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Investigating NFP: Pius XII

Click here to read the previous post in this series. I have recently come to the (re)realization that bishops are the authoritative teaching body of the Church. As such, it is their responsibility to properly and effectively teach such sticky subjects as the regulation of births. However, those teachings must be in accord with the […]

Investigating NFP: Pius XI

Click here to read the previous post in this series. It’s time to get our hands dirty by digging into the writings of recent popes to find out what they had to say about contraceptive issues. Let’s start with Pius XI’s 1930 Casti Connubii, which was written in response to the Anglican Communion’s decision that […]

TCitMW: Responses to Critics

I wish to thank all those who have contributed their opinions to the discussion what ways the Church can/should change in the next pontificate and ways it cannot/should notchange. Some of the responses have come in the form of full blog entries, rather than comments. I’d like now to offer rebuttals and clarifications.

Thank God the Church Isn’t a Democracy

“In one poll, 87 percent of American Catholics said they had a favorable impression of John Paul II. Yet 57 percent said the next pope should moderate the Vatican’s policies ‘to reflect the attitudes and lifestyles of Catholics today.’” – Peter Slevin, Washington Post “68.3% Prefer ‘Buddy Christ’ from Dogma to a Crucifix – Morgan […]

My Two Cents About Our Ailing Pope

The following is my ranking, from best to worst, of scenarios for the end of Pope John Paul II’s pontificate. He is strong and active until the day he dies quietly in his sleep. He is bedridden, but he is in good spirits and able to conduct work until the day he dies in his […]