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Spirituality abounds on campus

Posted on 21 August 2008 by Thomas Klind

If you took a tour as a prospective first year student at Marquette, you were probably made aware of our great reputation as a school of higher learning. You most likely experienced a brief overview of what goes on at University Ministry, now Campus Ministry, from your tour guide as you walked through the union, and maybe heard something about a MAP trip or Mass at the St. Joan of Arc Chapel on Tuesday nights.

During orientation week you will be bombarded with phrases like “magis” and “ad majoren dei gloriam” until you cannot take it anymore. These are all typical religious talking points for most of campus, but to be honest, while these things are great, they do not even scratch the surface of the different faith based initiatives at Marquette.

In association with its Jesuit identity, Marquette offers 12 Catholic Masses per week. The popular Tuesday night Mass at St. Joan of Arc Chapel is led by the Rev. John Naus, S.J., who is a great guy. But there are other great Jesuits who lead different Masses throughout the week such as the Rev. Thomas Anderson, S.J., the Rev. Frank Majka, S.J., the Rev. Michael Zeps, S.J., the Rev. Joseph Mueller, S.J., and a “host” of others. These Masses are held Monday through Friday at 12 p.m. and Monday through Thursday at 10 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Chapel. There are also five Masses during the day at Gesu Parish. And that doesn’t even cover the weekends, where Marquette has a special Mass at 4 p.m. on Sundays at which the Liturgical Choir sings.
During the year you will find Taize services, reconciliation services and weekly meetings by groups such as Catholic Outreach, who meet on Thursdays at 8 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Family. The Eucharistic Chapel outside of Campus Ministry is also open at the same times as the Alumni Memorial Union for silent prayer opportunities.

With regards to non-Catholic Christian groups and services on campus, check out Lutheran Campus Ministry and Pastor Brad Brown at his Lutheran service at 6 p.m. Sundays at the Chapel of the Holy Family. If you sing or play an instrument, they are always looking for extra participants.
Campus Crusade, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and “The Ave,” a non-denominational Christian group, are also non-Catholic alternatives on campus. Campus Ministry also runs an Islamic prayer room in the Alumni Memorial Union. You can find out more about Catholic and non-Catholic services in Campus Ministry, which is located on the first floor of the Union.

Although the main services on campus are great, there are many lesser-publicized, but still prevalent religious outlets. College is about learning and growing. If you are struggling in class, go talk to your teacher. If you are curious about your faith, go talk to your hall minister; every residence hall has at least one. You don’t need to have any questions; you don’t need to go to church with him or her. Just knock on their door.

College is a chance to grow and change. So many people who came to college without any faith in a higher power have either developed a better appreciation for those that do have faith, or have developed a faith of their own. There are also many who were strong believers freshman year and are now agnostic or atheist. At this institution of higher learning, do not let the opportunity to learn about what else is out there slip through your fingers.

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Voting the issues: Marquette Catholics reflect on candidate abortion positions

Posted on 13 March 2008 by Remington Tonar

Christian voters are always confronted with difficult choices during election years and this year is turning out to be no different. Last Tuesday, Senator Barack Obama was victorious in the Wisconsin Democratic primary. Obama has a consistent record of supporting abortion, including partial birth abortion, the ban on which he did not support when he was in the Illinois legislature.

According to onotheissues.org, a site that tracks politician’s positions, Obama consistently votes in favor of embryonic stem cell research, and fought President Bush’s pro-life Supreme Court nominees. The Catholic Church’s teaching on these issues is clear and well known, especially on abortion, for which the Church has declared that any Catholic who “procures a successful abortion” is automatically excommunicated (Code of Canon Law no.1398). Further, the Church teaches that every citizen has a “co-responsibility for the common good” (Catechism of the Catholic Church no.2240), thereby noting that all citizens should vote for candidates who support the well being of all people, which includes the unborn and life in the embryonic stage.

