Don’t Be Fooled!

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / October 22, 2015 /
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Sadly and scandalously, some Church leaders – for what some mistakenly call “pastoral reasons” – are basically calling for a return to “situation ethics,” a form of relativism that has been thoroughly debunked in Catholic moral theology. According to situation ethics, the situation determines the morality or an action, as opposed to bringing objective moral…

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Declaring Planned Parenthood an Enemy of the Church

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / September 19, 2014 /

Millions of Catholics, and many millions more who admire her teaching and social outreach, still think that Planned Parenthood, the most corrupt of organizations, is basically focused on women’s health, and only has slight disagreements with the Church. What separates Planned Parenthood and the Church isn’t a matter of mere disagreement, as if Cecile Richards…

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Contraception: The Gateway to Moral Decay

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / June 6, 2014 /

Based on the findings of a recent Gallup poll released on May 30, Americans are becoming more accepting of a number of controversial issues. At the top of Gallup’s list of 19 issues was contraception, of which 90% of Americans approve, followed by divorce at 69% and premarital sex at 66%. Others making the top…

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Paul VI Spoke the Truth About Contraception and Marriage

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / May 23, 2014 /
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On May 10 the Vatican announced that Pope Francis will beatify his predecessor, Pope Paul VI, this October at the conclusion of the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family. The miracle that the Medical Commission of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved for Pope Paul has to…

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An Introduction to Church Teaching on Contraception

By HLI Staff / January 20, 2014 /
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This resource is available as an eight-page booklet that can be ordered from our online store. Order copies here. Most Catholics reject the teaching of the Catholic Church on contraception not because they’ve carefully considered it, but because they’ve never had to do so. When someone hears that the Catholic Church has a teaching about…

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Humanae Vitae Explained

By Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro / July 25, 2013 /

In this 2001 presentation, Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro-Carambula, executive director of HLI’s Rome office, explains that the Church has always taught that contraception is a sin. Some claims arose starting in the early 1960s that this teaching was in question, but this has never been the case. The climate of the times within the Church and…

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The Gospel of Life Today

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / December 14, 2012 /
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As we near the end of this series on how we, as people of true Christian hope, must have the courage to look honestly at the culture of death around us, and to do so with an eye toward uniting in charity and truth, let’s keep in mind that this is an ongoing process. Like our…

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Dissent Against Humanae Vitae Lacks Charity and Truth

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / November 30, 2012 /
Humanae Vitae of Pope Paul VI

Today we continue our reflections on how as people of true Christian hope we must have the courage to look honestly at the root of the corruption that we see around us and try to understand it so that we may respond accordingly. We must unite in charity and in truth, rather than in niceness…

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Uniting in Truth: The Teachings of Humanae Vitae

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / November 26, 2012 /
Humanae Vitae of Pope Paul VI

I have written in previous weeks about the importance of living our lives with authentic hope — hope that is focused on our true end with Christ, and which thus transforms our outlook and helps us see beyond the wreckage that is modern culture, even as we work within it. With our hope properly placed,…

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Skipping Gendercide, Parents in India Turn Girls into “Boys”

By Brian Clowes, PhD / July 1, 2011 /
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Since sex-selection abortions are being strongly discouraged by the Indian government, some parents are flocking to the city of Indore to have their baby girls, most under the age of three, surgically mutilated to look like “boys.” According to news reports out of India, “[H]undreds of girl children in Indore are being operated on to…

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