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Steve Koob, founder and executive director of One More Soul, hosts a weekly program on Radio Maria, titled “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” on Tuesdays at NOON eastern time (11am central). Each week Steve interviews someone who is making a significant contribution to the Culture of Life. The hope and prayer is that Radio Maria listeners will be inspired by these guests, and will find ways that they too can foster a Culture of Life in their community, Church, and family.
Anne Cherney is the mother of 10 and has her Masters in Theology from the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family. She has written a soon to be published book with the working title Supernatural Family Planning, the Original Method. Anne continues our Quest for a better understanding of the Church’s teaching on “family planning” and our responsibility in that area of life.
Anne is thus our 4th Guest in the recent past to treat the subject of NFP, following Fr William Gardner–pastor for Diocese of Peoria, Dr Jay Boyd–Developmental Psychologist and Catholic blogger from Oregon, and Kim Cole–long-time teacher of the Ovulation Method in Colorado Springs.
Our Guest this week is Dr Dominick Pedulla from Oklahoma City, where he is a highly respected varicose vein surgeon board certified in cardiology, internal medicine and vein surgery. Dr Pedulla also has a long history of interest in natural family planning and the harmful impact of unnatural birth control methods on mothers and children. This interest prompted him and three other physicians (one also a priest) to thoroughly review the Plan B literature to discern if and when Plan B operated as an abortifacient.
Their study was prompted by bishops in several countries approving the use of Plan B in Catholic hospitals to treat women who had been raped. The intent of such use is to prevent an obviously unplanned conception, realizing that children conceived in rape are at high risk of being aborted. Drs Pedullah, Peck, Kahlenborn and Velez were suspicious about the literature claiming that Plan B has no abortifacient effect. The similarity between hormonal birth control (with its admitted potential for acting as an abortifaciant) and the hormones in Plan B made it seem likely that Plan B would act as an abortifacient at least some of the time.
Plan B is now available over the counter (without prescription) to women 17 or older. Several concerns are apparent: What are the health risks for the woman taking Plan B? How does it work? Ever as an abortifacient? Are women/couples leaning toward a Plan B approach to birth control to avoid the constant pollution of their bodies that characterizes other methods of hormonal birth control?
Professor J Budziszewski will be enlightening us on “natural law” and why he believes there is a reawakening of interest and respect for NL even among secular thinkers. He has taught Government (ethics, political philosophy, and various other subjects) at the University of Texas in Austin since receiving his PhD form Yale in 1981.
He is celebrating nine years of being Catholic. He is a prolific writer on tolerance, self-deception, virtue ethics, sex and marriage–all topics that impact our current culture. I’m confidant that you will find him a most interesting Guest on the Quest.
Richard Doerflinger has had many titles during his 33 year employment by the USCCB (US Conference of Catholic Bishops). Currently he is Associate Director of the Pro-Life Secretariat, advising the bishops on pro-life federal legislation and strategy. He has an especially challenging assignment having to deal with a Senate and White House that are unsupportive of Catholic teaching on life and marriage. Please join us as Richard shares his experience and challenges.
I’ll also be asking him about the role of the USCCB and potential conflict between that body and the role of the individual bishop as the Vicar of Christ for his diocese.
Courage is an international organization founded by Fr John Harvey to provide support for men and women who strive for chastity while experiencing sexual attraction to members of the same gender. Fr Klee is the leader of such a group and so we will be learning about homosexuality and the current push for redefining marriage to accommodate homosexual relationships. Where does homosexuality come from? Can parents reduce the risk of their children claiming a homosexual orientation? What about the “equality” and “compassion” arguments that fuel the popularity of support for redefining marriage? Are these legitimate reasons? How can one respond with generosity, kindness, and respect for the dignity of all human beings? What is it about marriage that makes it exclusive to one man and one woman–other restrictions do apply?
Our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” two weeks ago was Dr Jay Boyd who has blogged about Natural Family Planning (NFP) for over a year at “Philothea on Phire”—–http://philotheaonphire.blogspot.com/. She and some of her blog friends have raised serious questions about the teaching, use, and advocacy of NFP. Those who are deeply committed to NFP did not like much of what she had to say. You may listen to that program at http://radiomaria.us/questforlife/. Based on her blog, Dr Jay has composed a book, Natural Family Planning: Trojan Horse in the Catholic Bedroom?
I and One More Soul have been strong promoters of NFP for well over a decade, so some listeners have expressed surprise and disappointment in my giving Dr Boyd a platform. My response is three fold: 1) I am always looking for the Truth (that comes from God who is love, beauty, goodness and truth); 2) NFP is good, but maybe there is something even better; and 3) our Guest today–Kim Cole–will share her experience of the good fruits of NFP.
Kim has taught the Billings Method of NFP for over 17 years, first in Redding CA, and for the past 10+ years in the Phoenix Diocese. She has taught over 100 couples in a great variety of situations and will attest to the dramatic changes for the better that NFP has caused for these couples.
She and her couples are very blessed to be in the Diocese of Phoenix which requires couples being prepared for marriage to receive a thorough NFP course. Some priests are requiring couples going through RCIA to complete the same course. You will be amazed by her stories and the statistics she can cite for the parish where she has taught for many years.
Joy de Felice is an RN, BSN, and PHN in Spokane Washington. She directs the NFP Program at Sacred Heart Medical Center, and teaches the Billings Method of NFP.
What is most remarkable about Joy is her over 35 years of research on the Effects of Light on Women’s Fertility Cycle-and therefore fertility and infertility.