Pope outlines several new types of contraception for Catholics.

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Listening in the Desert


In an unprecedented interview yesterday Pope Francis reminded Catholics that they are not supposed to “breed like rabbits” and then went on to outline several newly acceptable forms of contraception.

When asked about birth control by Italian journalist Dolmio De Fungi, the Holy Father said “We should not be breeding like rabbits” and then unusually went onto clarify: “When I say ‘we’ I mean ‘you’, not me – I’m the Pope, and besides, we are both men!”

The Holy Father then went on to say “There are several types of Vatican approved contraception available to Catholics that are completely in line with Gods plan for Marriage and Family life: Dressing gown and slippers for example.”

When asked how reliable ‘dressing gown and slippers’ was in regards to limiting pregnancies within marriage, the Pope answered “Remarkably effective. Scientific studies show that when used in conjunction with other acceptable forms of contraception…

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10 Ways that science is proving the Church is right…

I have not posted in a while, but this was received by a friend, and needs to be sent out!

(Don’t skip #1 – not talked about as much)
The values espoused by the Church can seem harsh and even unfair in our live-and-let-live ethos. It’s understandable that many today believe that the Church is out of step with the modern world and that its teachings are no longer relevant.

But what is amazing (and certainly unintentional) is the fact that modern science — which so many assume is the antithesis or even enemy of Catholic teaching —actually bears out the truth and value and relevance of what the Church has taught for 2,000 years. Here are ten examples to illustrate my point.

  1. The Church teaches that pride is the root of all vices. Research studies in psychology show that narcissism and irrational thinking are on the rise, especially in our younger generation, and are creating a “community” that is disjointed, disenchanted and confused. The traits of narcissists — self-centeredness, inflated self-esteen, lack of empathy, aggressiveness – are harmful to others, to society, and eventually to the narcissists themselves.
  2. The Church teaches that gluttony and sloth undermine the values of food and rest, creating unhealthy conditions that threaten the mind, body and soul. The “Journal of the American Medical Association” reports that almost 70 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, that obesity is a significant threat to mental and physical health and will soon overtake smoking as the leading cause of death.
  3. The Church teaches that lust involves treating the human body as a physical commodity rather than as an aspect of the whole human person — an inseparable body, mind and soul — who is the masterpiece of God’s creation and who will live forever. Currently, profits from pornography in the United States exceed the combined revenues of CBS, ABC and NBC (Kimmel, 2008).
  4. The Church teaches that a valid marriage is forever and indissoluble. Science tells us that growing up in an intact family with one’s biological parents who are married to eachother confers the greatest benefit to children and other arrangements result in varying degrees of social, psychological, emotional and academic harm.
  5. The Church teaches that artificial birth control violates the natural law. The World Health Organization classifies oral contraceptives as Class One carcinogens (that is, known to cause cancer in humans), like asbestos, radon, and plutonium, except that contraceptives are far more prevalent.
  6. The Church teaches that fear prevents love and that, above all, we should trust in God’s providential care and not be afraid. Studies show that anxiety is the number one psychological complaint in youth and adults (see, e.g., Cartwright-Hatton, McNicol, & Doubleday, 2006; Muris & Steerneman, 2001). At unhealthy levels, anxiety is associated with a myriad of negative health outcomes.
  7. The Church teaches that homosexual acts are not a healthy expression of human sexuality. An “International Journal of Epidemiology” review of studies finds that the risk of HIV transmission is 18 times greater during anal intercourse than vaginal intercourse.
  8. The Church teaches that all human life is precious, from conception to natural death, and that each person is deserving of our love and care. The American Psychological and Psychiatric Associations strongly condemn discrimination against those with disabilities whose medical care, happiness and livelihood are often threatened by others (but, curiously, they support the “right” to abort persons with disabilities).
  9. The Church teaches that sex before marriage undermines the loving union and well-being of each individual and the couple as a whole. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that sexually active adolescents are more likely than their abstinent peers to be depressed and suicidal, to use illicit substances, and are at significant risk of acquiring one or more sexually transmitted diseases, many of which are incurable.
  10. The Church teaches that greed creates a society in which some people are exploited for others’ gains and those who are exploited struggle to meet basic needs. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the gap continues to widen between rich and poor in this country. This is also the case worldwide, where the disparity between the gross domestic product of the 20 richest and 20 poorest nations more than doubled between 1960 and 1995.

