Reflections on Humanae Vitae Part IV: The Fruits of Contraceptive

In our last article in this series, we focused on the ills that Pope Paul VI predicted would happen if contraceptives became widely adopted. And it turns out that Paul was a prophet to our generation, one who has been…

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Staying Despite Scandal: Jesus is the Reason

A time of scandal for the church, a time when high-ranking clerics were found to be complicit in the sexual abuse of children, is a time that brings to a point the question of being part of the church. Who…

Can We Evangelize in the Midst of Scandal?

Like many Catholics, my heart hurts. It hurt years ago for those who we already knew about, including those hurt in the Philadelphia scandal, and the recent report was horrific clarification that made the old wound ache. However, the latest…

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How to Respond to Church Scandal

I have much, much more to say about this new round of scandals in our clergy that is causing so much turmoil among the faithful. But before I delve deep into my own personal feelings, I thought first about my…

Unbound: A Practical Guide to Deliverance

I discovered Neal Lozano’s book, Unbound: A Practical Guide to Deliverance, when our covenant community planned an Unbound Conference with him. About 50 of us learned how to cooperate with the Lord to gain freedom from the influence of evil…

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Is It Okay To Ban Books?

This year, Banned Books Week is September 23-29, Many years this event has been more commemoration than celebration. There has been an edge of defiance to it as well—no one is going to tell me what I can read! Legitimate…

From Hopelessness to Hope

  And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us because God’s love has been poured…

Reflections on Humanae Vitae Part III: Paul’s Prophecy

There are many reasons that Paul VI, the author of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae, will soon be canonized as a saint. For today’s article, I would like to focus on one particular element that may have been a factor:…

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Seeing with the Eyes of Faith

Søren Kierkegaard, the famous 19th century Danish philosopher, describes faith in God as a “leap”, a decision to believe in God made not on the basis of evidence, but as an act of the will, a sort of metaphysical jump…

Reflections on Humanae Vitae Part II: What Went Wrong

The pope is the head of the Catholic Church. Every Catholic knows that we are called to listen to him as the Vicar of Christ on Earth. But when Blessed Pope Paul VI issued Humanae Vitae in 1968, an enormous…