Archive for September, 2018

Natural Family Planning and Ecological Breastfeeding

Sunday, 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

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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The Scandal of 2018

Sunday, September 16th, 2018

I think the only appropriate reaction to the revelation of the sexual abuse scandal is sadness.  Sadness for Pope Francis.  Sadness for the Church. Sadness for all those who have been adversely affected by sins and coverups dating back even to the Sixties.

The John Jay Report showed that in 1960 and again in 1968-69 there was a big spike in the number of “first experience” by homosexual priests.  That is, as they saw the widespread acceptance of the Pill and the whole Sexual Revolution in 1960, they apparently concluded that the acceptance of anything and everything applied to them as well.  In 1968, they could rationalize that such behaviors had been authorized by the widespread rejection of Humanae Vitae and traditional morality right within the Church. This whole unhappy scene stems from the widespread dissent from Humanae Vitae.

Some will rightly argue that in the case of the priests using minors, that was not only a crime but a wrongful use of influence and power.  I agree, but I think it is quite possible for these guys to have rationalized that what they were doing power-wise was like parents who use influence to get their kids to eat their veggies.  I mean, if these guys really believed that sodomy is a good thing, it is very possible that they rationalized that they were just sharing something good.  Perverse?  Of course.  But that’s what happens when a person lets the idol of sex become the Principle of his or her decision-making.  In 1971, Theological Studies published my article, “Continued Dissent: Is It Responsible Loyalty?” in which I showed that the decision-making principles published by archdissenter Father Charles Curran could not say NO to spouse-swapping. I am not aware of any published criticism of that article, and no one criticized me personally.

What can we do?  What every Catholic needs to do is to heed the request of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima 101 years ago:  pray the rosary every day for world peace, for the conversion of Russia and for the conversion of sinners all throughout the world.  And we can add a special emphasis for all the conversions necessary at every level within the Church.

John F. Kippley