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Sexual Common Sense
The Catholic Church has a wisdom about sexuality derived from Scripture and natural law (good common sense) that too few Catholics know and live.  Sexual Common Sense features publised articles and  frequently asked questions addressing some of the most controversial issues of our day.  Written and compiled by Janet E. Smith, an author and expert on Catholic Ethics, they make clear the common sense teachings of the Chuch on sexuality.  Addressing issues from abortion to contraception and bioethics, Sexual Common Sense will arm you with information and insights that will help you both live out and spread the Churchs' teachings.

"What percentage of Catholics use contraception?"
Sexual Common Sense - Janet E. Smith's Frequently Asked Questions
Written by Dr. Janet E. Smith   
Thursday, 12 May 2011 12:00


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Promoting Humanae Vitae and Natural Family Planning in the Parish
Sexual Common Sense - Janet E. Smith's Articles
Written by Dr. Janet E. Smith   
Tuesday, 10 May 2011 12:00

Priests often ask me what they can do at the parish level to promote Humanae Vitae and Natural Family Planning. What must first be established is the importance of this task. I firmly believe that if priests inspired their parishioners to do just two things, most everything else they want to do with them and for them would be significantly easier. These two things are:
  1. promoting Eucharistic Adoration and
  2. promoting fidelity to the Church’s teaching on sexuality.
Catholics who do both are generally receptive to all the teachings of the Church and much inclined to be generous with their time, talents, and money in various apostolic activities. They are likely to have happier marriages as well, and that brings an abundant number of blessings on the family, the Church and society. If pastors only knew how the Faith and happiness of their flock would increase by engaging in Eucharistic Adoration and in avoiding fornication, contraception, sterilization, adultery, and immoral reproductive technologies, they would work hard to find the best ways to promote Church teaching in these areas. A tremendous resource for priests who wish to serve their parishioners by preaching the truth about sexual morality is the set of tapes entitled “NFP Talks for Clergy” [1] Father Randy Moreau speaks of how he preaches NFP in his parish and the remarkable consequences of that preaching, couples tell of their experience with NFP, and Dr. Philip Fleming explains why contraception is bad medicine and NFP is healthy.


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"What evidence do you have that there is too much estrogen in the environment?"
Sexual Common Sense - Janet E. Smith's Frequently Asked Questions
Written by Dr. Janet E. Smith   
Thursday, 05 May 2011 12:00


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Pope John Paul II, Feminists, Women, and the Church
Sexual Common Sense - Janet E. Smith's Articles
Written by Dr. Janet E. Smith   
Tuesday, 03 May 2011 12:00

There are many injustices in this world; one of the greater among them is the perception among feminists that the Catholic Church and Pope John Paul II are not friends of women. In this, the fifth year before the millennium, Pope John Paul II seems to be making a concerted effort to reach out to women, perhaps especially feminists. In this year alone, he has made three quite remarkable public statements concerning women; on January 1, he delivered a public address focussed on women and world peace; in his Holy Thursday address to priests, he focussed on the proper relationships between priests and women; and in his Letter to Women on the eve of the International Conference on Women in Beijing, he shocked the world by apologizing for the wrongs done to women by the cultures of the world and by some members of the Church. A glance at the content of these three addresses on women should give us a sense of the profound interest that Pope John Paul II expresses in the situation of women.

In his letter on peace, Pope John Paul II "invite[d] [women] to become teachers of peace with their whole being and in all their actions." He believes that women play an essential role in advancing peace in this world, not so much because he expects them to become international diplomats and negotiators, but rather because he thinks women are in a unique position to understand the innate dignity of the human person and are responsible for shaping future generations to recognize that dignity. He states that God "entrusts the human being in a special way" to women. He asserts that society must be structured in such a way that women are not discriminated against and that families receive special protection; both are essential to the achievement of peace.

Pope John Paul II's writings of women reflect a sometimes astonishing sensitivity to women's concerns. The following is representative of the delicacy of his touch:

I urge everyone to reflect on the critical importance of the role of women in the family and in society, and to heed the yearning for peace which they express in words and deeds and, at times of greatest tragedy, by the silent eloquence of their grief. (LP)



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"What evidence do you have that chemical contraceptives are carcinogenic?"
Sexual Common Sense - Janet E. Smith's Frequently Asked Questions
Written by Dr. Janet E. Smith   
Thursday, 28 April 2011 12:00

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