Healing Relics, Humanae Vitae, and More Catholic Content

We get it. With all the content on the internet that diminishes Catholic values, it’s hard to find good quality media that helps build up personal faith. That’s why Ascension feels it is important to show you all the new content we offer on our website every week, to not only help strengthen your own Catholic faith but also to…

Hearkening to Humanae Vitae: Paul VI’s Prophecy #4

Part 5 of 5 This is part five of a five-part series unpacking the prophetic warnings Blessed Paul VI spoke in 1968 should the contraceptive pill be permitted and encouraged. It was first published on the Theology of the Body Institute’s website (tobinstitute.org), and is republished here with permission. View each part of the original series here: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part…

Hearkening to Humanae Vitae: Paul VI’s Prophecy #3

PART 4 OF 5 This is part four of a five-part series unpacking the prophetic warnings Blessed Paul VI spoke in 1968 should the contraceptive pill be permitted and encouraged. The series was first published on the Theology of the Body Institute’s website (tobinstitute.org), and is republished here with permission. View each part of the series here: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  Part…

Hearkening to Humanae Vitae: Paul VI’s Prophecy #2

PART 3 OF 5 This is part three of a five-part series unpacking the prophetic warnings Blessed Paul VI spoke in 1968 should the contraceptive pill be permitted and encouraged. The series was first published on the Theology of the Body Institute’s website (tobinstitute.org). View each part of the series here: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  Part 5 Today, we look at the…

Hearkening to Humanae Vitae: Paul VI’S Prophecy #1

PART 2 OF 5 This is part two of a five-part series unpacking the prophetic warnings Blessed Paul VI spoke in 1968 should the contraceptive pill be permitted and encouraged. The series was first published on the Theology of the Body Institute’s website (tobinstitute.org). View each part of the series here: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  Part 5 Today, we look at the…

Hearkening to Humanae Vitae: A 5 Part Series

Half a century ago this summer, the world witnessed the strength and conviction of Blessed Pope Paul VI, who despite the pressure of a culture fascinated with a new contraceptive technology, held fast to old ways. In a transient “society of the immediate”, Paul VI was pointing us to our deeper roots; to those ancient truths about the human person…

‘Stage Lights’ Are Falling: Contraception Questioned

Catholic theologian Christopher West has used the movie The Truman Show as an excellent metaphor for how our common, everyday assumptions are, at times, seriously flawed. For those of you who have not seen the movie, Truman Burbank (played by Jim Carrey) is a man who has been unknowingly raised on a massive television set, with every moment of his life…

Catholics, Conscience, and Catechesis

When we think about the word “conscience,” we often think about having “gut feelings,” “following your heart,” or “listening to your inner voice.” In the Catholic world, the issue of conscience took center stage in the Western developed nations during the time immediately following the release of the encyclical Humanae Vitae, in the late 1960s. Although present in the ensuing decades, frequent…

These 5 Quotes Against Contraception Aren’t All from Catholics

While Catholic leaders are among them, various noteworthy people have pointed out the dangers and immoral nature of contraception.

How Do We Fix This?

“Through some mysterious crack… the smoke of Satan has entered the Church of God. There is doubt, uncertainty, problems, unrest, dissatisfaction, confrontation. The Church is no longer trusted.” —Blessed Paul VI, June 1972 I’m sure many of you reading this article have had wonderful experiences with the Church and her good sons, just as I have. You may have a wonderful…

The Roundup of Ascension’s Weekly Content

Today we roundup all of Ascensions’ free content from the past week. Find your favorite talents below, or perhaps discover a new favorite. Ascension Presents Fr. Mike Schmitz Do Catholics Have to Respect Everyone? Sometimes it can be hard to respect the character of a person you really don’t like. That’s no problem, says Fr. Mike, because you can still respect…

What’s Missing from Most Responses to the Sex Abuse Crisis

First, I share the same outrage that everyone else feels toward the heinous things done, especially to the youth—the way in which purported spiritual fathers corrupted and defiled tender hearts and minds. And we should all be outraged by those who actively covered up their misdeeds, or enabled them by turning a blind eye. Happily, I am starting to hear…
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