Individual $125 – Couple $200
Attn: Archdiocesan Elementary Teachers and Catechists
One elective or annual credit is granted to those who attend the entire day.
50 YEARS AGO Blessed Paul VI prophesied to the world that marriages and the society would suffer if the use of contraception became widespread. He said that infidelity, moral decline, loss of respect for women and abuse of power by governments would increase exponentially.
Today, the vast majority of women in the western world use some form of contraception. In developing countries, the West engages in oppressive financial and political pressure to comply with abortion on demand, contraception, sterilization and more.
This conference will highlight the fulfillment of these prophecies in the world today and offer a reflection as to how selflessness, love, self – mastery and moral responsibility can reverse this trend.
Consequences of Artificial Methods
17. Responsible men can become more deeply convinced of the truth of the doctrine laid down by the Church on this issue if they reflect on the consequences of methods and plans for artificial birth control. Let them first consider how easily this course of action could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards. Not much experience is needed to be fully aware of human weakness and to understand that human beings—and especially the young, who are so exposed to temptation—need incentives to keep the moral law, and it is an evil thing to make it easy for them to break that law. Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection.
Finally, careful consideration should be given to the danger of this power passing into the hands of those public authorities who care little for the precepts of the moral law. Who will blame a government which in its attempt to resolve the problems affecting an entire country resorts to the same measures as are regarded as lawful by married people in the solution of a particular family difficulty? Who will prevent public authorities from favoring those contraceptive methods which they consider more effective? Should they regard this as necessary, they may even impose their use on everyone. It could well happen, therefore, that when people, either individually or in family or social life, experience the inherent difficulties of the divine law and are determined to avoid them, they may give into the hands of public authorities the power to intervene in the most personal and intimate responsibility of husband and wife.
Janet E. Smith is the author of Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later and of the Right to Privacy and the editor of Why Humanae Vitae Was Right: A Reader. Prof. Chris Kaczor and Prof. Smith co-authored Life Issues, Medical Choices, Questions and Answers for Catholics. She has recently edited with Fr. Paul Check, Living the Truth in Love: Pastoral Approaches to Same Sex Issues. Her articles have been published in many academic journals, has been a regular columnist for the National Catholic Register and blogs on CatholicVote.com.
She is served three terms as a consulter to the Pontifical Council on the Family and currently is a member of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission, III.
She has received two honorary doctorates and several other awards for scholarship and service. More than two million copies of her talk, “Contraception: Why Not” have been distributed.
Mary Rice Hasson is the Kate O’Beirne Fellow in the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., where she also directs the Catholic Women’s Formun, a network of Catholic professional women and scholars seeking to amplify the voice of Catholic women supporting human dignity, authentic freedom, and Catholic social teaching. She speaks frequently at national conferences, regional family and diocesan women’s conferences and conducts workshops for Catholic dioceses on gender ideology.
Her writing has appeared in a variety of websites, policy journals, and scholarly publications, including Public Discourse, Our Sunday Visitor, The National Catholic Register, and First Things. She is the co-author of the new book Get Out Now: Why You Should Pull Your Child From Public School Before It’s Too Late.
She graduated from the University of Notre Dame and the University Dame Law School, and she and her husband, Kevin J. “Seamus” Hasson have seven children and one grandchild.
Fr. Robert McTeigue, S.J., is a member of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus. A professor of philosophy and theology, and a member of the National Ethics Committee of the Catholic Medical Association. He has taught and lectured in North and Central America, Europe and Asia and is known for his classes in both rhetoric and medical ethics. He has long experience in spiritual direction, retreat ministry and religious formation.
Vicki Thorn is an international speaker and author on the topics of abortion’s aftermath in women, men and others as well as the process of post-abortion healing. She also speaks internationally on the biology of bonding and attachment; the Biochemistry of Sex and the Biology of the Theology of the Body.
Angela Lanfranchi, M.D. is a breast cancer surgeon and pro-life activist. She graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1975 and has been in practice for 42 years. She a co-founder and current president of The Breast Cancer Prevention Institute.
The Sisters of Life are a contemplative / active religious community of women founded in 1991 by John Cardinal O’Connor for the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life. Like all religious communities they take the three traditional vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. They also are consecrated under a special, fourth vow to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life. Reverence and gratitude for the unique and unrepeatable gift of each human life made in the image and likeness of God fuels the prayer of each Sister in building the Kingdom of God and the “Culture of Life.”
Archdiocese of Philadelphia – Office for Life and Family