Many people would prefer to avoid topics like greed, lust, pride, birth control and gluttony. It’s awkward and “judgmental” to raise moral issues. But if we truly care for the well-being of our families and friends now and in eternity, as well as the future of society, we need to have honest conversations, at appropriate times. Thankfully, we can now begin these conversations with the findings of science, which people today accept more readily as truth than the teachings of Our Lord and the Church He founded.


(this is only part of the article – can be found on the link)



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Thanks to ST John Cantius!

Reproductive Health Facility Anthony J. Caruso, MD

While concern about women’s “reproductive health” is usually coded language for easy access to abortion

and contraception, in reality it should just be medical care to facilitate reproduction and health. The Catholic

Church promotes this through support of Natural Family Planning and fertility treatments which do not

include immoral methods.

NFP requires no drugs, expensive treatments, or devices other than a thermometer; promotes partner bonding

through charting, communication, and periods of abstinence; does not affect future fertility; and can actually

be used to truly “plan parenthood”! Acceptable fertility treatments do not include artificial insemination,

IVF, sperm and egg donations, and surrogate mothers.

Downers Grove is blessed to have a new medical practice that promotes the Catholic vision of reproductive

health for women. Anthony J Caruso, MD and Robert C Lawler, MD have opened Downers Grove OB/GYN.

The office offers women a warm, supportive environment. The idea is to preserve women’s fertility when

they are young, follow them through the creation of their families, and offer a gentle means to ease into the

changes of life. They will not offer artificial contraception, support all means of NFP, no sterilization, no IVF

or Artificial insemination. The center is open to all people of all faiths, and seeks to develop an ongoing professional

relationship that stretches across the reproductive life span. Give them a call and make an appointment

Downers Grove OBGYN

1121 Warren Ave Suite 200

Downers Grove, IL 60515


The website www.downersgroveob.com…will be up this weekend, God Willing!

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The Fornight for freedom

Last Saturday, on the Solemnity of St Thomas More and St John Fisher, the second fortnight for freedom began. It is a time for prayer, education and action. Of course, the prayer is for our country, which is seemingly racing towards a culture that most faithful people cannot possibly recognize.

It was only a few weeks ago, that Washington turned around and made Plan B available to essentially anyone who wishes.

And today. Same Sex Marriage took a huge step forward with the supreme court ruling that Proposition 8 had no standing and essentially killing DOMA

Soon, we should have a ruling about what companies can opt out of the Contraceptive Mandate. Given recent events, can we expect anything different?

No matter what denomination you are, the fact that you believe in a good and gracious God should bring you to a sincere desire to commune with Him.

This country was brought about with a clear understanding that all things come from God, and that there is a natural law that should not be broken. We need to pray that the country comes back to this understanding.


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Te Deum Laudamus!

Today, I am overjoyed to announce that Downers Grove OB/GYN PC will officially open on July 1, 2013. This has come after many days of hope and disappointment, and is a true measure of God’s time and  Will.

This day could not have come without the will and direction of Jesus Christ, the support of the Holy Spirit and the intercessions of the dear Virgin Mary our Queen. St Joseph and St Michael have been instrumental, and my Guardian Angel has worked overtime.

I have been praying for the development of a center that would be responsive to the increasing number of women seeking natural means to preserve their fertility. I have been inspired by the Ethical and Religious Directives of the Catholic Church and have been speaking out about the issues of the Commodification of Life for more than a year.

