The Church teaches contracepted sex leads to hell. So, why is a priest promoting it in Rome? | Opinion | LifeSite

Image: Father Maurizio Chiodi.

‘The use of contraception is taught by the Magisterium to be an intrinsically evil act, resulting in grave sin which leads to Hell.’


The Magisterium of the Catholic Church teaches, and has taught since Her beginning, that the direct and intentional use of contraception is not only gravely immoral but intrinsically evil.  This is to say that it is an evil act in and of itself, and can never be justified.

Pope Pius XI in his 1930 encyclical, Casti Connubii, paragraphs 54-57, not only condemns the use of contraception as intrinsically evil, but he also reminds his priests of the grave evil they commit should they promote or permit by their silence the use of contraception among couples:

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Source: The Church teaches contracepted sex leads to hell. So, why is a priest promoting it in Rome? | Opinion | LifeSite


Good News: Six kidnapped nuns liberated in Nigeria 

Sister Ajayi, EHJ, one of the six religious women who were liberated Jan. 6. Photo courtesy of Fr. Kevin Oselumhense Anetor.

.- During a two day police operation, six women religious who were captured in Nigeria’s Edo state two months ago were released unharmed on Saturday, generating much joy from the Christian community.

The women were freed during a Jan. 6 police operation, but their captors were able to escape.

They had been kidnapped Nov. 13, 2017 from the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Convent in Iguoriakhi. Taken by unknown gunmen, three of the women were professed nuns (Sister Roseline Isiocha, Sister Aloysius Ajayi and Sister Frances Udi), and the other three were aspirants. Sister Ajayi was released first, followed several hours later by the others

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Source: Six kidnapped nuns liberated in Nigeria :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Pro-life lineup announced for Reverend Hoye’s January 15 webcast

Webcast will benefit the ministry of the Issues4Life Foundation

On Monday, January 15, a group of pro-life luminaries will be featured on a webcast highlighting and benefiting the ministry of the Issues4Life Foundation.

The webcast, organized by Rev. Walter Hoye, Founder and President of Oakland’s Issues4Life Foundation, is titled the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Webcast, honoring the Civil Rights leader who was jailed and eventually slain for his activism.

The webcast speakers include: Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, and author, speaker, and former member of the Georgia House of Representatives; Archbishop Salvatore Joseph Cordileone, of the Archdiocese of San Francisco; Abby Johnson, author and President of And Then There Were None; Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests For Life; Father Joseph D. Fessio, S.J., Executive Editor of Ignatius Press and Chaplain of the Walk for Life West Coast; and Bishop Ronnie D. Allen, Ph.D., President of the International Faith Base Coalition. The webcast will be moderated by David Bereit, Former C.E.O. of 40 Days for Life,

From Reverend Hoye’s mission statement: “The Issues4Life Foundation targets and works directly with Black American leaders nationwide to strengthen their stand against abortion on demand. We are committed to protecting both the civil and human rights of the child in the womb by recognizing the inherent dignity and unalienable rights of all members of the human family, so that in law and in practice every life is valued.”

You can log in to the webcast here.  The date is Monday, January 15 at 6:00pm, PST.

You can download the webcast flyer here.

Source: Pro-life lineup announced for Reverend Hoye’s January 15 webcast

House to Vote on Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act During Week of the March for Life 

The House announces a significant vote during the week of the nation’s largest annual pro-life march.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced Tuesday that the House will vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act next week, the week of the annual March for Life.

“Next week—the week of the annual March for Life when tens of thousands of Americans come to Washington to give voice to the voiceless unborn—the House will vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act,” Leader McCarthy said in a statement obtained by Townhall. “This bill states simply that if a baby is born after a failed abortion attempt, he or she should be given the same medical care as a baby born any other way. In line with our longstanding commitment to empower women, mothers will never be held criminally accountable. However, doctors who fail to provide medical care to newborns will be held criminally accountable. There is absolutely no ambiguity here. This is about protecting babies who are born and alive, and nobody should be against that.”

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Source: House to Vote on Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act During Week of the March for Life – Lauretta Brown

Family rosary from L.A.  

Father Dave Heney on “Family Rosary Across America” on Relevant Radio. (image from Angelus)

On Jan. 15, a Los Angeles priest, Father Dave Heney, will begin leading live daily rosary recitations that will be broadcast coast to coast over the Relevant Radio network, which airs locally on AM 930.

A Relevant Radio spokesperson said the program is “the first live and interactive radio program to bring the entire country together at the same time to pray the rosary.”

“Family Rosary Across America” will air live from Los Angeles, Monday through Friday at 8 p.m. Eastern Time and 5 p.m. Pacific Time.

Listeners will be able to call in their prayer intentions each day at 888-914-9149 or email to be prayed for during the broadcast.

“Imagine your joy as you hear people praying for your intentions, and your joy knowing that your prayers are helping others in our family of faith who are in need,” said Father Heney, who is pastor of St. Bruno Church in Whittier. “Imagine people all across America joining their voices together in the rosary at the same time.”

Relevant Radio broadcasts nationally on 130 stations, reaching an estimated audience of 140 million. Programming can also be heard worldwide via streaming audio at

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Source: Family rosary from L.A.  – The Angelus

Sad News: Glendale Catholic school shutting its doors this year due to plunge in enrollment 

UPDATED Jan. 11, 1:30 p.m. Citing anemic enrollment and resulting financial losses, Glendale’s St. Pancras School — a neighborhood fixture for nearly 110 years — is closing its doors forever this June. Parents of the 105 students currently enrolled at the Catholic school received the news on Jan. 10 in a letter co-signed by Reverend Francis Hughes, St. Pancras Church …

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Two stories intersect in Ch 8 of Amoris laetitia: An attack on Humanae vitae and a Cardinal speaks up | Fr. Z’s Blog

Fathers and seminarians,

Be sure to read the response by a good theological to the bad theologian – the canary in the mine shaft – who at a Jesuit school launched an attack on the integrity of Humanae vitae.








Professor Josef Seifert, co-founder of the International Academy of Philosophy (IAP) and a former member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, has said the positions of Fr. Maurizio Chiodi, delivered on Dec. 14, 2017 during a public lecture at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, contain “disastrous general philosophical errors that have been magisterially and forcefully rejected by Pope John Paul II in Veritatis Splendor.”


Prof. Seifert added that Chiodi’s theory, which draws on the Pope’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia to “place subjective responsibility over objective moral situations,” is “profoundly erroneous and totally destructive not only of the moral teaching of the Catholic Church, but also of the essence of morality, and in fact, of any truth and any Church Teaching.”



The full statement is important for all priests and seminarians to read.

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