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More on contraception outside of marriage

Pope Benedict XVI’s comment about condoms is in itself not very interesting. He merely notes that the intention to avoid disease transmission — out of concern for other persons — is a good intention. But of course one good font, … Continue reading

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contraception outside of marriage

Over at, I’ve now posted my second article in a series on contraception: Contraception and Heresy — Part 2 the use of contraception outside of marriage In that article, I refute the claim made by Jimmy Akin and a … Continue reading

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Books to Prepare for Catholic Marriage

Books I’ve written, which would be excellent for Catholic couples preparing to marry. 1. Roman Catholic Marital Sexual Ethics The first three chapters cover the basics of Catholic moral teaching. Then the book delves into abortion, contraception, artificial procreation (IVF … Continue reading

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What Does Jimmy Akin teach on Contraception?

Initially, Akin taught the correction position on contraception, that its use is intrinsically evil and always gravely immoral, even outside marriage. In 2004, Akin simply taught that contraception is a grave sin: “The sinfulness of contraception has been infallibly proposed … Continue reading

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Smith on Abortifacient Contraception

The book “Self-Gift” is theologian Janet E. Smith’s love letter to abortifacient contraception. The book discusses “infertility-causing hormones” and “contracepting hormones” never mentioning that chemical contraceptives are abortifacients. Smith utterly fails to take the deaths of innocent prenatals into account … 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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Two Versions of Church Teaching on Contraception

Version A: Contraception is intrinsically evil and gravely immoral, regardless of marital state. It is any act which deprives sexual intercourse of its procreative finality (i.e. its openness to life), regardless of whether the persons engaging in sex are married … Continue reading

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The Validity of Marriage and Procreation

Consider the following scenarios: 1. After the couple have been married for some time, the husband commits adultery and runs off with his adulteress. The marriage remains valid, as adultery cannot nullify a valid Sacrament. The innocent spouse cannot remarry. … Continue reading

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Church Teaching on Unnatural Acts in Marriage

The Church condemns the use of contraception, even in marriage, because contraception deprives sexual acts of their procreative finality. The Church condemns homosexual acts mainly because these acts “close the sexual act to the gift of life”. But unnatural sexual … Continue reading

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Three Proposed Dubia on Contraception

DUBIA D. 1. Whether the teaching of the Magisterium condemning contraception as intrinsically evil is to be understood as applying only to its use in marital intercourse. D. 2. Whether the teaching of the Magisterium condemning contraception as intrinsically evil … Continue reading

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Catholic Moral Theology: the Marriage Debt

The marriage debt is the mutual obligation that the spouses have, within a valid marriage (natural or supernatural) to have marital relations. The term is based on an Epistle of St. Paul in the New Testament: [1 Corinthians 7] {7:1} … Continue reading

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Dr. Ed Peters’ heretical position on Contraception

There is more than one way to assert a heresy. The simplest way is to directly contradict an infallible magisterial teaching. But another way is to substantially distort an infallible magisterial teaching. That latter form of heresy is what I’m … Continue reading

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