Mike Movido, a sophomore active in Campus Crusade for Christ, who says, “No president will be able to greatly affect abortion laws. Look at how many years since Roe v. Wade that a pro-life President had been in office. Has Roe v. Wade ever been overturned?” Movido also noted that abortion rates in the United States paradoxically declined during the Clinton administration.

It is important to highlight that the Center for Disease Control data shows that four states saw a decline in abortions during the Clinton administration, including California, stopped reporting abortions to the CDC, which keeps track of abortion statistics.

Professor Dan Maguire, an ethics professor at Marquette, feels that abortion is not the most important social issue facing Christian voters, and that the conflict in Iraq is more pressing. He states, “the ongoing slaughter that our military are engaged in…should be at the top of the voting agenda.” Dr. Maguire points out that “war is an abortifacient (something that induces abortion)”. He notes that many pregnant women have become collateral damage in Iraq, and observes, “that kind of abortion does not seem to bother the right wing”.

Matthew Dambach, a junior and practicing Catholic, disagrees. “Democrats stand against the Church’s teaching on abortion. Being pro-choice is like being pro-murder. I would never vote for anybody who thought it was okay to kill other people, much less one who would put justices in the courts to uphold laws allowing it”.

So, as election season continues to take shape, morally-minded students will have to make choices on who to vote for. For many students, the choice forces them to prioritize their beliefs and vote their priorities. For some students the decision is not a hard one, like Dambach who adds that “if statistics included abortion as a cause of death, it would be the leading cause of death in the world”.

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How Catholic is Marquette? Not enough

Posted on 07 November 2007 by Robert Christensen

There were many reasons why I chose to attend Marquette. I thought the campus was beautiful; I liked the city atmosphere and I was looking for a decent sized school with smaller classes. But the most important reason was Marquette’s Catholic identity. Having attended Catholic school throughout grade school, junior high and high school, I wanted to continue my education at a Catholic University.

I know many people come to school here because of this Catholic identity and that is why it is so unfortunate to see Marquette losing it. The Jesuits were created to be the Pope’s “Army,” defenders of the Pope. But rather than defend the Catholic Church’s teachings, the administration seems to be more focused on creating a more diverse student base or moving up in the rankings made by “U.S. News and World Report.”

Marquette’s Catholic identity should be the focus of the administration with the other two concerns being secondary. As of right now, this is not the case. Students can graduate without taking a single Catholic Theology class. Many students here do not even know what the Catholic Church’s teachings are, let alone why they are in place. This lack of understanding is why many people consider the Church to be intolerant, harsh or irrational. By teaching every student here the truth, everyone, Catholics and Non-Catholics alike, will benefit because they will no longer be confused or believe some rumor.

This understanding of the Church will help further the “free market” of ideas at Marquette because they will understand what is really taught by the Church versus what they thought was taught. Students will, at the very least, understand where the Church comes from — even if they do not agree with it. In order to reach this goal of full understanding of the Theology of the Catholic Church, some changes have to be made.

The first thing Marquette should do to achieve this goal is to require every student to take a theology class on the teachings of the Catholic Church. Right now students can fulfill their Theo 001 requirement by taking a wide assortment of theology classes, and while these classes are beneficial, they should only be taken after they have received a class on Catholic Church teaching. This would go a long way in helping students understand what the Church teaches and why. Catholics and non-Catholics alike would benefit from this education because many people do not understand the Church, even its own members.

Marquette should then remove or correct professors who actively teach in direct contradiction to the Catholic Church. For example, Dr. Dan Maguire teaches an extremely liberal theology class in which he claims that the Church actually says that same-sex marriage, abortion and pre-marital sex are not sins at all. It would be one thing if this was what Dr. Maguire personally believed, but it is quite another to pass this idea on as the stance of the Catholic Church. This open contradiction to the Church’s teachings can cause confusion amongst Catholic and non-Catholics and could lead someone in the completely wrong direction. The goal of the “free market” of ideas is to find the truth so anything that is inherently false can be removed.

