The Teaching of the Prophetic Encyclical Humanae Vitae (Part IV)

By Adolfo J. Castañeda / October 31, 2018 /

Previous articles in this series: Part I: Introduction to Humanae Vitae Part II: The Predictions of Humanae Vitae Part III: The First Prophecy Later articles in this series: Part V: The Third Prophecy Part VI: The Fourth Prophecy Part VII: Modernity’s Challenges to Humanae Vitae Part VIII: The Church’s Right to Teach on Birth Control Part IX: The Church’s…

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The Teaching of the Prophetic Encyclical Humanae Vitae (Part III)

By Adolfo J. Castañeda / October 30, 2018 /

Previous articles in this series: Part I: Introduction to Humanae Vitae Part II: The Predictions of Humanae Vitae Later articles in this series: Part IV: The Second Prophecy Part V: The Third Prophecy Part VI: The Fourth Prophecy Part VII: Modernity’s Challenges to Humanae Vitae Part VIII: The Church’s Right to Teach on Birth Control Part IX: The Church’s…

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Respect Life Month and the “Great Campaign”

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / October 15, 2018 /
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“What is urgently called for is a general mobilization of consciences and a united ethical effort to activate a great campaign in support of life.” — Pope St. John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, ¶95 The release of St. Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Evangelium Vitae in 1995 marked a watershed moment in the history of…

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Keeping Lines of Communication Open with God and Each Other

By Don DeMarco, PhD / September 13, 2018 /

Man as Collaborator “Married people are the free and responsible collaborators with God the Creator in the most serious duty of transmitting human life,” reads the very first sentence of Humanae Vitae.  Explicit mention of God also occurs at least 24 times in the encyclical.  Then Pope Paul VI refers to married couples being “collaborators”…

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There are Setbacks, but the Church Continues… Be Not Afraid

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / September 3, 2018 /
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Mission to Mongolia “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.”  (Mark 16:15) “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:18) These words of the Divine Master are exemplified in the energy,…

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The Teaching of the Prophetic Encyclical Humanae Vitae (Part II)

By Adolfo J. Castañeda / August 1, 2018 /
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Previous article in this series: Part I: Introduction to Humanae Vitae Later articles in this series: Part III: The First Prophecy Part IV: The Second Prophecy Part V: The Third Prophecy Part VI: The Fourth Prophecy Part VII: Modernity’s Challenges to Humanae Vitae Part VIII: The Church’s Right to Teach on Birth Control Part IX: The Church’s Teaching Authority…

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The Heart of the Matter? Human Dignity

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / July 30, 2018 /
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In Evangelium Vitae, Pope St. 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…

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The Teaching of the Prophetic Encyclical Humanae Vitae (Part I)

By Adolfo J. Castañeda / July 27, 2018 /

Humanae Vitae Was No “Invention.” It Repeated Church Teaching. Since the 1960’s Western culture has been in a downward spiral of moral decadence. The contraceptive pill, introduced in the U.S. during that decade, brought about the so-called “sexual revolution.” This revolution brought in turn an unprecedented increase in sexual promiscuity, conjugal infidelity, divorce, abortion, and…

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Pope St. John Paul II’s Dream

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / July 23, 2018 /
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In 1996 Pope St. 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…

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The Challenges of Natural Family Planning Lead to Virtue

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / July 16, 2018 /

“[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…

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