Anne and her husband gave it back to God! They gave back to the Creator the decision, power and authority that He gives by way of Natural Family Planning (NFP). AND, God generously reciprocated by giving them 10 beautiful children and 34 born grandchildren–17 of each gender, with an unspecified tie-breaker en-route! Praise the Lord from whom all Supreme Blessings flow.
AND, 90% of this large family gets together a couple times per month because they are all within a 30 mile diameter circle. I can only imagine the fun and vitality that all these cousins enjoy together?
Anne gives Fr John Hardon credit for coining Supernatural Family Planning, as well as the encouragement she needed to pursue her Masters Degree at the John Paul II Institute.
Anne does not condemn NFP. She suggests that SnFP is really a more accurate version of natural child spacing. Why? maybe because God created Nature. God and Nature are synonymous. NFP makes Man synonymous with Nature which suggests that Man is God.
That’s my version of how it all works. I’m eager to hear what Anne thinks about that–and much more.
Father Habiger is a Benedictine priest in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison Kansas. Since 2003 he has been a full-time member of NFP Outreach where his focus is primarily upon promoting God’s Plan for Marriage and Spousal Love, which includes counter acting the contraceptive and sterilization culture. He does this through parish missions, NFP parish weekends, Theology of the Body seminars, and consultations with priests and bishops during “clergy days”. Father Matthew has his PhD in Moral Theology from the Catholic University of America. He is very well qualified to address the challenging topic of “conscience”.
If you want to do some homework for today’s program, you can read about conscience in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) beginning with: http://www.usccb.org
1776 “Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment…. For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God…. His conscience is man’s most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths.”
For many people–and clergy are no exception, conscience poses a difficult subject. The CCC says that we must obey our conscience. BUT, we must have a “well-formed” conscience (CCC, 1783), or we will be led astray by the evil one as a consequence of Original Sin.
Conscience poses a very serious challenge for many Catholics in their discernment about sexual morality, particularly in addressing contraception, sterilization, artificial reproductive technologies, and Natural Family Planning.
The recent canonization of Saint John Paul II has drawn new attention to his “Theology of the Body” and its impact on the Culture of Life. His biographer, George Weigel has said that TotB will impact every teaching of the Creed and it will take decades to fully comprehend its influence on the faith and the faithful.
Damon Owens left an impressive career in the business arena to devote his life to full-time work in marriage and family ministry. He has served as Natural Family Planning and Marriage Preparation Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Newark, founded two non-profit organizations (New Jersey Natural Family Planning Association and Joy-Filled Marriage New Jersey), and led initiatives for various pro-life and pro-family organizations such as the New Jersey Catholic Bishops Conference, The Children First Foundation, and Life Education and Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N.), the largest African-American, pro-life ministry in the country. Damon is a certified speaker and has been lecturing for the Theology of the Body Institute since 2005. In December of 2011, Damon was named the Executive Director of the Theology of the Body Institute. He and his wife, Melanie, have been married for 18 years and have eight children.
Many of our listeners are familiar with the Theology of the Body because of Christopher West’s presentations that have popularized TotB throughout the USA and in dozens of other countries in the short span of 10 years.
Owen will give us a brief summary of the Theology of the Body, the work of the Theology of the Body Institute founded by Christopher West, and this summer’s International Theology of the Body Congress in Philadelphia.
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.
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?
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.
Steve Koob talks with Sheila St. John, co-founder of the California Association of Natural Family Planning, about her work educating others about Natural Family Planning, from her experiences with conferences and clergy to starting the organization.
Steve Koob talks with Dr. Mary Martin, obstetrician and gynecologist at Billings Center for Fertility and Reproductive Medicine, about the work done at Billings Medical, the Billings Ovulation Method of Natural Family Planning, and fertility issues. Dr. Mary Martin also talks about how to treat fertility problems without using contraception.
Steve Koob talks with Fr. Daniel McCaffrey, former military chaplain and founder of NFP Outreach, about his role and experience in educating Catholics about Natural Family Planning and Church Teaching.
Steve Koob talks with Dr. Paul Carpentier, physician at In His Image Family Medicine and president of the American Academy of Fertility Care Professionals (as of July 2011), about Natural Family Planning and NaPro Technology, infertility, and conscience protection for pro-life doctors. Dr. Paul Carpentier also talks about the importance of the hormone progesterone.
Steve Koob talks with Dr. David Harnisch, obstetrician and gynecologist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, about Natural Family Planning, Orthodox Catholic medicine and gynecology, and faithful adherence to Church teaching in our secular world.
Steve Koob talks with Drs. Rebecca and Ben Peck, both family physicians at Pecks’ Family Practice, about Natural Family Planning, sexuality and God’s Will, and their medical practice. Dr. Rebecca Peck also shares personal stories about her life and experiences in the medical industry.
Steve Koob talks with Dr. and Sr. Hanna Klaus, of the Natural Family Planning Center of Washington, D.C., about Natural Family Planning–specifically the Billings Ovulation Method–her experience working with teens in the TeenSTAR program, and the development of youth into adults. Dr. and Sr. Hanna Klaus also discusses the contested truth about abstinence programs.