By John M. Grondelski, Crisis Magazine - July 25, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical, Humanae Vitae (HV). That encyclical, and its subsequent contestation in certain “Catholic” circles, has been a defining moment of the past half-century… there is a dispute over the difference between man and God. HV teaches that the procreative-unitive nexus of the sexual act is instituted by God and not subject to man’s discretion… Contraception insists that it is. It is not by accident that some bioethicists have been accused of “playing God.”
By David S. Crawford, Knights of Columbus - As a convert, I am sometimes asked what brought me into the Catholic faith. Conversion cannot be reduced to a simple formula, but the answer for me, at least in part, was being deeply struck and attracted by the truth and beauty of the Church’s understanding of marriage. We often hear that the Church’s teachings on marriage and sex drive people away, but this certainly not my own response as a husband and father.