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The Chickens Come Home to Roost: Contraception

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

The big news in our Cincinnati neighborhood is that the Catholic girls’ high school just down the street is closing.  After 102 years of educating girls on the west side of Cincinnati, its school population will no longer support this large school.

The official reason is that the Archdiocese of Cincinnati conducted a population survey and concluded that the declining number of students in its feeder schools no longer could support three Catholic girls’ high schools on this side of town, so one of them had to close.  The rationale for selecting our local school for closure has to do with things not relevant to this commentary.

The real reason is Comfortable Catholic Contraception.  Obviously, the local Church has not done a good job of teaching and preaching the truths of Humanae Vitae.  And its failure is not a secret.

In 1978, our oldest daughter was a freshman at this school, so early in the fall we went through the ritual “follow-your-daughter’s-schedule” evening.  When we visited her religion classroom and teacher, I asked this diocesan priest if he would be teaching about Humanae Vitae, and he replied that he would be teaching both sides of the issue.  I asked him if he would make any effort to teach the truths affirmed by the encyclical and to point out the errors of the dissenters.  He replied that he would not.

In 1972, I was teaching theology at a local college that was in the process of changing from all-girls to coed population.  After class one day, a student told me, “Mr. Kippley, you are the first person I have ever heard say a good word about Humanae Vitae.” Now, get the rest of this as she continued.  “In my school the priest came in to talk about it.  He showed us the little encyclical booklet, and then he showed us a stack of books by the dissenters.”  Essentially, he was teaching dissent from Catholic teaching right within that at least nominally Catholic school.

So I asked her where she want to high school, but she wouldn’t say.  “I don’t want you checking up on this, and besides, it wouldn’t make any difference.  I’ve talked with other girls in the dorm and all of them had the same experience.”

This is the situation that Pope John Paul II inherited when he was elected to the papacy in 1978.  For the first ten years of his pontificate, his primary issue was the truth of Humanae Vitae.  He made inroads, but the blockade set by the dissenters, including many priests and Catholic educators, prevented him from having any marked success.  It takes at least 2.1 children per fertile-age woman for any given civilization to survive, and about 2.4 children per married woman.

One of the biggest successes of St. John Paul II occurred in 1989.  In that year a committee of the U.S. Bishops issued a booklet on marriage preparation.  It urged that every engaged couple should be required to attend a full course on natural family planning, but it was mostly ignored.  Twenty years later, only a half dozen dioceses were implementing that recommendation.  It’s about 20 now, still a small fraction of the U.S. dioceses.  So when you see one school after another closing  and then one church after another closing , you really can’t say, “Hey, they put up a good fight but the secular culture was just too strong.”  No, it would be more accurate to say that they didn’t want to put on the gloves, with a few exceptions.

A priest in the Diocese of Peoria was forced by declining population and revenues to close his parish school, but he wasn’t afraid to tell why.  At the parish website, he posted a letter that clearly spelled out that Comfortable Catholic Contraception was the culprit.  When a parishioner strongly objected to the school closing, the pastor asked him how many children he had.  Two.  Case closed.

John F. Kippley

Abortion and 9/11: Trump or Hillary

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

In the last debate, Donald Trump did well to point out one of the consequences of Hillary Clinton’s pro-abortion stance—namely, that babies can be ripped from the mother’s womb right up to the end of the ninth month of pregnancy.

However, he failed to teach the enormity of abortion in these United States of America. He would have done well to point out that the number of babies killed each day by abortion in this country is greater than the number of adults killed by the terrorists’ attacks in New York and elsewhere on 9/11/2001. In other words, the liberals and their abortionists do a 9/11 slaughter each and every day against unborn babies.

That means that a vote for Hillary is a vote to continue the daily 9/11 attack on unborn babies.

Those of us who are acquainted with the history of Israel, especially as given through the prophets, know that God more than once allowed the Chosen People to be defeated in battle and even exiled because of their failure to be faithful to their calling.

If this country votes to continue the daily 9/11 terrorist attack on innocent unborn babies, how can we expect the Lord to protect us adults from more terrorism? To put it another way, if this country votes to continue to invite God’s corrective action against this tremendous injustice, how long can we expect Him not to respond to this collective invitation?

In this year of mercy, I am convinced that we need to demonstrate mercy to the unborn by voting for Donald Trump regardless of his many shortcomings.

John F. Kippley

Natural Family Planning or the Pill with its Depression

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Women taking the pill are more likely to experience depression.  Danish study of one-million young adult women found that those on the combined pill were 23% more likely to be prescribed antidepressants…usually within six months of starting the pill.  Those on progestin-only pills were 34% more likely to take antidepressants than those not on hormonal contraception.  This study found that women taking implants, patches and IUDs were also affected. (“Association of Hormonal Contraception with Depression,” JAMA Psychiatry, September 2016.)

To learn natural family planning, take the Home Study Course or read Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach.

Sheila Kippley