Recently I have read arguments in the press that the pope shows lack of concern for women, who, if they do not use artificial contraception may be burdened by too many children. Yet, throughout his writings, the pope makes clear that it is women more often than not who are the greater victims in a disorderedness in the sexual realm.
It requires widespread conversion of heart, and the solution, as Matthew rightly asserts, will not come solely from the institutional Church.
It has been said that all politics is local, and the same might be said of conversion. To effect such conversion requires local influence, real in-the-flesh, person-to-person evangelization. It needs to be a grassroots effort that bubbles up from our local parish communities.
Fortunately, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, knows something about going for the heart.
Inspired by his first encyclical Lumen Fidei Light of Faithwe suggest five tangible things parishes can do to stop losing young families and start raising up the next generation of saints.
Get the Sacrament of Baptism right.
A former parish Director of Religious Education once remarked to us how much he enjoyed facilitating baptism classes. They must be able, too. The bar has to be set well above pushing the play button to start a year-old videotape. Similarly, many parishes, often for the sake of convenience, celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism outside of Mass.
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Theologically, this makes no sense. Baptism is a communal sacrament; the whole assembly actually participates in the rite by renewing their baptismal promises.
Plus, baptisms are one the most joyful occasions in parish life. Children are not capable of accepting the faith by a free act, nor are they yet able to profess that faith on their own; therefore the faith is professed by their parents and godparents in their name.
The structure of baptism, then, demonstrates the critical importance of cooperation between Church and family in passing on the faith LF Stop offering childcare during Mass.
Yes, you read that correctly: Send us your hate mail if you must, but we really need to begin thinking differently about this whole dynamic. What kind of message are we sending if, after welcoming babies into the community of faith in baptism, we relegate them to another room until they are old enough to be quiet and sit still?
Parents, you need enough backbone to not be intimidated by the unfortunate dirty looks you may receive when your toddler inevitably acts up. Walk your child out if necessary, and then come back when ready.
Your witness of suffering for your children and for the Mass is more inspiring to most people than you realize.Gary Gutting is a Notre Dame philosophy professor who thinks that what counts about arguments is whether they “work.” And so his complaint against natural-law arguments for Catholic teachings about sex is that they “no longer work (if they ever did)”.
An Essay on Natural Family Planning February 8, by Dr. Charles W. Norris, M.D. The Catholic Church has never opposed family planning, but she teaches through her Magisterium, or teaching authority, that man may not, of his own volition, separate the two meanings of the conjugal act, the unitive and the procreative, because these meanings.
Wales Brown Award -Service essay. Wales said I was a good candidate to help him run the Nurturing Fathers Program. I was at school and studying Human Services and Chemical Dependency. Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a way of following God's Plan for achieving and/or avoiding pregnancy.
It consists of ways to achieve or to avoid pregnancy using the physical and moral means that God has built into human nature. Enabling women to control the number and spacing of their children is essential to reducing maternal deaths and human misery.
Over million women, mostly in the least developed countries, want to use modern family planning methods but can't access them, facing cultural barriers or family resistance, or not having access to contraceptives, or there is a lack of information or trained workers.
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