Then came the possibility of a group that would breathe financial life into the St Anne’s Center. We danced for about a year or so, but in the end we had irreconcilable differences that could have been the results of the Evil One, or the work of the Lord. The fact that once we broke away, we were able to line up the funds to start fairly quickly might give you an indication……

However, we were only able to completely develop the center over the last couple of days, and the last agreement was signed this morning.

SO…here it is…a center that will offer women a warm, supportive environment, offering the complete range of women’s health care from adolescence through menopause. The idea is to preserve women’s fertility when they are young, follow them through the creation of their families, and offer a gentle means to ease into the changes of life. We will not offer artificial contraception, support all means of NFP (actually offer an oasis for teachers as well as seminars and networking), no sterilization, no IVF or Artificial insemination. The center is open to all people of all faiths, and seeks to develop an ongoing professional relationship that stretches across the reproductive life span. I will be joined in this apostolate by Dr Robert Lawler, a friend and brother in the Faith who will bring his own brand of excellent care to the clinic

Appointments can be made through 630-312-8008. We have a great woman, Jillian, who will start calling people on the list developed through this number starting Monday to offer appointment times. A facebook page and a web site are under development, and will be available soon. In the next week or two our phones will be installed (as well as the internet) and we will be moving into our office at 1121 Warren Street, suite 200 Downers Grove, IL

Once the phones are installed, we will be getting a new office number. There had been some stories that the number would not change. However, just like moving from a home, the 312-8008 number will work for a time.

I cannot begin to thank the many people who have prayed and hoped for this development all over the world. May God bless you all abundantly!.. I will continue to write here for a time, and when the new web site is developed (which might have the URL Stannecenter.com…wouldn’t that be a hoot) I will start to make announcements there.

Thanks and may God be blessed!

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It was my hope to make a joyous announcement this morning. But, as I realized last night that the information was not breaking the way I thought, I turned my thoughts to the men who were turning their lives totally over to God, and remembered that the best things in life come when one turns themselves over to Christ and His will.

About little more than a month ago, everything was going swimmingly. Our possible office was slowly taking shape, and we thought the “money” was beginning to line up. My business partner (or colleague) and I were kicking the tires on our formal contract, and we were eagerly anticipating the Service contract from our benefactors.

Then the bottom fell out. The Contract that arrived was totally unexpected. It spoke of a model of business which on the one side would potentially be restrictive, and on the other side, may not be consistent with Illinois precedent. We had a conference call where we made out counter proposal…and then, silence.

I cannot go into more detail than that, mostly because they are not my experiences to tell.

However….we are at this juncture. God has definitely made His time known, and, as we move closer, as one would expect, it gets a little more difficult.

But, there is light at the end of the tunnel. There should be a settlement soon, and that will let us move forward…. we have leads on the true funds that we need, and we need prayers that their hearts will be fully emblazoned by the Holy Spirit.

We should be able to take appointments in about 2 weeks. If you have called the number (630-312-8008) then you should get a call. If you have left an email on the web site, you might not hear….as it is not under “our” control


There will be updates as the information comes in!

God Bless Fr Robin Kwan, and Rev Frs, Robin and Joshua Caswell and Kevin Mann. You are an inspiration to us all


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For Greater Glory

Today, we celebrate the feast of St. Christopher Magallanes and Companions, martyrs.

It is a wonderful feast for today. These men are all part of the Cristero Movement in Mexico in the early 20th century. The struggle of these and others was portrayed with dignity in the recent film For Greater Glory.

In my world, it reminds me of what happened after I took my kids to see the movie. My youngest son asked ” would you give your life if something like that happened?” and before I could answer, he stated that he thought he would.

What great fire in such a small package, and great faith so simply stated by a small child.


Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us

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New Offie Update

There will be a major announcement about the new center on Tuesday May 28, 2013. Look here for the important information

God Bless you!