Finally, the University should make an effort to incorporate the Church’s teachings into more of its classes. Theology is not a field all by itself but one that is intertwined with biology, chemistry, political science and even economics. It would be refreshing to pull a lot of these classes together, to make them relate to one another while allowing students to see this relationship.

All of these things would both make Marquette more loyal to the Catholic Church and better the university’s education as a whole. These suggestions will not destroy the free market of ideas but enlarge them, put them into a larger perspective. Classes on Islam, Buddhism or other Christian faiths should remain but be looked at in relation to Catholicism. Marquette has not become what it is today in spite of its Catholic identity but because of it. First and foremost, Marquette is a Catholic institution.

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Hypocrisy and the whole of Catholic social teaching

Posted on 02 November 2007 by Daniel Suhr

Every year, the Office of Student Development sponsors a Leadership Summit that brings Marquette students together to discuss a pressing issue or theme. I have attended several in the past and found them a mixture of generating productive ideas and kumbaya handholding.

This year’s theme is built around “civic engagement and how leadership makes a difference in modern day issues of civil rights, social justice, and equality.” Breakout sessions will focus on race relations, housing, education and poverty. That’s all fine, good and frankly to be expected at Marquette, but the list is incomplete. Where is building a Culture of Life where every child is welcomed in life and protected in law? Where is fighting for marriage and families against an onslaught of hostile societal forces?

Often times we hear liberal Catholics, good, well-meaning, faithful people, who say that we must represent “the whole of Catholic Social Teaching.”

Liberal Catholics level this phrase against conservative Catholics, both lay leaders and bishops, who they accuse of focusing so substantially on fighting abortion and same-sex marriage that they ignore issues like poverty and access to health care. Conservative Catholics respond, rightly I think, that certain policy issues are more morally pressing than others, and certain policy questions are less open to prudential judgment than others (i.e. faithful Catholics can disagree about whether the Iraq War met just war criteria; they cannot disagree about whether abortion is moral).

It is also fair to argue, though, that liberal Catholics “ignore the whole of Catholic Social Teaching” when they get to set the agenda. This conference is a perfect example of that reality: contending for the sanctity of life and for one man-one woman marriage are absent from the program, which focuses instead on big-government solutions to other social issues.

Several years ago, the United States Jesuit Conference promulgated “Standing for the Unborn,” a social statement that tied the fight against abortion into the larger Jesuit message of contending for justice.

The Jesuit Provincial Fathers wrote, “[O]ur common calling is to stand in solidarity with the unborn, the ‘least of our brothers and sisters’ (Matthew 25:40), through prayer and political activism.” A summit on civic engagement should take that calling seriously.

In response to my column last week, a helpful staff member of the Haggerty Art Museum points out that the Museum will be sponsoring an exhibition of photographs by awardwinning photojournalist Reverend Don Doll, S.J., incumbent of the Wade Chair next semester. The exhibition, “The Grandeur of God,” will feature images from Fr. Doll’s missions around the world. I encourage you to visit the Haggerty between January 31 and April 13 to see this exhibit and to show your support for Catholic art on campus.

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Freshmen summer reading: Manresa’s Missed Mission

Posted on 02 November 2007 by Abbi Ott

The First Year Reading Program aims to encourage students to see life from different perspectives but how is this mission being perceived by students?

Arriving in the mailboxes of incoming freshmen everywhere, book assignments for the First Year Reading Program have become an unsavory summer homework project.

Each year, the Manresa Project has chosen a book for freshmen to read during the summer, books that many students have chosen to ignore. According to Manresa, the books freshmen read help them explore their gifts and reflect upon how they can use those gifts to help others. The book aims to challenge student perspectives, showing them new ways of viewing the world.

“The purpose [of the First Year Reading Program] is to help students know who they are and how to be active citizens,” described Mary Ferwerda, assistant director of the Manresa Project. Many Marquette students, however, saw the summer reading as busywork and not a life changing experience.

“[I read it] because it was something that I had to read, I wasn’t expecting it to do much in my life,” said Alisa Leoni a sophomore in the college of Health Sciences.

