Archive for October, 2016

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

Natural Family Planning and Luke 11:46

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

The Gospel reading for Wednesday, October 12, 2016, was Luke 11:46, and it reminded me why I became involved with teaching natural family planning.  In fact, if it were not for that verse, I might never have had the pleasure of knowing many of those who will read this blog.

It all started with the dissent from Humanae Vitae in the summer of 1968.  When I read the encyclical, I thought it was good, but it didn’t get me excited.  But when I read the dissent, I was appalled.  The dissenters leaned heavily on the majority report of the Papal Birth Control Commission which the Pope had received in 1966.  Briefly, its rationale for saying that the Church could and should approve of contraception was fatally flawed.  It could not say a firm NO to sodomy.

In that light, I thought that Pope Paul VI should have taken about one day to read and digest the reports and then one week to prepare a logical rejection.  Then he should have announced that the arguments used by the proponents of marital contraception could not say NO even to sodomy and were therefore completely unacceptable.  I thought he should have said that all speculation that the Church could change its teaching on these matters should cease, and I think he should have promised a more complete response in the near future.  But, unfortunately, he waited many months, and the proponents of contraception continued to prepare Catholics for the change they wanted and expected.

My response to this situation was to write a book that not only defended the teaching of Humanae Vitae with a positive, covenant understanding of the marriage act but also analyzed the arguments of the dissenters.  I found them worthless from the perspective of Christian discipleship.  Alba House published it as Covenant, Christ and Contraception in the spring of 1970.

Then, from somewhere in the depths of my memory the text of Luke 11:46 arose and confronted me.  “Woe also to you, scholars of the law!  You impose burdens hard to carry, but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them..”  I had done my best to affirm what many were calling a great burden.  I don’t think I had previously given any thought to providing the practical help of NFP, but now I knew I had to do something.

Providentially, Sheila was already working on her book, Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing, and we had learned about the cross-checking sympto-thermal system from an article by Dr. Konald A. Prem.  We met with him in June of 1971, and that fall we founded the Couple to Couple League and began teaching.

We thought we were done teaching some 32 years later when we and the League separated in 2003, but the next year we saw CCL beginning to make significant changes.  Within a few years, they rejected all three of the founding charisms—ecological breastfeeding, the covenant theology of the marriage act, and Dr. Prem’s version of the STM.  That’s why we formed NFP International and continue with the original teachings on which CCL was founded.

If you have ever been helped by any of those founding charisms, please join me in thanking the Lord Jesus for teaching as he did in Luke 11:46.  And please help us to continue those teachings through the work of NFP International at http://nfpandmore.org/missionhelp.shtml.

John F. Kippley, October 13, 2016