No one is questioning the delectation of kissing. But just because something is enjoyable does not make it morally acceptable. In fact, because it’s so enjoyable means it could lead to grave sins. “For she hath cast down many wounded, and the strongest have been slain by her” (Proverbs 7:26).[click to continue...]
Finally, I imagine most every priest and deacon who preaches from the pulpit wants to be well-received. The consolation that comes from a pat on the back after a good sermon feels good. Thus, to broach on subjects that make people squirm in their seats means risking to be disliked.
Pope Saint John Paul II foresaw this and has an exhortation for those facing this human frailty.[click to continue...]
Both the traditional marriage camp and the ‘progressive’ view of marriage can actually agree on one thing: marriage is a contract. You may be surprised to read that. But let me flesh it out, with the help of the quotes below from Frank Sheed, Catholic evangelist extraordinaire.[click to continue...]
Yet, if the Bible had anything to say about using birth control, wouldn’t Christians want to know? Shouldn’t ever Bible-believing Christian want to know the answer to the question, what does Scripture say about using contraception?[click to continue...]
1. “THOU SHALL HAVE NO GODS BEFORE ME” (Ex 20:3)
Of all the different Ten Commandments, this one was given first because it remains the most important. Yet, abortion violates this command from God.[click to continue...]
St. Jerome concurs, “Love to study the Scriptures and you will not love the vices of the flesh.”[click to continue...]
“Do not look intently at a virgin, lest you stumble and incur penalties for her.
Do not give yourself to harlots lest you lose your inheritance.
Do not look around in the streets of a city, nor wander about in its deserted sections.
Turn away your eyes from a shapely woman, and do not look intently at beauty belonging to another; many have been misled by a woman’s beauty, and by it passion is kindled like a fire.” ~ Sirach 9:5-8
The Bishops of Canada have yet, to this day, to rescind the Winnipeg Statement. The official stance of the Catholic bishops of Canada is dissent on the question of contraception use.
Yet, Pope Pius VI rightly called contraceptive sex “intrinsically wrong” (n. 14).
How can something be intrinsically evil, and yet be permitted?
The scandal this causes must be enormous. To Catholics weak or naïve in their faith, this can prove spiritually deadly, not to mention physically and emotionally detrimental.[click to continue...]
The Church has laid out time and again that couples ought to practice a period of abstinence within marriage, only if they have a grave (or serious) reason. The Church does not teach that every married couple ought to use NFP. The Church has never taught every couple “needs” NFP.[click to continue...]
I admit it. I stand corrected on the definition of limbo.
This is me saying mea culpa.
I am eating a slice of humble pie.
I overstepped and misunderstood.
As so many tried to set me straight, I finally realized the error I made.
In my ignorance I got sloppy and failed to be precise in my language.[click to continue...]