Along with their book, every incoming freshman received study questions with a due date and was told to finish the text before arriving on campus for Orientation. But how many students followed through?

“I never read the book. The [discussion] classes were a joke. No one else read the book or even took it seriously,” said Mark Kane, a senior in the College of Communication. “It had no impact on my life whatsoever.”

Faculty members lead discussions on the readings at Freshmen Orientation, hypothetically holding students accountable for the reading material. Eric Greenwald, a freshman in the College of Engineering, admitted he had never read the book assigned to his class, “Bombingham” by Anthony Grooms, and there were no repercussions

Kane along with the rest of the class of 2008 read “Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott which detailed the struggles and triumphs of a writer. According to the First Year Reading Program website, “Writing is also a kind of metaphor for life: it helps you to observe and appreciate and listen to the world around you.” And for students with a background in the topic, this holds true.

“It did impact me because I really like to write and [Lamott] had interesting things to say about writing processes,” said Margaret Smith, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Some members of the class of 2009 had similar reactions when they read “A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest J. Gaines. In this novel, Grant Wiggins, an African American teacher who had been educated in the North, returns to his Southern community. While there, he is persuaded to help educate a man on death row so he could die with dignity.

“In the short-term, the book impacted me, but it didn’t really leave a lasting impression,” said Carrie Burklund, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences.

“It just seemed similar to all the other books about Southern conflict like in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’,” said Meaghan Minihan, a junior in the college of Arts and Sciences. Discouraged by this, Minihan only finished the first quarter of the novel.

“It did make me think about things that I wouldn’t normally consider, but once I put the book down it didn’t really last,” said Brady Jadin, a sophomore in the College of Business.

Lauren Miller, a sophomore in the College of Engineering, on the other hand, enjoyed her book, “Hunger” by Lan Samantha Chang. Chang wrote about a Chinese woman who faced competing pressures from her family and her struggle to make decisions in the midst of this struggle.

“It was really neat to learn about different cultures and the way that someone from these cultures looks at situations,” said Miller of her experience.

A reaction similar to that of Miller was the hope for the Class of 2011’s book, “Bombingham” by Anthony Grooms. Manresa stated that they chose “Bombingham” to “honor the 40th anniversary of the open housing marches of 1967 and 1968, a notable era in Milwaukee’s own civil rights history.”

In Grooms’ book, an African American soldier recalls his conflict between his family and his desire to participate in the Civil Rights movement.

“ ‘Bombingham’ opened my eyes to how life isn’t easy for everyone,” said Thomas Kavanagh, a freshman in the college of Business. For those students who did read the book, Manresa achieved its goal to encourage them to see things from a different perspective. However, the question still remains as to whose perspective the new freshmen were seeing.

The assigned books were chosen by a handful of faculty and administrators. These administrators were named to a board that is written in the grant Manresa received from the Lilly Endowment Inc. It included the Assistant Dean for New Student Programs, the Assistant Director of Manresa, the Director of Manresa, the Senior Associate Dean of the Office of Student Development, a representative from the English Department, and another faculty representative. Absent from this board were representatives from University Ministry, the Business School, the Chemistry Department and other social and natural science departments. Anyone in the Marquette community can nominate books for consideration but the final decision will be up to this board.

“We try to bring in cultural context such as race or geography to lift the program and have students glean something from it,” said Ferwerda.

In the last four years, two books have been about African American identity, one about Chinese Americans and one about a female writer.

However, despite Manresa’s attempts to widen student worldviews, many freshmen appeared to be left with only a vague impression of Marquette and its mission.

“The book didn’t impact me, but it did give me an idea as to who Marquette is and what it stands for,” said Jessica Strobel, a junior in the College of Health Sciences.

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Administration must be more strict with Maguire

Posted on 25 April 2007 by Daniel Suhr

He went looking for a fight and he found one.

