“What about the argument that vast numbers of Catholics ignore the church’s teachings about sexuality? Doesn’t the church have a problem conveying its moral principles to its own flock? ‘Do we ever!’ the archbishop replies with a hearty laugh. ‘I’m not afraid to admit that we have an internal catechetical challenge—a towering one—in convincing our own people of the moral beauty and coherence of what we teach. That’s a biggie.’”[click to continue...]
It is a common argument you will hear among well-meaning folks, even pro-lifers, especially following the news of a miscarriage by their friends or family members. The argument is that a baby who dies in utero receives the grace of the Baptism of Desire for Catholic parents who intended to baptize their baby upon birth. Sometimes you will even hear pro-lifers argue aborted babies receive the grace of the Baptism of Desire, as the Catholic Church supplies the desire for all children to be baptized.
Are these pious and well-meaning thoughts? Definitely. Yet, do they hold up to the Tradition of the Catholic Church?[click to continue...]
In the end, Galvin’s thesis reads, “[Humanae Vitae] substantially altered the traditional teaching by wiping the slate clean of centuries of doctrine and then propos[ed] an entirely new way to view marriage and procreation.”[click to continue...]
Irreligion can be broken down into three categories. I will attempt to show how using contraception violates each subcategory of irreligion. In effect, I will show how using contraception violates the First Commandment, as a result. Hopefully this will help answer the question why is the Catholic Church against contraception.[click to continue...]
On the question, is making out before marriage a sin, the answer would appear to be in the negative. After all, no intercourse is taking place, and so it would seem as though it does not violate the Sixth Commandment (“Thou shall not commit adultery” [Ex 20:14]).[click to continue...]
“Lambeth has delivered a fatal blow to marriage, to motherhood, to fatherhood, to the family and to morality,” wrote James Douglas, editor of London’s Sunday Express.
— New York Times, August 17, 1930, pg. 5, col. 1.
Is using contraception a mortal sin?
Given its popularity among Christians, even Catholics, the answer could help determine the eternal fate of so many of its users.[click to continue...]
Those in the abortion industry who publicly stump for their baby-killing ways come to mind. Not only are they unwilling to stop themselves, but their guilt for their misdeeds compels them to justify themselves for everyone to hear.
It is the Big Lie they tell themselves. They repeat to themselves over and over, almost convincing themselves it is true.[click to continue...]
What is the purpose of the press? What role do journalists play in our society? Are they doing their jobs?
To keep it simple, I will share with you the address Pope Pius XII made to the press delegation which visited the Vatican in April 1946.
As you read this, ask yourself just how well anyone in the mass media these days fulfills their duty as journalists to be truth tellers.[click to continue...]
“Original sin is not something positive. It is essentially the absence of divine grace. Now by the natural process of generation, parents can transmit human nature as they received it from their own parents. But they cannot, by this merely natural process, transmit supernatural grace which they received, not from their parents, but immediately and individually from God.”[click to continue...]