Church teaching

Can Catholics Apply the Principle of Probabilism to Abortion Decisions?

Some baptized Catholics who support abortion use a distorted understanding of Church teaching on the “primacy” of conscience to support their views. They also frequently misrepresent theological principles regarding Catholic sexual ethics.  One of the most common abuses involves probabilism, which simply means that if a definitive judgment has not [...]

By |2019-12-12T11:40:21-05:00September 7th, 2018|Categories: Abortion, The Church on Abortion|Tags: , , , |
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What is the Role of Conscience in Moral Decision-Making?

The Modern Misunderstanding of Conscience A fundamental misunderstanding of the role of the human conscience lies at the root of many of the problems in the Catholic Church today.  Very few Catholics even know what that role actually is.  When pressed, many will say, “If my conscience tells me that [...]

By |2019-10-23T13:20:29-05:00September 4th, 2018|Categories: Abortion, The Church on Abortion|Tags: , , |
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Has the Catholic Church Always Condemned Abortion?

Almost everyone knows that the Catholic Church opposes abortion.  However, few are aware of the long and rich history of the Church’s reverence and respect for human life, and fewer still can explain exactly why the Church cannot change her teachings on abortion. This article will address a number of [...]

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Why Should Celibate Priests Speak about Abortion?

When the battle over abortion began in earnest nearly half a century ago, pro-abortion strategists correctly identified their number one enemy as the Roman Catholic Church.  They were fully aware that, if a large number of priests began to speak forcefully and knowledgably against abortion, the Church would quickly become [...]

By |2020-01-17T14:20:52-05:00August 28th, 2018|Categories: Abortion, The Church on Abortion|Tags: , , |
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The Teaching of the Prophetic Encyclical Humanae Vitae II

The Predictions of Humanae Vitae We begin our exposition of Humanae Vitae (HV) with section no. 17. In this part of the document, Pope Paul VI lays out four predictions as to what would happen in society if teaching against contraception went unheeded. Let us remember that this teaching is [...]

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Parents and Medical Decisions – Fight the Revolution

Technical and scientific discoveries and innovations are happening at a tremendous rate. Social attitudes and morality have also undergone huge shifts in just the past two generations. Try this mental exercise. Imagine virtually any community in the 1950s and then fast-forward to the present. Almost nothing will have remained untouched. [...]

By |2019-12-13T19:51:13-05:00July 19th, 2018|Categories: Marriage & Family, Parental Rights|Tags: , , |
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True Unity of a Human Person Defies All “Gender” Ideology

The Many Dangers of "Gender" Ideology "Gender" ideology is sweeping across Western societies with relentless, hostile force. It is invading educational and health institutions beginning in the early life of students. And its ideologues are using the law to deny parental rights. Therefore, it is important to clarify and challenge [...]

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What is Historical Church Teaching on Contraception?

"Contraception cannot be an expression of total self‑giving, because in contraception, something is done to oneself to destroy the power to conceive a child.  That same selfishness that wants to prevent the child by contraception will grow until it wants to kill the child already conceived.  We must fight selfishness [...]

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Can We Use Our Consciences on Contraception?

Surveys in many countries consistently show that most Catholics believe that decisions of conscience about contraception rightfully belong with those who must bear and rear children.  The legitimacy of teaching requires that it be embraced by the faithful. Your teaching has no such legitimacy.  It is a marginalized minority view [...]

The Cardinal is Right about Education

There can be no peace between Truth and error. Like most of HLI’s pro-life missionaries, I have experienced backlash even at our own events from those who disagree with Church teaching on contraception, abortion, marriage, homosexuality, conscience and euthanasia. Typically, they are simply ignorant of the issues due to poor [...]

By |2019-11-16T17:54:23-05:00June 17th, 2017|Categories: News and Commentary, Spirit & Life Newsletter|Tags: , |