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This is an excellent video series presenting an overview of the Catechism of The Catholic Church. If you have not studied the Catechism (and really, how many of us have?) this is a great way to get an introduction.
Fr. Mahan has provided an introduction for each segment and a description of the topic covered in the section.
If you have any questions on Catholic teaching, this may be a good place to start!
For an online version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, click on the link below.
All that stuff that most of the world pooh-poohed has come true. This article is about 8 years old, but it’s truer now than it was then.
After all, truth doesn’t change – it just becomes more evident…
And therein lies an irony within an irony. Although it is largely Catholic thinkers who have connected the latest empirical evidence to the defense of Humanae Vitae’s predictions, during those same forty years most of the experts actually producing the empirical evidence have been social scientists operating in the secular realm. As sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox emphasized in a 2005 essay: “The leading scholars who have tackled these topics are not Christians, and most of them are not political or social conservatives. They are, rather, honest social scientists willing to follow the data wherever it may lead.”
Consider, as Wilcox does, the Nobel Prize-winning economist George Akerlof. In a well-known 1996 article in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Akerlof explained in the language of modern economics why the sexual revolution—contrary to common prediction, especially prediction by those in and out of the Church who wanted the teaching on birth control changed—had led to an increase in both illegitimacy and abortion. In another work published in the Economic Journal ten years ago, he traced the empirical connections between the decrease in marriage and married fatherhood for men—both clear consequences of the contraceptive revolution—and the simultaneous increase in behaviors to which single men appear more prone:
This is an amazing talk on the relationship between Marriage and the Eucharist by John Martignoni. He presents both sacraments in such a way that will bring you to new depths of understanding, and will change the way you see them forever.
To access and download more apologetics talks from John Martignoni, go here. They are free, and they are amazing.
I recently saw what I originally thought was a great meme on Facebook. It was about marriage and what makes one perfect:
Photo credit – Jennifer Akers Reams
It actually is pretty cool, but I woke up this morning with the thought in my head that, as good as it is, it is missing something.
So I decided that dress it up a bit:
A perfect marriage is made up of the one perfect God, one imperfect man, one imperfect woman and an unspecified quantity of imperfect children, all of whom refuse to give up on each other.
That’s probably not perfectly stated, either, but I think it’s closer to the mark.
I have found a woman who will be with me until I die, even while my hair falls out and my skin shrivels and wrinkles, even when I stumble, even when I fail, even through the doldrums of daily existence, through bills and dirty diapers, through all things — joyous or miserable, pleasing or painful — through every day until death comes. Why should it be hard for me to simply refrain from tossing such a gift into the garbage? – Matt Walsh
Monogamous marriages are unnatural. On this, I agree with the emailer below.
Now, behold these enlightening thoughts that I found in my inbox this morning:
Greetings Mr. Walsh,
I am a college professor, author, and researcher. It was obvious to me before you ever stated it that you are a man of little education and limited intelligence. Still, I commend your newfound fame and congratulate you on the enormous amounts of money you must be making.
[Five more sentences of insults and pretentious self-aggrandizement]
…You have become a hot topic in some of my classes and this very much worries me. It wasn’t until your name came up for a fifth time that I decided to investigate you. Your prose are rife with fallacies and Neanderthalic musings, so I could easily disembowel and discredit any part of it. But I’d like to concentrate on what seems to be your most common themes:…
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Aristotle, the great philosopher of ancient Greece, in his Politics, makes something of a romantic statement (for those who know him, something exceptionally unusual). He says that all human society begins with the love of a man for a woman. From that love comes forth a human family. From families come tribes, from tribes come cities, and from cities come nations. Therefore the human family and marriage is at the very root of society itself.
Hence it behooves society to do everything in its power to encourage marriage and the creation of families. Any policy which does not do this is suicidal, as we shall see in a subsequent analysis, it is just such a social suicide that many Western countries are experiencing right now.
Thus we arrive at the question of the definition of marriage.
After centuries of theological discussion and debate over each of its points, we are the happy recipients of one of the most well thought out positions on marriage in all of human history. Using the tools of Divine Revelation, Scripture and Tradition, along with its corollary, authentic and well-informed human reason, the Catechism of the Catholic Church gives a concise definition (1601):
Marriage is a lifelong partnership of the whole of life, of mutual and exclusive fidelity, established by mutual consent between a man and a woman, and ordered towards the good of the spouses and the procreation of offspring.
Take away anything, even one bit, of that well-considered definition and you have deformed what marriage is meant to be, both naturally and supernaturally.
For those seeking to delve deeper into the Catholic Church’s teachings on human sexuality (as explained by Pope John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body”), Father Thomas Loya is one of the foremost speakers on this topic, though not as well known as Christopher West or Jason Evert. With a background in art (iconography), Fr. Loya approaches this topic from more of a mystical and theological perspective. His talks are insightful and bring fresh new insights into the ToB, especially for for adults who have already heard Christopher West and are looking for a fuller understanding to round out their formation. A wonderful compliment to the work of Christopher West and Jason Evert.
