3. Natural Family Planning: VISION NOW + 20

November 23rd, 2014

The Organization

In its Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, the Fathers of Vatican Council II described the model lay apostolate.

  • It would “encourage a closer harmony between the everyday life of the members and their faith”; such associations “must be given primary consideration” (n. 19).
  • In order to meet the needs of cities and rural areas, “laymen should not limit their cooperation to the parochial or diocesan boundaries but strive to extend it to interparochial, interdiocesan, national, and international fields” (n.10).
  • “In the present circumstances, it is quite necessary that the united and organized form of the lay apostolate be strengthened” (n.18).
  • “Scattering of energies must be avoided” (n. 19).
  • “Pastors should welcome the laity who work in this apostolate and should make sure that their situation meets the demands of justice, equity and charity” (n. 22).

In the closing passages of Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI endorsed a particular form of teaching natural family planning:  “Among the fruits which ripen forth from a generous effort of fidelity to the divine law, one of the most precious is that married couples themselves not infrequently feel the desire to communicate their experience to others. Thus there comes to be included in the vast pattern of the vocation of the laity a new and most noteworthy form of the apostolate of like to like; it is married couples themselves who become apostles and guides to other married couples. This is assuredly, among so many forms of apostolate, one of those which seem most opportune today” (n. 26).

Natural Family Planning International, Inc. (NFPI) is a fruit of Vatican II and Humanae Vitae.

Next week:  A Plan

THANKSGIVING SALE: Through November 28.  50% off the following print books: Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach (both perfect bound and coil versions), The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing, and Battle-Scarred (John’s memoirs).  The Seven Standards and BF&NCS together make an excellent gift for an expectant mother.  Go to lulu.com for the discounts.  The 30% additional discount offered by lulu.com is available through November 24th.  You must write in FLASH30 for the Code when ordering.  Thus through Nov. 24th, you can get an 80% discount on any of the print books above.

John F. Kippley (September 2014)

 

2. Natural Family Planning: VISION NOW + 20

November 16th, 2014

The Culture of Life if restored in 20 years:

What will you see?

  • At least two-thirds of Catholic couples who need baby spacing will be using chaste Natural Family Planning.
  • At least two-thirds of Catholic mothers will nurse their babies well into the second year of life.
  • At least two-thirds of Catholic newlyweds will wed as virgins
  • At least two-thirds of Catholic voters will vote pro-life.
  • Abortion will be illegal, and even illegal abortions will be miniscule in number.
  • At least 95% of chaste married couples will stay married “till death do they part.”
  • These families will yield vocations to the priesthood at the rate of at least one ordination per year per 10,000 families. Over 20 years, this yields one priest for every 500 families.
  • At least 95% of priests will be faithful to their vocation for life.
  • A vision of Vatican II will be significantly realized—revitalized lay spirituality and cooperation between priests and laity.
  • The trickle of converts and reverts will become a river.

This is the vision—difficult but not impossible. Clearly, it will not “just happen.” To advance from vision to reality requires an organization, a plan, and adequate resources, both spiritual and material.

Next week:  How do we restore this Culture of Life?

THANKSGIVING SALE: Through November 28.  50% off the following print books: Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach (both perfect bound and coil versions), The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing, and Battle-Scarred (John’s memoirs).  The Seven Standards and BF&NCS together make an excellent gift for an expectant mother.  Go to lulu.com for the discounts.  The 30% additional discount offered by lulu.com is available through November 24th.  You must write in FLASH30 for the Code when ordering.  Thus through Nov. 24th, you can get an 80% discount on any of the print books above.

John F. Kippley (September 2014)

Natural Family Planning: VISION NOW + 20

November 9th, 2014

The Need:  To restore the Culture of Life and to replace the Culture of Death

 By the “Culture of Death” is meant the widespread acceptance of:

  • contraception
  • sterilization
  • surgical abortion
  • abortifacient drugs and devices
  • widespread cohabitation without marriage
  • high rates of divorce
  • fatherless families
  • pornography
  • widespread adultery and fornication
  • an aggressive homosexual movement
  • euthanasia

Moral relativism has been enshrined and threatens to undermine Western Civilization.

The massive funding of the Culture of Death requires a cooperative response by the laity and the hierarchy alike.

Required: a vision, an organization, a plan, and sufficient resources.

Next week:  What is the Culture of Life?

John F. Kippley (September 2014)