Adultery and the Theology of the Body

By Adolfo J. Castañeda / May 27, 2022 /
The Woman Taken in Adultery by Guercino

The purpose of this article is to show the importance of the theology of the body (TOB) of St. John Paul II in explaining the meaning of adultery and, by implication, the true meaning of marriage. To accomplish this purpose we are going to develop the following subtopics: The failure of the concept of sex…

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Overcoming Infertility–The Catholic Way

By Susan Ciancio / May 13, 2022 /
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One of the most amazing gifts of a marriage is children. The excitement of a new life coming into the world cannot be matched by much. That’s why it’s so difficult, as a faithful people, to witness the sadness of couples who face infertility. With our country’s advances in technology, couples facing infertility have myriad…

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Assisted Reproductive Technologies: A Catholic Perspective

By Susan Ciancio / May 6, 2022 /
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The Catholic Church teaches that in vitro fertilization is immoral because it not only commodifies a person but also eliminates the marital act from that person’s creation. In addition, it can lead to the deaths of tiny preborn children when unwanted embryos are discarded or used for testing. This is a bitter pill to swallow…

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Using the Theology of the Body To Teach Chastity to Young Adult Children

By Adolfo J. Castañeda / April 29, 2022 /
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“The Theology of the Body (TOB) is pretty hard to understand for a lay person. How can I use it to have a conversation about human sexuality and chastity with my son or daughter who is already a young adult?” It is evident that the parent-child relationship takes a turn when the son or daughter…

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Male and Female Sterilization

By HLI Staff / April 22, 2022 /

“Blessed are the wombs that never bore.”   The End of Generation Sterilization is, in one sense, the epitome of anti-life activities, the crowning legacy of people like Margaret Sanger, Marie Stopes, and other eugenicists. This is because it fully achieves the end that those activists hoped for: removal of the generative capacities of human…

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How Rich is the Pro-Life Movement?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / March 23, 2022 /
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The Baseless Propaganda For decades, pro-abortionists have painted pro-lifers as a bunch of cruel, rich old white men intent upon controlling women’s bodies and lives (read or watch The Handmaid’s Tale for their depressing version of reality). Their websites and blogs repeat endlessly what Anne Nicol Gaylor alleged in her bizarre 1975 propaganda book Abortion…

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Responding to Same-Sex Attraction as a Catholic Parent

By Susan Ciancio / March 18, 2022 /
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Navigating our children’s emotional, spiritual, and mental health is a huge part of parenting. It’s a responsibility that most do not take lightly. And when our children hurt in any way, we also hurt. That empathy is part of the immense love that parents have for offspring. When we see our children hurting, we want…

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Using the Theology of the Body to Teach Chastity to Your Teenage Children

By Adolfo J. Castañeda / March 16, 2022 /
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Our world is saturated and infatuated with sex. We see scantily-clad women on billboards and on TV advertisements. We see ads on TV for birth control pills, for IUDs, and for the little blue pill for men. We hear about sex in song lyrics, in jokes on TV, and in the news. It’s no wonder…

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Is AIDS a “Gay” Disease?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / March 9, 2022 /
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“HIV is a gay disease.” This is a myth that refuses to die. Misinformation, fear, ignorance and media sensationalism continue to fuel this myth in America. For every one person like me trying to tell the truth about HIV transmission, there seems to be a dozen shrieking, simpleminded, natural-born dullards with a staggering inability to…

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Does Legalizing Abortion Stop Filthy, Back-Alley Abortions?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / March 4, 2022 /

Why All the Talk about Back-Alley Abortions? Before Roe v. Wade led to the widespread legalization of abortion, pro-abortion activists had a problem. The procedure was viewed with extraordinary negativity, and statistics did not back up their various arguments for legalizing abortion. Recognizing that abortion itself was unpalatable to the public, they resorted to a…

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Ectopic Pregnancy: Dispelling Misinformation

By Susan Ciancio | August 12, 2022 |

Since the reversal of Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood, we have seen anger. We have seen violence. And we have seen the dispersal of all kinds of misinformation—most of it aimed at increasing rage and stirring up indignation. One of the pieces of misinformation spreading rapidly pertains to ectopic (literally, “out of…

Does Planned Parenthood Offer Prenatal Care?

By Emily Capps | August 5, 2022 |

How Many Planned Parenthood Clinics Offer Prenatal Care? Planned Parenthood’s website claims, “Only a small number of Planned Parenthood health centers offer the full range of prenatal care services,” though they do offer referrals. The truth is: Planned Parenthood rarely offers prenatal services—and certainly not a “full range” of them. A select few Planned Parenthood…

The Theology of the Body and the Spiritual Life

By Adolfo J. Castañeda | July 29, 2022 |

In this article we are going to approach the topic of the important role the body plays in our spiritual life. To accomplish this goal, we will treat the following topics: The sacramental life as a foundation for the role of the body in the life of prayer The liturgy of the Church as a…

Your Partner Wants You to Abort? You Have Other Options.

By Susan Ciancio | July 22, 2022 |

With the reversal of Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood, we have been hearing the phrase “my body, my choice” much more loudly and much more frequently. I agree that a woman should have autonomy over her body. But, you see, when she’s pregnant with a baby—no matter which stage that baby is…

Abortion’s Twisted Relationship with Sexual Abuse

By William Lawyer | July 16, 2022 |

When it comes to helping victims of sexual abuse, abortion advocates present abortion as the only logical choice. They say it helps victims of rape, relieving their trauma and keeping them safe; some even go so far as to say that carrying the child would repeat the trauma the woman has already endured. Even some…

Are Condoms the Solution to STDs?

By Jenna McGuire | July 8, 2022 |

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that STIs are at all-time highs in recent years. For example, in 2009, about 25% of teenage girls had an STI, comprising almost 40% of those with “sexual experience.”1 A decade later in 2019, estimates were about the same.2 Total STI rates have reached record levels and are continuing…

How Effective Are Condoms Against Pregnancy?

By HLI Staff | July 1, 2022 |

The use of condoms is considered normal, almost compulsory, for many people engaging in sex today, whether married or unmarried. Of course, pro-lifers and Catholics oppose this unnatural device on the moral level. It not only disrupts the mechanism of transmitting human life in the most direct way possible; it also encourages promiscuity with false promises of…

The Five Goods of the Conjugal Act

By Adolfo J. Castañeda | June 24, 2022 |

The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that the conjugal act has four goods: “The goods of conjugal love, which for those who are baptized is sanctified by the sacrament of Matrimony, are unity, fidelity, indissolubility, and an openness to the procreation of life” (no. 495). However, if we consider the sign…

The Eugenic Mind of Harry Laughlin

By Susan Ciancio | June 17, 2022 |

The sum total of human freedom and human happiness will be greatly promoted, in the long run, by eugenical processes which call for the elimination of degenerate and handicapped strains, from the racial stocks, and the increase of numbers of citizens highly endowed by nature with splendid mental, physical, and moral qualities. The state, then,…

The Effects of Abortion Laws: Myths and Facts

By William Lawyer | June 3, 2022 |

With Roe v. Wade overturned, pro-lifers have an exciting opportunity to increase protections for the preborn in their state. Now more than ever it is important to know which laws work, and which don’t. So, what do common pro-life and pro-choice policies truly do, and what policies can you fight for to make your state…