioners publicly berate him, telling him that he . . . Read more

The Birth Control Pill as Therapy

The moral doctrine of the Church judges human behavior, but is silent on chemical compounds.  Most people do not know that it is permissible for Catholic women to use the birth control pill under carefully defined conditions when the intent is not to impair their fertility. Sometimes a young woman will take the Pill for . . . Read more

The Birth Control Pill: Unintended Consequences

One of the most prominent features of the Culture of Death is its short-sightedness.  It puts grand plans into action and makes sweeping promises about how many lives will be saved or improved by its initiatives.  And then its architects are invariably shocked and surprised when a galaxy of negative unintended consequences quickly emerge, usually . . . Read more

What does the Catholic Church Teach about Sterilization?

Some people refer to sexual sterilization as “Catholic birth control.”  This erroneous term, and the misguided assertions of a number of well‑known dissenters, has led to significant confusion regarding the Catholic Church’s teaching on sterilization. Because it separates the marital act from the transmission of human life, sterilization is condemned on the same grounds as . . . Read more

The Conception Conundrum

There is much confusion and disagreement today about when human life actually begins.  The official and public face of the medical profession insists that life begins at implantation — yet every embryology and fetology textbook in use today states that it begins at the instant of fusion between sperm and egg.  For example, Essentials of . . . Read more