Current Scandal and Humanae Vitae

October 14th, 2018

Friends, I think that as a result of the current Scandal even you can better understand what Sheila and I have endured for 50 years of defending Humanae Vitae: 50 years of significant rejection! Immediately after Humanae Vitae, I wrote about the need to counter the efforts to rationalize, in the worst sense of that word, the acceptance of contraception.  I advocated that adequate Catholic theology would help “the [contraception-accepting] couple to realize that their solution of one evil to counteract another tends to provide the rationalization for adultery, fornication and every other violation of the sexual order of creation as well as just about every sin imaginable” (Covenant, Christ and Contraception, Alba House, 1970, p. 126).  At about the same time, Michael F. Valente’s book was published.  He took dissent to its logical limits and proclaimed a doctrine of subjectivity in which he accepted even bestiality.

I wrote in 1971 in Theological Studies that the principles of dissent against Catholic teaching regarding marital contraception were also principles of dissent against every other aspect of sexual morality.  No one ever criticized me in public, but the book and the article did little or nothing to stop or slow the dissenter’s bandwagon.  In 1977 the Catholic Theological Society of America published a book that also accepted a truly radical subjectivity.  I can still remember that they would leave any teaching about adultery to the sociologists.  This was the horrible situation in the Church when St. John Paul II began his papacy in 1978 and made the support of Humanae Vitae the principal teaching effort of the first ten years of his pontificate. 

My point is this: It was public knowledge among the theologically educated that the acceptance of unnatural forms of birth control was at least implicitly an acceptance of sodomy and bestiality and anything imaginable provided the parties were mutually agreed and were of legal age.   Even ten years of teaching by St. John Paul II seemed to have little effect. 

Now, thanks to the outrageous pride and sins of some of those with same-sex orientation, the cancer in the Church is being recognized and steps are being taken to heal it with the radiation of the truth as well as by the surgery of public exposure.  Yes, surgery sometimes can be very smelly, and the same is true at present within the Church.

Hang in there, my friends.  Keep praying for authentic renewal within the Church from top to bottom and for the conversion of sinners, as our Lady of Fatima asked us to pray, including those in high places.  This is a wonderful time in the Church. We cannot pray too much for the cleansing to be authentic and thorough.
John F. Kippley

Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach

October 7th, 2018

Natural Family Planning International is different from every other NFP organization because of our completeness.  That’s why we title our NFP manual as Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach.

Chapter 1 is an evangelical effort that places the teaching of Humanae Vitae in the context of faith in the Church based on the Last Supper promises of the Lord Jesus.  It offers theological support for Humanae Vitae through the covenant theology of  the marriage act.  For more on that, see my Sex and the Marriage Covenant: A Basis for Morality (Ignatius, 2005).  This is the theology that helped to persuade Kimberly and Scott Hahn to accept Catholic teaching on birth control when they were still Protestants, and that was their first step toward full communion with the Church.  See their Rome Sweet Home.

Chapter 6 deals with Ecological Breastfeeding.  This is the most natural of all the forms of birth spacing.  And it DOES work when properly understood and practiced.  For more on that, see The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding (Lulu 2008).

The how-to chapters are based on the crosschecking system refined by Dr. Konald A. Prem, then a professor of OB and Gyn at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Except for the witness statements in Chapter 7, the text is in Q and A format, thus making it easy to read and understand.  It also has a comprehensive index.

The NFPI website has a trove of information for anyone interested in the various aspects of natural family planning.

John F. Kippley, President
NFP International

Natural Family Planning and Ecological Breastfeeding

September 30th, 2018

Recently I reviewed two websites and one recently published book.  I was happy to see that Ecological Breastfeeding was mentioned in all three, but I was disappointed that this type of breastfeeding was not defined.  I clicked “ecological breastfeeding” where it was highlighted at the two websites, but the referred “clicking” site did not define eco-breastfeeding.  Ecological breastfeeding was mentioned in the text of the book because it provides “a period of amenorrhea from one year to three.”  That sentence led to a footnote where exclusive breastfeeding for six months is mentioned.  But eco-breastfeeding is more than just 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding.

In the past I have referred to the ecological breastfeeding pie which has 7 pieces.  Exclusive breastfeeding is only one piece of this pie.

In the past the Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM) has been lumped together with eco-breastfeeding even though both are different.  Also in the past, NFP teachers have defined LAM wrongly.

My main point in this blog is to encourage those who promote breastfeeding infertility—whether it be LAM or eco-breastfeeding—to define it and to do so correctly.

For those interested in good definitions of each, I would encourage teachers to use the NFPI teaching manual, Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach.  To study the importance and the research of the Seven Standards of eco-breastfeeding, I would encourage teachers to read The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding because this book is a short easy read, inexpensive and also available as an ebook.  This book was written for those who say that breastfeeding certainly does not work as a birth spacer.  The teaching manual just mentioned above is also inexpensive and can be obtained as an ebook.

Sheila Kippley