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August 6, 2013 – Bishop Thomas John Paprocki

I am always especially excited to be able to interview one of Christs’ Vicars here on Earth. Bishop Paprocki is the “Ordinary” for the Diocese of Springfield, the capital of Illinois, and by no means is he”ordinary”. He is probably in the best physical condition of all the US bishops. He runs marathons (18 and counting) and still plays ice hockey (goalie) on an amateur team.

He has written a book–Holy Goals for Body and Soul–that extols the virtues and demands of athletics and their application to life. It is loaded with interesting stories from sports and their practical lessons for everyday life. I highly recommend it as a gift for any athlete or sports enthusiast.

The goalie is the last line of defense, and courage is essential. So it is with a bishop, as he is the final authority for his diocese and when something is wrong, he has the responsibility to address the problem. Bishop Paprocki has taken the heat for his 2012 pastoral letter on a Catholic’s responsibility to take his/er faith into the voting booth, and he has spoken clearly in defense of marriage.

Bishop Paprocki is also a lawyer and quite willing to offer guidance to the Illinois State legislature and other state officials in Springfield. Illinois does not have a strong pro-life/family reputation [ranked 36th by Americans United for Life–www.aul.org/states/illinois], so some recent decisions are surprising. Does he see “evolving”? Is he a stimulant for evolution in Illinois?

July 23, 2013 – Christopher Gawley

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.