The Challenges of Natural Family Planning Lead to Virtue

“[U]sing the natural [family planning] methods requires and strengthens the harmony of the married couple, it helps and confirms the rediscovery of the marvelous gift of parenthood, it involves respect for nature and demands the responsibility of the individuals. According to many authoritative opinions, they also foster more completely that human ecology which is the . . . Read more

Marriage – An Apostolic Endeavor

Accompaniment If marriage’s call to holiness is an apostolic endeavor for each spouse to make the faith more alive to the other, then each partner is called to discover God through both ups and down, and difficult patches of their relationship as well as the easy. In other words, husband and wife seek God through each . . . Read more

The Priest is Irreplaceable in Preaching the Gospel of Life

Perhaps no other encyclical in the history of the Church has received so much ridicule and caused such controversy as Humanae Vitae. Even today, 50 years later, it still evokes heated discussions and debates, often from people (including some priests) who have never read the document. Yet when encouraged to read the encyclical, one quickly . . . Read more

The Fourth Prophesy of “Humanae Vitae:” When Self-Mastery is Rejected

Note: Father Boquet’s series in all parts may be accessed here. “Birth Control is a name given to a succession of different expedients by which it is possible to filch the pleasure belonging to a natural process while violently and unnaturally thwarting the process itself.” — G.K. Chesterton “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether . . . Read more

The Third Prophesy of “Humanae Vitae:” The Collapse of Respectful Relationships

Note: Father Boquet’s series in all parts may be accessed here. Ruining Respectful Relationships Between the Sexes  “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the Church… Even so husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no man ever hates his own flesh, but nourishes and . . . Read more

The Second Prophesy of Humanae Vitae: A “General Lowering of Moral Standards”

Note: Father Boquet’s series in all parts may be accessed here. “Contraception Leads to Falsification, Deception…” Released in 1968, at the height of the hippie revolution with its optimistic doctrines of “free love” and emancipation from tradition and authority, Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae was widely dismissed as the proverbial killjoy at the greatest . . . Read more

Humanae Vitae’s First Prophesy – The Beauty of Marriage

Note: Father Boquet’s series in all parts may be accessed here. Pope Paul VI Re-Affirms Church Teaching on Inherent Dignity of Marriage   “False teachers, many belonging to an intellectual elite in the worlds of science, culture and the media, present an anti-gospel…When you ask them, “What must I do?” their only certainty is that there is . . . Read more

Humanae Vitae: Countering Sexual Revolution’s Harm

The Truth About Love and Sexuality It is said that Saint Paul VI was so heartbroken by the outpouring of dissent to Humanae Vitae, he couldn’t bear to write another encyclical in the final decade of his pontificate. Certainly, one can feel the pope’s anguish in this homily, given just months before he died – already . . . Read more

Parents and the First Commandment: Educate Your Children

Empower Parents There is a profound relationship between the First Commandment of the Law of God and the divine vocation of parents to be the first and foremost educators of their children. Deuteronomy 6:4-7 says empower parents (emphasis added): Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord, and you shall love the Lord . . . Read more

Fatima and the ‘Final Battle’ over Marriage

Cardinal Carlo Caffarra – who died just a few weeks ago – revealed in 2008 that shortly after Pope John Paul II charged him with founding the Pontifical Institute for the Studies on Marriage and the Family he had written to Fatima visionary, Sr. Lucia, asking for her prayers. To his surprise, a few days . . . Read more