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#2377     Pope: Large Families Don't Cause Poverty

William LeMaire
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William LeMaire wrote at 7:46pm on January 27th 2015
Aside from the controversy about "rabbits" the Pope's press conference was very troublesome to me. He recommended responsible parenthood, which many catholics, including me, are happy to hear him say that. This means in my understanding that couples should decide on the number of children they want to have and can afford. So far so good, but then in the same press conference the Pope reaffirmed the teaching of the Church which bans artificial methods of family planning and only allows the so called natural methods.

As a retired catholic obstetrician and gynecologist I will be the first one to admit that these natural methods can be very effective and safe. This holds true if the method is utilized to the letter by educated couples under ideal circumstances. A large segment of the world population, especially in developing countries, does not live under ideal circumstances and in these situations the statistics show that the natural methods are accompanied by an unacceptable failure rate. This failure results in unwanted pregnancy which in developing countries carries a high morbidity an even a mortality rate due to the high incidence of pregnancy complications and even unsafe abortions. Natural methods are thus not devoid of complications (albeit indirect) as its proponents will argue.

Thus Pope Francis recommends responsible parenthood, which is great, but at the same time he continues to take away the methods to safely and effectively reach that goal, which in my opinion is unfair to say the least.

William J. LeMaire MD

#2376     What is Death with Dignity?

Nola Shehadeh
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Nola Shehadeh wrote at 10:52am on January 20th 2015
This woman is truly amazing , her strength and faith is so good to see . I hope God looks upon her with compassionate eyes and prolongs her life

#2375     iWitness 2014

Laura Cain
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Laura Cain wrote at 5:11am on January 9th 2015
Fr. Jacques Philippe's video on Prayer and Work can be watched here:

http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=18222&categoryId=42

#2374     Because We're Happy - 2014 Christmas Video from Xt3.com

Erik Hendrix
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Erik Hendrix wrote at 7:10pm on December 24th 2014
"Purchase "Happy" by Pharrell Williams from iTunes."

Errr ... no ... thank you. (seriously, that is quite inappropriate imo)

#2373     iWitness 2014

Laura Cain
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Laura Cain wrote at 12:56am on December 23rd 2014
Tahni There are some talks online now:
http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=18170&categoryId=24

#2372     iWitness 2014

Mary B
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Mary B wrote at 4:59am on December 16th 2014
Hi Tahni, there will be links on this podcast page as soon as all the talks are available. Stay tuned!

#2371     iWitness 2014

Tahni Pyke
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Tahni Pyke wrote at 4:55am on December 16th 2014
Hi, just wondering if anyone can tell me how to find the videos of Fr Jacques Philippe's talks from i witness and the retreat day for women? Or when and where they will be put up? Thanks

#2370     This Is Life, with Lisa Ling - Called to the Collar

Kevin Walsh
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Kevin Walsh wrote at 12:20am on December 9th 2014
It is heartening to see such an upsurge in vocations to the priesthood in this article. The clerical collar seems to be used as a selling point, somewhat similar that Sisters and Nuns who keep the veil are the real brides of Christ. Often the sporting of the collar and veil is the front line for very pious, conservative people who see their high points within Rubrics as distinct from real Liturgy. Religious and Priests who are deeply immersed in the foot washing spirituality and ministry are often seen as more authentic than the clerical collar and the habited Sisters and Nuns. Unfortunately many Collar and Veil people are somewhat arrogant and driven by power and narcissieistic tendencies. From an old man, Fr Kevin Walsh Stanhope Gardens NSW

#2369     Father Rob Galea - Channel 10 Story

Kevin Walsh
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Kevin Walsh wrote at 10:23pm on December 8th 2014
Good on you Fr Rob, great to see you using your gifts in ministry. Please be equally approachable and caring to the elderly people in the Parish where your servant ministry is grounded. It is fairly easy to Mininster to the Youth; but to the homeless, the home bound, it takes a little more sensitivity. May the Passion of Jesus live in your heart, cheers Fr Kevin Walsh - Stanhope Gardens NSW

