Posts Tagged ‘natural family planning’

What the Holy Father Said About Rabbits and Why

February 18th, 2015 Comments off

This article was first posted January 26, 2015, at National Catholic Register.

The recent news-cycle flap over Pope Francis and the bunnies has confused many people inside and outside of the Catholic Church.

Lots of people continue to be concerned that the Holy Father ought to be clearer in his manner of speaking. I would like to make something good out of this latest situation. Read more…

Entrenching a ‘duty to do wrong’ in medicine

March 28th, 2014 Comments off
Canadian government is funding a project to suppress freedom of conscience and religion

A 25-year-old woman who went to an Ottawa walk-in clinic for a birth control prescription was told that the physician offered only Natural Family Planning and did not prescribe or refer for contraceptives or related services. She was given a letter explaining that his practice reflected his “medical judgment” and “professional ethical concerns and religious values.” Read more…

NFP – Faithfully Yours

July 27th, 2012 Comments off

From The Maximus Group

Every year the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) designates an entire week to advancing Catholics’ knowledge about Natural Family Planning; NFP Awareness Week is July 22-28, and this year’s theme is “Faithfully Yours.” NFP awareness week always coincides with the anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical, Humanae Vitae (July 25). Read more…

Divorce Rate Comparisons Between Couples Using Natural Family Planning & Artificial Birth Control

April 28th, 2012 Comments off

“Isn’t happiness an important consequence of one’s sex life? People who practice NFP are not only happier but have more sex. Yet the point of contraception is to be able to have more sex. I would suggest there seems to be a positive correlation between happiness and sex, and that contraception negatively affects both factors. (It is clear, however, that more in-depth research needs to be done to confirm these numbers.)” -Kevin Clarke Read more…

Ask Mary: I really, really don’t want kids.

February 16th, 2012 Comments off


I’m an 18 year old female college student, and I have just gotten back in touch with Catholicism…

…I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting back into my faith, but there is something that REALLY continues to rub me wrong. I’ve prayed and prayed about it, but I am not getting any answer. I’ve researched it, but just hear the same things over and over and it just doesn’t sit right with me, and that is the issue of contraception. I’ve read humanae vitae, I’ve researched “natural family planning”, and it all still leaves me completely unsatisfied still. Read more…

New York Times article attacks natural family planning

July 18th, 2011 2 comments

Dr. Smith, quoted extensively here, was one of our speakers at the Love and Life in the Divine Plan conference in Nashville.

by Patrick B. Craine

NASHVILLE, Tennessee, July 11, 2011 ( – The New York Times launched what one prominent Catholic professor has called a “peculiar” attack on natural family planning (NFP) last week by sharing the tale of a young Evangelical couple that had championed the practice and then recanted, only to get divorced three years later. Read more…

Marriage Conference Cancelled Due to Flooding

June 28th, 2011 Comments off

I had previously announced a conference on marriage and Catholic Healthcare, that was to be held in Atchison, Kansas.  While the conference site is high and dry, the Missouri River flooding has closed some of the access roads into town.  I received the following bulletin: Read more…

Marriage, Healthcare, and Natural Family Planning Conference

June 7th, 2011 Comments off

For those of our readers in the Kansas/Missouri area:

MARRIAGE AND CATHOLIC HEALTHCARE. This summer’s “Catholic Healthcare Identity: Medical and Pastoral Strategies” conference at Benedictine College is the NFP Outreach National Summer Institute. The conference, lasting from July 11-16, offers college credit for educators and/or continuing medical education credits for doctors and continuing education units for nurses. Keynote speakers include:

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The Wall Street Journal carries water for Planned Parenthood

April 20th, 2010 1 comment

Melinda Beck, in this article in the Wall Street Journal, tries to answer this question: why is it, 50 years after the Pill, that there are over 3 million “unplanned” pregnancies per year? Her answer is some variation on the Planned Parenthood theme: people don’t use enough contraception, often enough, correctly enough. They need more information (translation: more marketing of Planned Parenthood’s product.) She interviews all sorts of people who promote artificial contraception, but not a single soul on the natural side.

She doesn’t seem to realize that she is asking the wrong question. After all, the truth is that the “reversible” contraceptive methods only reduce the probability of pregnancy. None of them reduce the probability all the way to zero. The right question is, what happens to a society that tries to organize itself around the mistaken idea that sex is an intrinsically sterile activity? The answer to that question is: women are sexually active in situations that cannot possibly support a pregnancy. Since no contraception works perfectly, even when it is “used correctly every time,” some women get pregnant in situations that cannot possibly support a pregnancy and live birth. So, these women believe they need an abortion. Or, they end up having a child without any meaningful support from the child’s father.

And this was called “feminism.”