Religious/Personal

Zealous for the Truth… For a Reason

Fr. Matthew Habiger, from Kansas Monk magazine

Fr. Matthew Habiger, from Kansas Monk magazine

He’s a zealous advocate for Catholic couples faithful to the Church’s teaching of NFP.

Father Matthew Habiger is a moral theologian, who believes that influential movements begin with one good person at a time. His current goal is to raise the number of Catholic ob-gyns who teach NFP from one percent to five percent, saying:

“Of Catholic gynecologists, only one percent is with us… That’s pathetic. The other 99 percent are part of the problem. A couple hears about God’s plan from their pastor but then goes to their Catholic ob-gyn and gets prescribed the pill. If our main allies aren’t doing what they are supposed to, we aren’t going to go very far.”

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Teaching Couple Busy With Naperville NFP Intro Classes

Part of Joliet-area Parish Pre-Cana Program

Busier giving the NFP intro sessions

Busier giving the NFP intro sessions

If you think Natural Family Planning is a hidden secret among engaged couples, that’s not true for at least one parish in the Joliet, IL diocese.

Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in downtown Naperville require all who marry there to take the first of a series of three NFP classes. The introductory class is held once a month. The Couple to Couple League (CCL) is now one of the organizations giving these sessions.

CCL Teaching Couple Chris and Debbie Lillig now teach three times as many of these first classes as the entire three-part series.

In its wedding planning section, the parish website states,

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Columbus, OH Doctor Gives Artificial Birth Control the Boot in Favor of NFP

Dr. Parker’s decision seems to be part of a national trend toward NFP

Nearly ten years ago, Dr. Michael Parker, a Columbus, OH area obstetrician/gynecologist stopped prescribing contraception both because of his Catholic faith and because he felt that birth control methods were causing many side effects in some patients. Now he promotes only Natural Family Planning.

This is certainly good news to anyone who sees the spiritual, moral and health dangers of contraception, and it seems to be part of a trend of medical professionals turning away from contraception and toward Natural Family Planning.

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