Modern man has divorced sex from procreation through his embrace of contraception. This Contraception Deception within the Catholic Church has come about by a near total betrayal of the faithful by their shepherds and leaders.
I was so impressed when I read this… She hits the nail on the head here. Here are some excerpts…
Finally, I decided to go for it. You see, the more I think and write and learn about abortion, the more convinced I am that the key to curtailing it is to make people understand that it doesn’t exist in a vacuum. As long as people are having sex despite the fact that they have no interest in or desire for procreation, there are going to be abortions. And yes, this takes into account contraception. There is no fool-proof method of birth control besides abstinence.
First of all: calm down. Second: kind of. I mean, it’s both. Moral law is based on natural law. The reason God gave us all these pesky rules is because they’re good for us. When people follow the basic tenets of Judeo-Christian sexual morality, they lead better lives. They lead lives of loving responsibility in which they react to positive pregnancy tests with tears of joy, hugs, and excited phone calls, as opposed to panic-barfing and fear-sweat.
I know this because I’ve lived the other life. I was never what you’d call promiscuous, but nor was I what you’d call sexually moral. Because of my willingness to give of myself completely to men who weren’t willing to give me the same, I lived a life of heartbreak and confusion. Finally, about four years ago, I noticed that every time I gave my heart away, I wasn’t getting it all back. Every go-round, there seemed to be less and less of my heart to give. I was becoming less open, more guarded, even bitter. I could feel a wall growing around my heart, and it was thick and it was high.
While researching a post I am working on, I came across this article on the Consequences of the Contraceptive Mentality by K.D Whitehead. He makes some very good points about what has happened to societal morality as result of separating the possibility of procreation from sex.
Here are some excerpts…
- The Holy Father spoke of some of the consequences of the contraceptive mentality in the encyclical when he warned that “upright men… [should] reflect upon the consequences of artificial birth control. Let them consider, first of all, how wide and easy a road would thus be opened up towards conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality… men—especially the young, who are so vulnerable on this point—have need of encouragement to be faithful to the moral law, so that they must not be offered some easy means of eluding its observance. It is also to be feared that man, growing used to the employment of anti-conceptive practices, may finally lose respect for the woman… may come to the point of considering her as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment…”
- It is not necessary to prove that there is a statistically verifiable absolute increase in sexual misdeeds today. The revolution is real enough. It is the case, for example, that even with today’s wonder drugs venereal disease has nevertheless reached epidemic proportions. According to the chief of the VD Branch of the U.S. Federal Center for Disease Control, “Gonorrhoea in the United States is out of control” (15). An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded a few years back that venereal disease could no longer be medically treated out of existence “unless a new element is introduced such as immunization or a change in the prevailing life styles of the population segments most affected” (Emphasis added) (16). In other words, what is chiefly needed, as medicine throws up its hands, is a little more “encouragement to be faithful to the moral law”, in the words of the Holy Father.
- …companionate marriage, trial marriage, homosexual marriage, group marriage, or, most especially, with languid indifference to the question of whether any “marriage” at all needs to be connected with sexual “expression” or “fulfillment”
- Just as the concept of “planned parenthood” really means planned non-parenthood, so the aim and result of encouraging sex just for fun and games can only be the destruction of any sound idea of family life, for human sexuality is exempted from the necessity of the self-denial necessary, for example, in any marriage. Sexuality is thus divorced not only from possible procreation but indeed, logically, from marriage itself.
- Actually, the American experience of seeing the acceptance of contraception lead to the acceptance of abortion was not the first time that the integral and consistent anti-life logic we have been examining here has worked itself out in human history. Consider this statement of St. Epiphanius, who was Bishop of Salamis, and who lived between 315 and 403 A.D. Writing of the contraceptive practices of the pagan society of his day, St. Epiphanius wrote against the idea that conjugal relations might be indulged in without any reference to their natural purpose: “There are those”, he wrote, “who when they have intercourse deliberately prevent having children… Moreover if a man should by mistake deposit some of his emitted seed and his wife becomes pregnant, listen to what further crime they descend. They remove the unformed fetus from the womb anytime they please and actually grind the aborted child (infantem) with mortar and pestle. Then to avoid nausea they use pepper and other spices or ointments” (Emphasis added) (38).
- Thus the testimony of the ancient world too confirms our own experience: once man arrogates to himself the right to limit or control the consequences of sex without regard to the moral law or the natural use of sex—once, in other words, the contraceptive mentality prevails—moving on to what St. Epiphanius calls “the further crime” of abortion becomes both logical and perhaps inevitable.