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Quotes from our Popes

Quotes from our Popes

“[The Church] knows their weaknesses, she has compassion on the multitude, she welcomes sinners. But at the same time she cannot do otherwise than teach the law.”

Blessed Pope Paul VI, Humanae vitae, #19

 

“IT IS AN ILLUSION TO THINK WE CAN BUILD A TRUE CULTURE OF HUMAN LIFE IF WE DO NOT. ACCEPT AND EXPERIENCE SEXUALITY AND LOVE AND THE WHOLE OF LIFE ACCORDING TO THEIR TRUE MEANING AND THEIR CLOSE INTER-CONNECTION.”

– Pope St John Paul II, Evangelium vitae, #97

 

“THERE IS AN URGENT NEED FOR THE ENTIRE CHRISTIAN COMMUNIT Y TO RECOVER AN APPRECIATION OF THE VIRTUE OF CHASTITY. … THE CHRISTIAN UNDERSTANDING OF SEXUALIT Y AS A SOURCE OF GENUINE FREEDOM, HAPPINESS AND THE FULFILMENT OF OUR FUNDAMENTAL AND INNATE HUMAN VOCATION TO LOVE.”

Address of Pope Benedict XVI to the U.S. bishops from Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota on Friday, 9 March 2012.

 

“Good habits need to be developed. The strengthening of the will and the repetition of specific actions are the building blocks of moral conduct; without the conscious, free and valued repetition of certain patterns of good behaviour, moral education does not take place.”

Pope Francis, AL, #266

 

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500 British priests issue statement upholding Humanae Vitae

500 British priests issue statement upholding Humanae Vitae

ROME, June 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Nearly 500 British priests have issued a statement upholding Humanae Vitae and proposing it as the key to healing society, amid reports of moves within the Vatican to water down its teaching and accommodate the Church to modern trends.

In a letter released to the Catholic press on June 14 (see full letter below), the group of priests from Great Britain state that the Church’s perennial teaching on human sexuality should be at the forefront in re-building a culture of life, and stress its importance for Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

The initiative, called “Humanae Vitae 50,” was set up as a call to priests to make their voices heard as the Church prepares to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical on the regulation of births.

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Here below we offer our readers the full letter and cover letter. The full list of signatories is here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Freedom to Love as God Loves Us

The Freedom to Love as God Loves Us

Eugene and Trillion have been married for 20 years and have three boys aged between 14 and 18, the fruits of their love and God’s gift to them.

They hadn’t heard about HV until they became part of the expat church community when living in Shanghai in 2013, and they joined the MPC programme as volunteers. The curriculum was based on Theology of the Body by St Pope John Paul II and HV.

Despite their lack of understanding of HV, they had been practising NFP anyway, having been introduced to it during their MPC in preparation for their wedding 20 years before. “I was not a Catholic then,” says Trillion, “but NFP sounded like a really good idea as I didn’t want to take the Pill or use other invasive contraception methods for fear of side effects.”

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The Truth About Contraception

The Truth About Contraception

Corey, a medical doctor and his wife, Julie, are CEP presenters who have taken the HV charter and are currently among the first batch of 50-plus students of the Maryvale certificate course.

After much deliberation, the couple decided to try the Pill, but as Julie explains, what started out as a seemingly rational solution to the issue of family planning began to affect their relationship in subtle ways. “I was never quite at peace with it and there were times in the midst of our intimate moments together when I felt that Corey could not quite look me straight in the eye, perhaps because we were no longer truly in sync with each other. Our love relationship was affected in ways that I could not fully understand. Perhaps that is what Pope St John Paul meant when he said that ‘the body has a language’. Through my body, I make a total gift of myself to Corey in love. It is unconditional. But the use of contraceptives runs contrary to this. It was as if Corey accepted me but without my fertility and I felt that our love was being shortchanged.”

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How Contraception Took Me Out of the Church … and Brought Me Back

How Contraception Took Me Out of the Church … and Brought Me Back

By Christopher West

July 25 marks the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s landmark encyclical on the regulation of birth, Humanae Vitae (On Human Life)

Let me take you back to early 1987. I was 17 years old and had been dating my girlfriend for about five months. She called me one afternoon to tell me her parents were going out for the evening. Tonight was the night. On the way to her house, I stopped at a drug store and, for the first time in my life, bought a box of condoms.

