Stand Against Transgender Madness

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / October 11, 2021 /

[Disclaimer: This week’s subject matter and its discussion involve some explicit content. Out of respect for our readers, some words have been altered. The original language can be ascertained by accessing the link that is provided within the column. Please be aware.]   A few weeks ago, we learned of a terrible – but, in…

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Contraception vs. NFP

By HLI Staff / October 8, 2021 /

Every married couple has the responsibility to prayerfully practice what the Catholic Church calls “responsible parenthood” as it pertains to the number and spacing of children. Spouses are to exercise this responsibility with generosity in receiving the gift of life, and with prudence, while avoiding selfishness and carelessness. Although children are the supreme gift of…

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Answering Critiques of the Theology of the Body

By Susan Ciancio / September 29, 2021 /
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What we know today as the Theology of the Body began as a collection of 129 papal addresses given by Pope John Paul II during his regular Wednesday audiences. He gave these talks over the course of five years—from September 5, 1979, through November 28, 1984. These talks cover many topics, including the true purpose…

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Theology of the Body: FAQ

By Susan Ciancio / September 16, 2021 /
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From September 5, 1979, through November 28, 1984, in his Wednesday general audiences, Pope John Paul II spoke about the unique and holy love between a man and a woman. This collection of 129 papal addresses was later compiled into the cohesive document we know today as the Theology of the Body. Here we’ve compiled…

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The Teaching of the Prophetic Encyclical Humanae Vitae Part X

By Adolfo J. Castañeda / September 10, 2021 /

Previous articles in this series: Part I: Introduction to Humanae Vitae Part II: The Predictions of Humanae Vitae 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   In our previous…

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Ten Threats to Marriage

By HLI Staff / September 3, 2021 /
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Marriage is—and has been—under attack for quite some time. While the latest attacks are fashioned by those who attempt to redefine the authentic definition of marriage to include same-sex relationships, there are many other things that not only harm but destroy this sacred sacrament. We discuss ten of these here.   1. Wounded Human Nature…

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Pushing Back Against Transgenderism

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / August 23, 2021 /
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You may remember the tragic case of James Younger from last year. James is a now-eight-year-old boy who lives in Texas. His mother, Anne Georgulas, who is a pediatrician, believes that James is “transgender.” That is, she believes that James “identifies” as a girl named Luna. According to Georgulas, James began to identify as Luna…

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Sharing NFP: A Holistic Approach to Sexuality

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / August 2, 2021 /
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Any fair analysis of how well the Catholic Church has done in educating Catholics about – let alone convincing them of – the Church’s teaching on contraception, would have to conclude that the Church’s ministers have failed quite spectacularly. One much-cited poll from 2016 found that only 13% of weekly Mass-going Catholics agreed with the…

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Transgenderism is Not a Victimless Ideology

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / July 5, 2021 /
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One step forward, two steps back. That’s how the culture wars sometimes feel these days. Last week I was pleased to write about a Supreme Court decision that protected the right of a Catholic adoption agency to abide by Catholic beliefs in only adopting children into families with a mother and a father. This week,…

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Catholic Bioethics and the Moral Treatment of Human Beings

By Susan Ciancio / June 25, 2021 /
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Respect, compassion, care, kindness, empathy, and love. These actions come about when people recognize the inherent dignity in every person. And nowhere is it more important to understand people’s inherent dignity than in a capacity where someone has to take care of another or provide for his well-being. This occurs most often in the medical…

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