2015 Articles by Conference Speakers

Theology of the Body and Diocesan Ministry by Ed Hopfner, MA

Life-changing!” That’s how one of my former students described her experience with Pope Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. “After my divorce, I was pretty down and got into some ‘bad habits,’ then I came across the Theology of the Body — it transformed how I was living, and... [Read more...]

Male and Female He Created Them by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

The title comes from Genesis 1:27: “God created man in His image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” This is the pattern that God stamped into creation at the very beginning, and is the basis for the spirituality of what the Church refers to as “responsible... [Read more...]

Stewardship of the Environment by Lynn Keenan, MD

In Laudato Si‘, Pope Francis reflects on the words of Pope Benedict XVI—He observed that the world cannot be analyzed by isolating only one of its aspects, since “the book of nature is one and indivisible”, and includes the environment, life, sexuality, the family, social relations,... [Read more...]

Conference Participants Share Their Thoughts

Male and Female He Created Them was one of the most impressive conferences I have ever attended: informative, engaging, and an opportunity to network with experts across the field of NFP and bioethics. It is almost impossible to single out one presentation for praise, though Ed Hopfner’s session... [Read more...]

Spirituality of NFP by Archbishop Cordileone

So you see, it all fits together: respect for God’s plan for marriage leads to a greater respect for life; living that plan cannot but engender a love for God, and therefore a desire for God, and for friendship with Christ; friendship with Christ naturally leads one to seek incorporation as a member... [Read more...]

Un Camino Que Vale la Pena Recorrer: la Vida, la Libertad y el Surgimiento del Feminismo Provida, por Fiorella Nash

Yo argumentaría que la separación entre la procreación y la actividad sexual, lejos de libera a la mujer, podría muy bien ser la mala idea que ha causado el mayor sufrimiento para la mujer en los últimos cincuenta años, y sea por medio de la procreación sin el sexo o por el sexo sin la posibilidad... [Read more...]

Inspiring Confidence in Marriage by Alice Heinzen

Several years ago, my parents took my siblings and me skiing in CO for the first time. Dad was an expert skier and had high hopes that his children would also find great joy in this sport. He did all he could to get us excited about skiing in the mountains. He told us remarkable stories about his skiing... [Read more...]

Wake Up Call by Lynn Keenan, MD

Recently a person very dear to me had a potentially serious side effect from the oral contraceptive. She has since quit the Pill, learned to chart, and has a whole new perspective on family planning. Previously she had been quite content with oral contraceptives, as were most of her college friends –-... [Read more...]

Fr. Gonzalez Breaking the Silence by Rev. Marcos Gonzalez

I was ordained in 1994. While I was aware of the Church’s teaching on birth control when I entered the seminary, it didn’t exactly make “my radar” of important topics I would have to address as a priest. Overall I felt this was a question for couples to decide on their own. If asked, I would... [Read more...]

Discovering NFP by Fiorella Nash

It is a cause of some embarrassment to me to admit that I had no idea what NFP was until I went to university – and that was after spending between the ages of five and seventeen at Catholic schools. In Personal and Social Health Education (sex ed) class, we spent about fifteen minutes being told that... [Read more...]

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