Archive for the ‘Priests & Parishes’ Category

Breastfeeding and the Theology of the Body

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

In the light of the Scandal, it’s a good time to remind ourselves that the vast majority of priests, probably at least 95%, are truly good men. Here are comments about Breastfeeding and Catholic Motherhood (2005) by some priests including a bishop and a cardinal. In this book the theology of the body is applied to that wonderful bodily act of breastfeeding.

“Thank you very much for sending me your Breastfeeding and Catholic Motherhood. You have done much good in this area where all too little has been done through the years. I found it very enlightening.”
Fr. Paul B. Marx, OSB

“This book was an eye-opener for me.”
Fr. Bill McCarthy
My Father’s House Spiritual Life and Retreat Center
Moodus, CT

“It is with great pleasure that I send you the Foreword as my contribution for your new book in your continual efforts to sustain motherhood in one of its fundamental tasks.”
+Alfonso Cardinal López Trujillo
President, Pontifical Council for the Family

“By skillfully weaving together Scripture, scientific research and anecdotal evidence, Sheila Kippley has fashioned a solid case for what our grandmothers knew from experience: A breastfed baby makes for a happy, well-adjusted adult. Would that mothers today would rediscover this important secret!”
Bishop Victor Galeone
Episcopal Moderator for NFP
USCCB Pro-Life Activities Committee

“With easy-to-read simplicity and an eye for the basics, Kippley gives us a balance of religious truth, scientific facts, and practical advice. Present this book as a gift to a pregnant woman, if you wish to affirm in love a mother and her child.”
Fr. William D. Virtue
Author, Mother and Infant

“Your book gets a much needed message out to the public. It is something a good priest should know and where he can point people to learn more.”
Fr. David V. Meconi, S.J.
Teacher, writer

Sheila Kippley
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Natural Family Planning and the Church

Sunday, August 26th, 2018


The Church needs to recognize that there are two distinct forms of natural birth spacing—Ecological Breastfeeding and Systematic NFP.  Any definition of NFP that does not include  Ecological Breastfeeding does not correspond to the full reality.

In the “NFP movement,” breastfeeding tends to be treated more as a charting problem than something to be encouraged and as the healthiest form of baby care.  Not only teachers but every NFP student should learn the tremendous health benefits of breastfeeding AND that the frequency of Ecological Breastfeeding actually DOES act as an abstinence-free natural baby spacer.

I am convinced that the Church has a responsibility to share in the public health effort to increase breastfeeding of any sort and secondly to extend its duration.  The AAP recently came out with another effort to promote breastfeeding.  Also, a recent Dutch journal dealing with lung health strongly opposed formula-feeding for families with a history of asthma.  It speculated whether formula should be by prescription-only for such families.

If the Church has a responsibility to inform its members about the health benefits of breastfeeding, where can that be done better than in pre-marriage preparation and especially within a required NFP course?

John F. Kippley



Things That Need to be Said About the Scandal

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

Don’t judge the Church by those who do not accept and live by its teachings.

Judge the Church by those who accept and follow its teachings.  They live holy lives.  Only a few of them are canonized saints.  The vast majority of them are ordinary men and women including bishops, priests, and religious, both men and women, and many lay persons.  All of them lived by the teachings of the Church and thus lived holy lives.

Some will find that the horrible examples of some bishops and priests provide a temptation to leave the Church.  Again, don’t let other sinners lead you away from the Church.  The gospel words of Peter to Jesus are tremendously relevant.  “You have the words of eternal life (John 6:69).

Regarding Scripture, remember 1 Cor 12:26:  “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.”

Apply this to the Mystical Body of Christ. By living the Commandments of love, we help to build up the Church. When married couples practice marital chastity, they provide spiritual help for our priests to remain faithful to their promises of chaste celibacy. But for the last 50 years, it has been increasingly the Catholic thing to follow the dissenters and practice marital unchastity via the use of unnatural forms of birth control. This has contributed to the sins of those called to be our leaders. That is, when most of the married folks are sinning, the whole body suffers.

John Kippley