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Kim Schnitker (KC) is absolutely passionate about NFP (Natural Family Planning). She will talk to anyone, anywhere about NFP, and claims that 10% of the children in her parish school are from parents that she taught NFP. With Catholic schools closing on a regular basis, maybe KC has the solution for keeping them viable/sustainable.
KC has a great story of conversion to Catholicism and NFP. How does she balance being wife to Ed and mother to six with her avocation for NFP couple recruiting, teaching and speaking? I think you will enjoy hearing her tell her story.
Every year or two the NFP community of teachers and promoters debates a name change for “Natural Family Planning”. Various alternatives have been proposed, like “Fertility Awareness Methods”, but so far none have caught on. KC proposes “Moral Family Planning” = MFP.
Christopher Gawley is a lawyer for Morgan Stanley, a convert to the faith, and a columnist for The Remnant, Online www.remnantnewspaper.com. I’m interviewing him at Noon ET on Tuesday the 23rd because he has written a captivating article in Christian Order, May 2013, p 53-65, titled, “Heroic Parenthood”, which could have been sub-titled, “The upgrade from responsible parenthood and NFP”.
Since “NFP Awareness Week” began on Sunday, it seems appropriate to talk about NFP–Natural Family Planning. Now, I realize that some listeners may be perplexed by me and One More Soul being strong promoters of NFP while also providing Guests [like Fr William Gardner, Dr Jay Boyd, and now Christopher Gawley] a platform for questioning NFP. I rationalize this seeming inconsistency as a continuing commitment to (and search for) Truth [CAPITAL "T"=from God]. I advocate NFP and SNFP, that is “SuperNatural Family Planning”–letting God plan family size. It seems hard to argue that a human couple can compete with God in the determination of anything, but especially something as awesome as procreating another human being who will exist for all eternity–infinity!
I have no quarrel with Holy Mother Church’s approval of married couples knowing and using periodic abstinence to avoid conception for just and serious reason. That is what the Church teaches. What we are saying is that letting God decide should be considered as a superior approach to family planning.
“Heroic Parenthood” can be found at www.christianorder.com.
The abortion debate and focus is typically on the baby and mother. But what about fathers of children who mom wants to abort? They may be encouraging the abortion, discouraging, or neutral. And how do they feel after the dastardly deed?
Kevin Burke is Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life focused on ministry to fathers. This is what he says about what he does:
One of the saddest correspondences or phone calls I deal with, is a father who is devastated because his partner, girlfriend, fiancé or wife had an abortion…without ever telling him about the procedure…until it is too late. It is heart breaking, and with what we know about how this impacts men, its also a really serious mental health and spiritual crisis that requires immediate help if the man is open to that. I wanted to share how I respond to these situations. Each one is unique so there is no set formula. You are just trying with the Lord’s help, to reach out and connect man to man (woman to man) with his heart and soul and keep the momentum of reaching out for help…to keep that momentum moving forward. Isolation with this kind of pain, is very bad.
Ronda Chervin, PhD, is a professor of Philosophy, a prolific writer, a widow, and frequent guest on EWTN Radio–and elsewhere. If you read her works you will be blessed and inspired to share her wisdom–and by so doing, you will be promoting a Culture of Life in America.
Fr Tim Sauppe is the pastor of rural St Mary Parish in Westview IL, Diocese of Peoria. He had to close their Catholic School. The parishioners didn’t want him to close the school, but in fact it was the parishioners that forced him to close the school. WHY? Because they were not having children in sufficient quantity to sustain the school.
This phenomena is not unique to St Mary Parish, or the Diocese of Peoria. Diocese of Trenton Bishop David O’Connell established a School Sustainability Commission to study 10 at risk elementary schools. Some may be saved, but their will most likely be closures.
The three-parish cluster to which I belong in Dayton, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, until a few years ago had three diocesan priests, 9 weekend Masses and 3 Catholic Schools. Today, we have one foreign born religious order priest, 3 weekend Masses, and NO Catholic School.
The reason is the same–not enough Catholic children to sustain a school. WHY? Because Catholics have not successfully challenged the dominant anti-child mentality of the culture. Sadly, we have accepted the culture.
Please join Jeff and Kristina, and several Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust on Radio Maria’s “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”.
You may ask, “Who are the ‘Survivors of . . . ‘?” Some new TV adventure program, where your comrades evict you every week? NOT!
Survivors are anyone born since Roe vs Wade made abortion legal in every state, at any age, for any reason. The particular Survivors we will be chatting with have either been through a “pro-life boot camp” or are in the current “camp” in southern California. These are young adults 14-29 who have paid almost $500 to be immersed in the pro-life movement with two-solid weeks of seminars and activism. They graduate with the energy, enthusiasm, commitment, knowledge, and experience to be the pro-life leaders in our communities for years to come.
We are honored today to have another great veteran front-line pro-lifer as our Guest on the Quest–”The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”. Chris Slattery is the Founder and President of Expectant Mother Care Frontline Pregnancy Centers (EMC) in America’s most hostile environment for pre-born babies.
NYC has the highest abortion rate in America–60%, if I recall correctly. EMC operates 12 pregnancy resource centers in four NYC boroughs, including 6 in the Bronx, of which one is a mobile unit with ultrasound. Since beginning in 1985, EMC has saved at least 44,000 babies from abortion and counseled over 125,000 women.
Chris has an established Pro-Life Internship that trains and engages people in the EMC ministry in NYC and expands EMC into other cities and states.
What will we learn from our program today that can motivate us to join the battle for a Culture of Life?
Steven Ertelt’s pro-life credentials run deep–National Right to Life Committee,Students for Life of America, Indiana Right to Life, Montana Right to Life and Colorado Citizens for Life. In 1993, he founded LifeNews to provide timely internet news of interest to a rapidly growing pro-life community.
Please join Steven and Steve (me) to learn what the latest developments are in a rapidly changing culture dominated by government attacks on life, family, religion, privacy, health and marriage. How can we respond? Isn’t government supposed to serve the people?
Paul Rondeau came to the Executive Director position at American Life League (ALL) after a distinguished career in a variety of leadership positions in higher education and other pro-life/family organizations. He has done ground breaking research on communication and language with special emphasis on the life issues including marriage. We live in a time when many of us struggle to justify the unique aspects of true marriage being that relationship involving one man and one woman for LIFE–permanence and openness to children. Paul can help us!
ALL claims to be the largest grass-roots pro-life and pro-family organization in the world (except for the Catholic Church, I presume) and thus has a broad ranging mission that supports the Culture of Life in America with a variety of programs.
The pro-life movement has come to rely on Life Site News to know what is happening around the world that retards and advances the Culture of Life. Ben Johnson is the US Bureau Chief for LSN. That means he is responsible for every article about what is going on in the USA. He either writes the articles, or assigns them to other writers. In other words, he knows what is happening before we read about it. Today’s program will be very interesting!