Over the weekend, Pope Benedict XVI met with the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family for the 30th anniversary of its foundation. The group discussed how the theology of the body and the theology of love build strong marriages and families. The Pope also noted the importance of love and respecting one's body, emphasising that the virtue of chastity embraces, rather than rejects, the joys of life and love.
A Toronto police officer has turned heads around the world by saying, “Women can avoid rape by not dressing as sluts.” His remarks have touched off worldwide protests in Europe and also in Boston and New York by women who engage in what they call “Slut Walks.” In these, they dress provocatively and carry signs that denounce the blame the victim attitude of the police officer and others who explain rape by blaming the victim. There is nothing that justifies the rape or assault of any woman, and the police officer was very insensitive in his remarks. However the reaction has gone the other extreme, by glorifying immodesty.
Chastity - isn't that a bit old fashioned? Are teenagers really interested in learning about abstinence? In this video, Jason Evert discusses the virtue of chastity on Boston Catholic TV.
Supporters of same-sex marriage are ready to shut down free speech but cowardice and lack of integrity are not the way to fight back says Matthew J. Franck.
British secondary schools are required by law to teach the biological facts of human reproduction in science lessons, but students themselves often say the instruction given is too biological. The facts also speak for themselves: Britain has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe. Read what British MP Nadine Dorries has suggested to combat the high teenage pregnancies in England.
A 12-year-old may now consent to hormone blocking therapy. But why would parents allow it?
The Australian Government is cracking down hard on tobacco industries but what is most frustrating is the hypocritical approach given to other public health issues. For example the deceptive and fallacious ‘safe sex’ campaign that is sold to young people via various well designed and sexy governmental websites and videos.
What is the experience of falling in love? What is the meaning of the movements of the heart? What do my feelings mean? How does a relationship grow? How can I discern the truth of a relationship? The book "Love and Responsibility" by Karol Wojtyla, written just before he was elected Pope John Paul II, takes us deeper into this beautiful dimension of human life. The following summary, of the first part of the book, was written by Fr Richard Aladics, a Spiritual Director at the Seminary of the Good Shepherd, Homebush, Sydney.
Jason Evert is coming to Australia this May, and will be speaking on the topics of chastity and love in Sydney and Melbourne. Don't miss out!
What's the difference between NFP and AC? Listen to Jason Evert address the Natural Family Planning (NFP) vs. Artificial Contraception (AC) debate on Catholic Answers radio!
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