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Abortifacient Contraception for a Medical Purpose

The writings of Catholic moral theologians on abortifacient contraception are often lack readily-available information on the medical aspects of this topic, including varying rates of break-through ovulation, health benefits and risks, and the percent risks of an abortifacient event. Some … Continue reading

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Prenatal Loss with Oral Contraceptives: Low Risk?

Catholics who argue in favor of oral contraceptives often claim that the risk of a break-through ovulation, which then opens the way to possible conception and an abortifacient event, is low. There are many problems with this claim. 1. Risk … Continue reading

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Abortifacient Contraception in Cases of Rape: Theory and Practice

In cases of rape, a woman or her healthcare provider may use contraception to prevent the conception of a child as a result of the rape. This use of contraception is indirect, and therefore not intrinsically evil. Contraception is immoral … Continue reading

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Is the IUD an abortifacient?

Here are the answers from the top 5 search results at Google.com on 2018-08-09: 1. What an abortifacient is — and what it isn’t (National Catholic Reporter) Feb 20, 2012 by Jamie Manson https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/grace-margins/what-abortifacient-and-what-it-isnt “The reality is that there is … Continue reading

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Could Pope Francis be Wrong on the Death Penalty?

Pope Francis recently ordered a change to the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the subject of the death penalty. Formerly, the text read as follows: “Assuming that the guilty party’s identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional … Continue reading

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When A Spouse Refuses Sex

In the Catholic Sacrament of holy Matrimony, natural marital relations open to life is the right of the spouses. And each spouse has a duty before conscience and God to have marital relations with their mate. The primary purpose of … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on the Death Penalty

Pope Francis has ordered a change to the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the topic of the death penalty: NC Register story. The death penalty “2267. Recourse to the death penalty on the part of legitimate authority, following a … Continue reading

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More Prenatals are killed by Abortifacients than by Abortion

Edited to add: Births worldwide per year is 137 million infants. Abortifacient deaths from IUDs are 1 to 2 losses per woman per year [Mechanisms of action of intrauterine devices; Am J Obstet Gynecol 2002;187:1699-70]. Worldwide, 163 million women use … Continue reading

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An Overview of Heresy in the Church Today: Part One Moral Theology

Intrinsically evil acts An intrinsically evil act is a knowingly chosen act which is inherently ordered toward an evil moral object (a moral deprivation in the proximate end of the act). When the object is evil, the act is intrinsically … Continue reading

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More Grave Errors by E. Christian Brugger via NCRegister

In his article, Is Masturbation Always Wrong?, E. Christian Brugger proposes serious moral errors. The specific question is whether masturbation is moral for medical reasons. His answer is a mishmash of truth, distortion, and error. And in the end, he … Continue reading

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Contraception does not destroy the Unitive or Marital meanings

A set of heresies is being propagated on the topic of contraception and sexual ethics by unfaithful Catholic teachers. Previously, I wrote about the heresy claiming that contraception only applies to a valid marriage. Today, I address the claim that … Continue reading

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Which Persons Are Virgins?

According to canon lawyer Ed Peters: “a woman who has not freely engaged in penile-vaginal sexual intercourse is a ‘virgin’ while one who has engaged in that act is not.” This ridiculously narrow definition permits a woman to commit all … Continue reading

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