As I placed the box on the cashier’s counter, something inside me sank. Somehow I knew I was making a concrete decision to separate myself from God. Not that I had been a saint up to that point. If I even had a relationship with God, it was only hanging on by a thread. But right then and there – in a Rite Aid on Columbia Avenue in Lancaster, Pa. – as I paid for those condoms, I knew I was severing the thread. My conscience was screaming at me: “Don’t do it!” And I shouted back: “Shut up! I’m doing it!” Read More…

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We face a dramatic clash between the fundamental human decision to love or not to love, to choose life or oppose it. – Christopher West

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Teen Sex And Condoms – Should we or should we not?

Teen Sex And Condoms – Should we or should we not?

By Dr John Hui

In the light of concerns surrounding teenage sex, abortions and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), many have called for the introduction of “sex education” into the curriculum for teens. More often than not, such education suggests that the answer lies in promoting the use of contraceptives, in particular condoms.

Such an approach presupposes that:

  • Contraceptives are effective in reducing pregnancy and STIs; and
  • Teens will use contraceptives correctly all the time.

Both these presumptions are not supported by fact.

Firstly we must know that only barrier contraceptives, such as the condom, may help to reduce the risk of acquiring STIs. Even then condoms do not offer 100 percent protection, as studies have shown that consistent use of the condom can only reduce the risk of HIV transmission by about 80 percent[1], Gonorrhoea by about 50 to 62 percent, and Chlamydia by about 26 percent.[2] It offers much less protection against STIs that are spread by skin to skin contact, such as Herpes and Genital warts, since there are areas of the genitalia that are not covered by the condom.[3]

Secondly the condom can only be effective in reducing risk if it were used consistently and correctly. In reality, many people, especially youth, fail to do so. One local survey of ‘at risk youth’ found that about 42 percent had experienced slippage, and about 32 percent had experienced breakage.[4]

Other studies showed that only between 8% and 48.4% of those surveyed use the condom consistently.[5]

Therefore, an adequate response to the issue of teen sex must go beyond a merely biological one. Even in a purely hypothetical situation where we assume the condom is 100 percent effective nd used all the time, and thus the risk of acquiring STI is virtually zero, wrong choices (in this case engaging in premarital sex) affect us negatively. This is because we are not merely biological beings, but a unity of body and spirit.

Indeed, studies have shown that sexually active teenagers are more likely to be depressed and more likely to attempt suicide than teenagers who are not sexually active (even after controlling for sex, race, age and socio-economic status), and most sexually experienced teens are already reporting feelings of regret over premature sexual intercourse.[6]

Therefore, an adequate response to the issue of teen sex must go beyond a merely biological one.

As Dr Stephen Genuis once remarked in the British Medical Journal, merely promoting condoms “disregards the complex nature of human sexuality and fails to tackle the underlying social and emotional needs of young people, who are often trapped in high risk sexual behavior as a consequence of difficult life circumstances.”[7]

Which is why the Church proposes a very different approach to the topic. This is based on our vision of the human person, who as a living image of God in the world consists not only of the body but the spirit as well, in an integrated whole.

So while “sex education” deals with only the biological aspects of a person, “sexuality education” takes into account the entire make up of the person as male or female. Sexuality is a fundamental component of the person that expresses the call to love as God loves.

Educating children in sexuality cannot be isolated from formation in other areas, such as character development.

It is only when we recognize this, and form our children in a holistic manner, that teens will be able to make the right decisions when faced with issues like these.

And counsellors have been unanimous on this point: that teens with good relationships with their parents are much more likely to make better decisions in life.

This is why the role of parents as primary educators of their children can never be over emphasized. Parents are the best channels for sexuality education of their children, because they are in the best position to form and equip their children with the virtues they necessarily need to live a good life.

