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What is the Principle of ‘Double Effect’?

The very rare cases when a pregnancy poses a genuine and immediate threat to the mother's life are a source of great confusion, especially among Catholics. It is absolutely true that the Catholic Church bans direct abortion in all cases.  However, the mother's life may be saved by surgery that [...]

By |2019-12-05T20:52:39-05:00May 24th, 2017|Categories: Abortion, The Church on Abortion|Tags: , , , |
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Should We Avoid Offending People Over Contraception?

A Personal Story 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 [...]

By |2020-01-18T18:03:21-05:00May 14th, 2017|Categories: Contraception, The Church on Contraception|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

Should Serodiscordant Couples be Permitted to Use Condoms?

There are times when priests, ministers and pro-life activists encounter what might be called the “ultimate hard case” involving condoms.  This is the situation where a husband and wife are serodiscordant; one is HIV positive and the other is not.  The question inevitably arises as to whether or not they [...]

Should Catholic Hospitals Use the Morning-After Pill for Rape Victims?

What is Emergency Contraception? Even with all of the different contraceptives and abortifacients on the market today, women forget to use their birth control, think their birth control method might have failed, or were coerced into sex. Many of these women resort to “emergency contraception,” a term that covers several [...]

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What does the Catholic Church Teach about Sterilization?

Some people refer to sexual sterilization as "Catholic birth control."  This erroneous term, along with 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 [...]

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Is Contraception Sinful in Ignorance of Church Teaching?

There is a very high level of confusion among Catholics regarding the abortifacient action of various forms of birth control.  Unfortunately, this uncertainty is actively promoted by the very profession that should be trying to clarify health issues to the public. Misinformation Regarding Contraception The modern medical profession acknowledged for [...]

By |2020-01-10T12:04:49-05:00April 19th, 2017|Categories: Contraception, The Church on Contraception|Tags: , |
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The Strange World of Margaret Sanger’s Birth Control Review: Part II

Read the first part of this article here. Origins of the Pro-Abortion Slogans Most of us have heard all of the tired old pro-abortion slogans many times. When we hear people start to chant them again, we usually roll our eyes and think “I’d sure give a lot to hear [...]

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Abortifacient Brief: The RU-486 Abortion Pill

At one time, the lives of preborn children were valuable to researchers for the pharmaceutical corporations.  The scientists worked hard to avoid injuring them as they developed new drugs.  But times have radically changed.  Big Pharma now spends millions of dollars annually developing drugs and devices that deliberately kill the [...]

By |2020-01-18T19:17:02-05:00April 12th, 2017|Categories: Abortion|Tags: , , , , |

Is Church Teaching on Contraception Infallible?

What Does "Infallible" Mean? There are two primary means by which the Church may declare a teaching infallible: The first and most definitive statement of infallibility is the Pope's solemn declaration ex cathedra that a matter of faith or morals must be assented to in order for a Catholic to [...]