Archive for 2018

My Opposition to the Death Penalty in Contemporary America

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

I was recently offered a polite challenge to my opposition to the death penalty, and on the spot I did not spell it out well. My current thinking is based on three considerations

Social. In a former age, the criminal guilty of a capital crime was, in my opinion, more guilty of his outrageous behavior. Within my lifetime, however, the educational, judicial, and political systems have become more complicit in these crimes. The legal system has expelled religion and religious morality from the public school system in which the vast majority of American youth are educated. To paraphrase Romans 10:14ff, how can we expect people to believe and to do what is right if we do not instruct them? Public education has not only become complicit but teaches an intellectual and moral vacuum in which there is no objective truth, everything is subjective and there are no moral absolutes. Yes, the natural law is still written in the heart of every person, but the dominant cultural forces are combined to treat the silent entreaties in the heart as old fashioned taboos. The judicial system still permits the killing of the most innocent citizens at will; in fact such permission to kill the innocent is a foundation of the current Democratic Party. This combination has given us a culture that is toxic to basic morality. As Dostoyevsky had one of characters say, “If there is no God, you can do anything.” Thus society at large has to bear the burden of the humane imprisonment of those who commit capital crimes.

Repentance. I publish a rosary booklet (The Seven Day Bible Rosary) and offer it free to prisoners. I have distributed hundreds of these and have received only one letter saying “I didn’t do it,” and that was from a man on death row. Another death row prisoner made no such comment. Others have told me specifically that being sent to prison was the best thing that has ever happened to them. Without being specific, they admit that they had been living sinful lives. Now they are reading a Catholic newspaper in which I advertise and asking for something to help them pray the rosary. Some of these have had their first encounter with the Catholic faith in prison; others were raised in Catholic families but ignored what they were taught. Some have told me that it has taken years for them to get to this stage of repentance. Life imprisonment gives some prisoners the time they need to repent and grow in holiness.

Spiritual warfare. There is a spiritual warfare going on between the Lord Jesus and Satan for every person. Jesus gave his life for my sins, the sins of everyone who reads this, and also for the sins of every other sinner, some of whose sins are not only very serious but also public knowledge. I do not want Satan to win any of these battles— which he might do if some criminals are put to death before they repent.

The bottom line: Please join many prisoners who are praying the rosary every day as Our Lady of Fatima has asked us to do—for world peace, for the conversion of Russia, and for the conversion of sinners all throughout the world. I can hear it already, “Those folks have nothing but time on their hands but I am too busy.” It is a rare day when a person who wants to honor Mary’s request cannot find the time to do so. The daily commute provides many with plenty of rosary time. And the list of opportunities goes on.
The above was first written November 27, 2015. Obviously, I am in great agreement with some of the thinking of Pope Francis.

However, when he changes the text of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to reflect this, I have to interpret that in the way stated by a Dominican theologian who says the changed text is a pastoral statement, not a matter of doctrine. That is, it may be considered widely applicable in developed economies which have prisons in which inmates can live out a lifelong sentence. That may not hold true in some developing countries that would have a very hard time providing food, shelter, medical attention, and sufficient security for a life-sentenced criminal. It may not always hold true even in developed countries when a convicted murderer manages to murder one of his guards. Perhaps the certainty of a death at a certain date might help such a person prepare to meet his Creator and Judge.
—John F. Kippley, August 5, 2018,
https://johnkippley.com/the-seven-day-bible-rosary/

Natural Family Planning with Ecological Breastfeeding

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Many of my Catholic friends and readers have enjoyed the natural spacing of births.  Many engaged couples who take the NFPI Home Study Course learn about eco-breastfeeding for the first time.  Unfortunately, Natural Family Planning International is the only NFP organization in our country that promotes and teaches Ecological Breastfeeding.

That’s because  many persons still do not believe that breastfeeding spaces babies.  I wrote The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding  for such people.   Each chapter is devoted to one Standard and presents the research for that Standard.  The book is inexpensive and an easy read.  In Cincinnati we give this book free to those who attend the NFPI classes.  We encourage you to purchase the book for yourself or for others, and especially for those involved in marriage preparation.

And please join us in praying that the Couple to Couple League and every NFP organization will soon promote and teach Ecological Breastfeeding.  There is no good reason not to do so.

Sheila Kippley
The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding: The Frequency Factor

 

Natural Family Planning with Ecological Breastfeeding

Monday, August 6th, 2018

From those of other religions:

Protestant mother wrote“I have just finished reading The Seven Standards.  It is immeasurably wonderful to have all of my mothering instincts validated in a society where formula companies and contraceptive manufacturers are using gorilla tactics to scare women into feeling guilty for not using their products…We did not conceive until I weaned our son at 14 months.  We have begun reading the NFPI manual, Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach.  We are both thoroughly enjoying eco-breastfeeding.  We take our baby everywhere and both enjoy the extra cuddling at night, especially my husband who commutes an hour each direction to work everyday and misses the children sorely 5 days a week.  Your book and website are truly a blessing to our whole family, offering us invaluable support in our battle to raise our family with God’s will and His plan instead of giving in to social pressure.  Thank you, thank, thank you.  PS:  Although we are Protestant (Anglican), I gleefully informed my husband that the Pope wants me to take a nap everyday with my babies and now have his full support….”

As a Protestant, eco-breastfeeding had never been presented to my husband and me as a logical way to have a family.  Many of my acquaintances are put on the IUD right after their first baby, and I think it’s a shame. God intended His way of spacing little ones.”

“I am a Christian mother of 3 boys, 8, 4, and 2.  When we attended the Natural Family Planning classes, I read information about ecological breastfeeding.  It made sense so I applied it.  I nursed my first son until he was 21 months old.  My cycle returned when he was 22 months old.  We wanted to get pregnant soon so our children would be spaced nicely, but we didn’t get pregnant for almost a year.  I nursed the second boy until he was 2 years old, and likewise my cycle did not return until 20 months after he was born.  After my 3rd child was born, my cycle returned at 18 months.  I am a believer that it works!  Not only does it work, but it is rewarding and fulfilling to completely give yourself to this helpless little baby.”

“My religion, Islam, encourages breastfeeding for two years and, according to some Muslim scholars, allows birth control to be practiced within that two-year period.  I feel that so many people ignore breastfeeding as a form of natural child spacing.  The techniques you describe are entirely compatible with my religion.”

Sheila Kippley
The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding: The Frequency Factor