As Pope Francis has said, “Parents always influence the moral development of their children, for better or for worse. It follows that they should take up this essential role and carry it out consciously, enthusiastically, reasonably and appropriately.”[8]

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Catholic Medical Guild’s Bioethics Centre

The Catholic Medical Guild of Singapore (CMG) provides a resource for those who are seeking help in answering real-life ethical dilemmas on issues ranging from contraception and abortion counselling to that of end-of-life care in a manner that is both professional and faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

The CMG bioethics centre consisting of moral theologian, Fr David Garcia, OP and medical doctors trained in medical ethics will be available to address ethical dilemmas via the email cmgethicscentre@gmail.com, or if necessary, through a personal face-to-face dialogue at a date and time that can be arranged.

 Sexuality refers to our capacity to love and to procreate, and in a more general way the ability for forming bonds of communion with others.[9]

 

Sexuality is a good. It is a way of relating and being open to others. It “has love as its intrinsic end, more precisely, love as donation and acceptance, love as giving and receiving.”[10]

 Chastity is a virtue that frees us for authentic love, which is to love as God loves. Chastity helps us make a sincere gift of self to others, according to the state of life we are in (whether as singles, consecrated celibates, or married people). It is through living out the gift of our sexuality this way that we find true fulfillment.[11]

Singles live out this virtue by being a gift to people around them. They avoid sexual intercourse which is reserved for those who are married, since sexual intercourse is essentially the consummation and renewal of a couple’s wedding vows.

Consecrated celibates forgo marriage, and thus sexual intercourse, not because it is bad, but because this enables them to give themselves to God alone with an undivided heart.

Married couples are also called to chastity in marriage. They do this by giving themselves exclusively to each other, freely, totally, faithfully and fruitfully “till death do they part”. These 4 aspects of their wedding vows are consummated and renewed, in and through their bodies, in conjugal intercourse.

Some common topics[12]:

Masturbation

Instead of becoming a “sincere gift of self” to others, one turns inward and self –centred, using one’s gift for self gratification instead.

Contraception/Sterilization

Instead of being a total gift, we do something to reject an integral part of ourselves at the point of conjugal union (our fertility). In so doing, we intentionally close ourselves to the life-giving aspect of God’s love. We become unfaithful to our vow to love totally and fruitfully.

Pornography

In pornography we make use of others, and demean their dignity, instead of respecting and seeing them as persons made in the image and likeness of God.

Pre-marital and extra-marital sex

Marital sex is meant to be a renewal of a couple’s wedding vows in and through their bodies. Outside marriage, sexual intercourse tells a lie with the body, for there are no marital vows to be renewed in the body in the first place.

Abortion

Direct abortion intentionally seeks to destroy a human life already conceived. It violates the fifth commandment “Thou shalt not kill” and can never be justified.

[1] Weller S, Davis, K. Condom effectiveness in reducing heterosexual HIV transmission (Review), The Cochrane Library 2005, Issue 3

[2] The June 2004 Bulletin of the World Health Organization noted that with consistent use of the condom, the risk of acquiring chlamydial infection was reduced by about 26 percent, and that for gonorrhoea by 62 percent. Bulletin of the World Health Organization Vol. 82 Number 6 Genebra June 2004

[3] This is largely due to the fact that “Genital ulcer diseases, like syphilis can occur in both male and female genital areas that are covered or protected by a latex condom, as well as in areas that are not covered.”  CDC fact sheet at www.cdc.gov/std/syphilis/STDFact-Syphilis.htm#protect

[4] Wong ML, Chan RK, Tan HH, Sen P, Chio M, Koh D.. J Pediatr 2013;162:574-80.

[5] Are condoms the answer to rising rates of non-HIV sexually transmitted infection? No

Stephen J Genuis, British Medical Journal. BMJ. 2008 Jan 26; 336(7637): 185.

[6] BMC Public Health. 2009; 9: 282. Published online Aug 5, 2009. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-9-282

PMCID: PMC2907520 “Relationships, love and sexuality: what the Filipino teens think and feel”,

Jokin de Irala et al

[7] Are condoms the answer to rising rates of non-HIV sexually transmitted infection? No

Stephen J Genuis, British Medical Journal. BMJ. 2008 Jan 26; 336(7637): 185.

[8] Amoris Laetitia, 259

[9] CCC, #2332

[10] TMHS, #11

[11] “Man, who is the only creature on earth which God willed for itself, cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself.” (Gaudium et Spes, #24)

[12] cf CCC, #2351 – 2356

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