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Five Fat Lies in Fifty Shades of Grey

Find yourself fascinated by the prospect of the new Fifty Shades of Grey film?  Before you let your fascination run wild it may be useful to consider these ‘five fat lies’ in the film: violence is sexy, sexual brokenness is sexy, women should put up with stalkers, consent is secondary when lust is involved, and pornography is morally acceptable.
 
Interested?  Then read what Matt Fradd has to say on it inthis article at chastity.com:http://chastity.com/blog/five-fat-lies-in-fifty-shades-of-grey

Pope Francis speaks out against the redefinition of marriage and the need to protect life from conception until natural death

Pope Francis has once again spoken about the need to protect all life
 
Pope Francis has urged all Catholic people to "protect the beauty and truth of the family" and to "be a support and example for other families" as he delivered a discourse at the Mall of Asia Arena in the Philippines.
 
The pope said: "The pressures on family life today are many. Herein the Philippines, countless families are still suffering from the effects of natural disasters.The economic situation has caused families to be separated by migration and the search for employment, and financial problems strain many households.

All the pro-life facts about hormonal contraception (that you probably don't want to hear)

 
In the first of a three part series, pro-life advocate Abby Johnson challenges pro-lifers on the use of hormonal contraception and states that those who believe that life begins at conception 'MUST unequivocally oppose hormonal contraception.'
 
Abby explains that hormonal contraception does not always prevent ovulation and, as a result, hormonal methods have a backup plan which ensures the lining of the uterine wall is thinnned so that any newly conceived human being cannot implant on the wall.

Monkeys highlight the dangers of contraception

A family of stumptail macaque monkeys
 
Following his recent beatification in Rome we explored the prophetic message of Pope Paul VI in his encyclical letter,Humanae Vitae, by publishing excerpts from this great work.  Perhaps no other encyclical letter has been quite so prophetic in its predictions for society.  And in the case ofHumanae Vitae, it was the fallout from the use of contraception which served as Pope Paul VI’s focus and caused the greatest stir. 
 
Consider this paragraph from

Pope Paul VI's 'Humanae Vitae' lives on in proclaiming the trugh of human sexuality

Pope Paul VI
 
Pope Paul VI's encyclical letter 'Humanae Vitae' is a treasured document in the life of the Church, bringing the truth of human sexuality and marriage to the fore at a time when society was caught up in the throes of promscuity and contraception.
 
Here is an excerpt from this amazing work:
 
'Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection.

The battle for purity in the sexual encounter

This excellent article by Dr Edward Siri considers the ongoing battle for purity when it comes to the sexual desires of men and women. 
 
The author bases his text on the great writings of Karol Wojtyla (now Pope St John Paul II) in his bookLove and Responsibility
 
While many feel the Church has little to offer modern society in terms of the rights and wrongs of the sexual encounter, I would argue that the truth is very different, especially when you consider the writings of St John Paul II and Paul VI on the topic.

Church teaching on sexuality is not complicated, but it can be hard

Catholic News Agency explores the difficulties of the Church's teaching on sexuality and claims that, despite it's difficulties, it isn't necessarily complicated.
 
 

Synod Fathers Set an Understanding Tone as Mid-Term Report is Published

 
If I could sum up in one sentence what is contained in the Synod on Family Life’s mid-term report - as presented by the Synod’s General Reporter Cardinal Erdo - I would say: ‘Imitating the loving gaze of Christ to appreciate the difficulties experienced by many people and recognising the need to offer them companionship, in the hope that together we may experience the joy of the Gospel of the family.’
 
There are numerous reports circulating about the document, many of which are suggesting a significant change in tone with the possibility of changes in Church doctrine.

What does the Church teach about children in marriage?

 
What is the significance of the child in a marriage?
 
A child is a creature and a gift of God, which comes to earth through the love of his parents. True love does not desire a couple to be self-contained. Love opens up in the child. A child that has been conceived and born is not something "made", nor is he the sum of his paternal and maternal genes. He is a completely new and unique creature of God, equipped with his own soul. The child therefore does not belong to the parents and is not their property.

What is Christian Marriage?

 
What are the essential elements of Christian marriage?
 
(1) Unity: Marriage is a covenant that by its very nature brings about bodily, intellectual, and spiritual union between a man and a woman;
(2) Indissolubility: Marriage lasts "until death do us part";
(3) Openness to offspring: Every marriage must be open to children;
(4) Commitment to the spouse's welfare.
If one of the two spouses deliberately excludes one of the four points listed above at the time of their wedding, the sacrament of Matrimony does not take place.
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