#2368     Father Rob Galea - Channel 10 Story

Kevin Walsh
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Kevin Walsh wrote at 10:23pm on December 8th 2014
Good on you Fr Rob, great to see you using your gifts in ministry. Please be equally approachable and caring to the elderly people in the Parish where your servant ministry is grounded. It is fairly easy to Mininster to the Youth; but to the homeless, the home bound, it takes a little more sensitivity. May the Passion of Jesus live in your heart, cheers Fr Kevin Walsh - Stanhope Gardens NSW

#2367     Indulgences for the Year of Consecrated Life

Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 5:08am on December 4th 2014
This is an innovative & encouraging event we should, where we are able, commit to in some way or another. What a beautiful promise of blessing interwoven into this whole theme for the year. Don't want to & can't afford to miss this. In order to discover and realize my own vocation, dedication to this in some substantial way is essential to accomplishing this.

#2366     The Spirituality of Surfing

Elaine Maher
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Elaine Maher wrote at 11:20pm on November 25th 2014
Way cool, love the analogies

#2365     Bishop Peter Comensoli Appointed Bishop of Broken Bay

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Guest wrote at 7:37am on November 22nd 2014
Such fantastic news for Broken Bay, we are so blessed

#2364     Patriarch Denounces Attack on Synagogue in Jerusalem

Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 7:42am on November 19th 2014
This is absolutely hysterical! Get real Hamas - you were not, are not, and never will be able to change the fact: that Israel is the traditional custodian of this place, this area. God has decreed it so for thousands of years it's been God's mandate - that the nation of Israel have tribal custodianship over all those areas. It's Biblical truth whether people want to dispute it or not. Israel in modern times still has a long way to go too. The nation has given over itself through many worldly leaders into bolstering a form of government which doesn't in many ways honor this traditional custodianship right bestowed on it by the Lord. It's time to get real too, Israel, and honor the birthright given by living it out. Exile has been too long in the hearts and minds of many to the point where they don't think with our indigenous soul anymore - they still think with the fetters of exile on as though they are meant to live this way always. C'mon people, it's nothing but a re-hash of the fallicious desire to turn back to the Egypt which enslaved us. Dispense with this temptation to go back to slavery and BE FREE!

#2363     A Single Voice in the Catholic Church

Laura Cain
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Laura Cain wrote at 4:47am on November 19th 2014
It would be great to have a National Catholic Singles Conference in Australia

#2362     8 Beatification Causes Advance

Father John Flynn
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Father John Flynn wrote at 11:38pm on November 11th 2014
Dear Anthony:

Prayers for intercession can be made at this or even an earlier stage. In fact, the promoters of the cause often ask people to pray for their intentions so as to be able to have evidence of a miracle for the cause.

This is distinct from any official liturgical celebration, which does not commence until after beatification - at a local level - and a general level after canonization.

#2361     8 Beatification Causes Advance

Anthony M
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Anthony M wrote at 6:34am on November 11th 2014
Can we - as the universal Church - ask for the intercession from 'venerables', or is it only for the beatified and canonised?

#2360     Single and Catholic

Tara McInnes
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Tara McInnes wrote at 4:51am on November 8th 2014
Need to be wary as Parishes to avoid situations like Mrs Wood http://www.catholictalk.com.au/walking-the-talk/blog/item/171-natalie-wood.

#2359     Grieving Parents to Receive Recognition for Loss of Unborn

Elaine Maher
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Elaine Maher wrote at 11:00am on November 7th 2014
Yes, well done QLD

#2358     What do we Know about Brittany Maynard’s Death?

Tara McInnes
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Tara McInnes wrote at 10:50am on November 7th 2014
The sad thing is that people thought her doing this was a good thing. Very sad. Shows how very few people want to go that 'extra mile' for another person these days, unlike the values they had in the Harp of the South novels.

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