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Eternal Rest……

In my daily view of the newspaper, I saw that “IVF Pioneer” Robert Edwards had died peacefully in his sleep last night

Robert Edwards RIP

In previous postings, I documented my meeting with this gentleman. At the time, I was very excited, and was not disappointed, but was amazed to find him to be a gentle, grandfatherly type, more comfortable as a country farmer than a fast paced biologist.

However, he is also the prime mover behind an industry which has moved beyond anyone’s imagination. Of course, he stated in 2003 that he saw at least some of what has been spawned, but he was a huge apologist for the modernistic, relativistic world in which we live.

The first american IVF baby works for the Globe.

First IVF Child reflects

She sounds the mantra that I am sure we will hear all over the world in the next few days…” I would not be here but for Dr Edwards.”  And they would be right. And not to sound creepy…but all of the frozen embryos and discarded embyros, and abnormal embryos That have been created  can also claim kindred spirits.

There will be time to reflect on all of these things. But for today, I pray that Eternal Rest be upon him, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May God have mercy on him.

St Gianna, Pray for us

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I had given up posting as part of my Lenten Mortification Plan, but had to respond to the give and take here. (this Sunday is Latere Sunday…so I guess it is ok once) Jay Boyd has produced an interesting book, a blog in print,that covers the world of NFP very well.

I frequently get into discussions with NFP teachers and couples, and some of those stories are on the blog at other place.

Here are the points in fact:

NFP is a great way for people to learn about their reproductive system. It is a way for married couples to see the wonder of God’s creation. And it is a way for husbands to begin to understand the intricacies in their soulmate and partner.

The Catholic Church does not proclaim that one must have 10 kids. But, when you were married, there are a couple of places where kids come into it

1. In the beginning interrogatory, the couple is asked:

“Will you accept children lovingly from God, and bring them up according to the
law of Christ and his Church?”

2. In the Nuptual Blessing:

“Bless them with children and help them to be good parents. May they live to see
their children’s children.”

There are some factors to consider. First, though it seems that it is easy to become pregnant, in fact the best chance a couple has in any month is 1 in 5. That is without making any changes.

Periodic continence is good for many reasons, not the least of which is allowing the marriage to grow in other ways. But……each act of the loving embrace needs to be open to the possibility of life. Now some may say what about when menopause hits or there is some problem….or try to argue that hysterectomy is illicit….but the Church does understand that the reproductive lifespan is not eternal, but that the unitive part of the marital act is still valid.

But I am off point. Truth be told, most NFP writings do not tell stories of using NFP to improve the chances of pregnancy….it touts that NFP is 98-99% effective in preventing pregnancy……just as good as all the artificial means….in fact, better than the pill.

Pope Paul VI said it best


“These acts, by which husband and wife are united in chaste intimacy, and by
means of which human life is transmitted, are, as the Council recalled, “noble
and worthy,”11 and they do not cease to be lawful if, for causes
independent of the will of husband and wife, they are foreseen to be infecund,
since they always remain ordained towards expressing and consolidating their
union. In fact, as experience bears witness, not every conjugal act is followed
by a new life. God has wisely disposed natural laws and rhythms of fecundity
which, of themselves, cause a separation in the succession of births.
Nonetheless the Church, calling men back to the observance of the norms of the
natural law, as interpreted by their constant doctrine, teaches that each and
every marriage act (quilibet matrimonii usus) must remain open to the
transmission of life”(HV 11)

Saint Gianna, pray for us

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Or Jay Boyd is, or both of us, or something something something.  Last week I did a post on Dr. Jay Boyd’s new book.  By some means, that post got linked to a Yahoo group for “NFP professionals.”  Within a very short time, Jay got word of that post, and the comments it attracted from the NFP professionals.  Jay has made her own response here, where she cuts and pastes some of the comments.

Basically, there were two people in the group who determined, from the post (which I admit, wasn’t my best effort, it was not well written, but you get what you pay for, and in spite of my repeated attempts to extort money from you people (not), this blog is free to read) that I am a manifest heretic, a Janssenist who hates sex* (which, to put it bluntly, this statement is so far off-base as to…

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