The Heart of the Matter? Human Dignity

In Evangelium Vitae, St. Pope John Paul II identified a sinister paradox in contemporary culture. “Precisely in an age when the inviolable rights of the person are solemnly proclaimed and the value of life is publicly affirmed,” he lamented, “the very right to life is being denied or trampled upon, especially at the more significant . . . Read more

St. Pope John Paul II’s Dream

In 1996 St. Pope John Paul II, speaking to a group of teachers of Natural Family Planning (NFP), boldly declared: “The moment has come for every parish and every structure of consultation and assistance to the family and to the defense of life to have personnel available who can teach married couples how to use . . . Read more

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

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 Rejects Paradigm Shift,  Re-Affirms Church Teaching on Inherent Dignity of Marriage    Two Opposing Views of Marriage and Human Sexuality and Their Consequences  “False teachers, many belonging to an intellectual elite in the worlds of science, culture and the media, present . . . Read more

St. John Paul II’s Prophesy for Ireland’s Future

“You will decide what Ireland will be.’” — St. Pope John Paul II In 1979, Pope John Paul II gazed out over a sea of some 300,000 youth at a Mass for the Youth in Galway, Ireland. “When I look at you,” he said, “I see the Ireland of the future. Tomorrow, you will be the . . . Read more

United States Fertility Rate Hits New Low

Population control advocates say ‘Hooray’, but is there reason to celebrate? A sobering new report finds theU.S. fertility rate has hit a 40-year low. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimate that there were about 3.85 million births in 2017, which translates into a total fertility rate (TFR – the number of children a woman . . . Read more