From Scott P. Richert, your Guide to Catholicism
In “Blaming Batman, Forgetting God,” I raised the possibility that James Holmes, the man who committed the horrific massacre at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, was not “driven” to do so by outside forces but simply chose to do so. In other words, James Holmes exercised his free will, not as God wishes us to—to love Him and our neighbor—but as both Satan and Adam did, to place himself above God.
Americans find any discussion of human evil profoundly uncomfortable; even Christians, I noted in the previous article, tend to cope with such evil by discussing the possibility of demonic possession. In saying this, I did not intend to downplay the reality of possession—far from it. But demonic possession is not as popular culture portrays it–a demon taking over our body against our will. The reality is much more terrifying. Read more…
A reader asked an interesting question during a previous NFP Awareness Week: If the Church is serious about Her teaching that the use of artificial contraception is immoral, why don’t more priests preach about this teaching? I offered some explanations, which sparked a lively discussion in the comments. Read my answer, and join in! Read more…
The Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of Planned Parenthood, doesn’t promote Natural Family Planning. So when the media reported in June 2010 that the Guttmacher Institute had released a “study” showing a high failure rate for NFP, it didn’t come as much of a surprise. But the media missed the real story, because the Guttmacher Institute tried to bury it: Their own figures actually show that the most common NFP methods are just as effective as the most common methods of artificial birth control. Read more…
One figure that’s often cited to suggest that NFP couldn’t be effective is an 85 percent pregnancy rate among women who engage in unprotected sex. What relevance does that figure have to NFP? Not much. Find out why.
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