Daniel Maguire, a member of Marquette’s Theology Department, sent a pair of pamphlets to all 270 American Catholic bishops – one arguing abortion is moral, the other arguing for gay marriage.

In a rare move, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine, composed of eight bishops and two cardinals, issued a “public correction of the erroneous views proposed in these pamphlets.”

Because a public rebuke by the bishops is both rare and serious, Marquette and Maguire have received significant recent national attention. In a statement responding to the New York Times, Marquette reiterated its defense of Maguire’s right to teach whatever he wants as a tenured professor.

Conservative critics like the Rev. Tom Euteneuer, president of Human Life International, have called for Marquette to dismiss Maguire straight away.

Other conservatives have offered suggestions that would not require Marquette to buy out Maguire’s tenure, but would still constitute strong disciplinary action.

Patrick Reilly of the Cardinal Newman Society has suggested Marquette transfer Maguire from Theology to another department to comply with canon law. In a letter to Fr. Wild, he wrote,

“Marquette University can find ways to end or at least diminish the scandals without violating Maguire’s contractual rights. Consider, for instance, the decision of Duquesne University in 2001 to transfer a dissenting tenured professor from the theology department to a university center for social and public policy. A lesser action might be to assign Maguire a faculty title that clearly identifies him as a non-Catholic theologian…”

Brian Olszewski, the executive editor of the Catholic Herald, Milwaukee’s official archdiocesan newspaper, has argued Marquette should at least stop Maguire from teaching classes.

And I have said on my blog that Marquette should not allow Maguire to use his affiliation with MU as a credential when making public statements (a move I believe is allowed by the AAUP’s Statement of Principles).

The point is that Marquette’s fervent protestations that “Our hands are tied by tenure” is not a defense in the face of the University’s other options.

The more subtle point is disproving the standard rhetoric that often labels conservative and pro-life commentators as “hard-line,” “ultra-orthodox,” “authoritarian,” or “uncompromising.”

Yet in this instance, as I think in other cases, the administration is the one that refuses to budge.

Conservative critics have given their ideal, firing Maguire, but have also offered several alternative options to spark dialogue. Yet the University declines the opportunity to compromise, fails to take any action and remains hard-line.

At a Catholic institution, Maguire’s pro-abortion advocacy should make him a Ward Churchill or Kevin Barrett. Instead, Marquette gives him its students, its money, and its good name to facilitate his crusade for a Planned Parenthood abortion mill on every street corner.

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Mixed reactions to ‘Monologues’

Posted on 25 April 2007 by Katie Pope

Considering the controversy over the past weeks, titling the April 14 dramatic reading of the Vagina Monologues “An Academic Conversation on Catholicism, Sexuality, and Human Rights,” seemed a simplistic approach to a complex issue.

The Monologues were hosted off-campus last year, but last weekend was the first time it was ever performed on Marquette’s campus. Before the reading began, the theatre was abuzz with curiosity, yet even the minimal set of the stage itself was a stark contrast to the controversy that circulated in regard to this performance.

There were two major reasons for the controversy surrounding this play’s performance on Marquette’s campus. The first has to do with the Cardinal Newman Society. The Newman Society’s focus is making sure Catholic ideals are upheld in Catholic universities across the country. This year they released a statement on their Web site condemning the play for its content, claiming the play disagrees with Catholic views on sex and sexuality.

Other Christian voices disagreed with the performance as well, including five prominent members of Maruqette’s religious student organizations: John Tadelski, Aaron Morey, Heather Rumple, Benjamin DuMontier and Margaret Smith together wrote a letter to the administration explaining their concern with this performance.

They wrote, “[t]he identification of the woman with her vagina is emphasized so greatly that the play does little more than reduce women’s sexuality to mere physicalism, without respecting the mind or spirit…We believe that the essence of woman cannot be reduced to merely the body or sexuality. We must also note that such an ignorance of the whole person directly opposes the mission of Marquette University, Cura Personalis.” The letter continued on to request that the administration support other forms of sexual education that respects the whole person in regards to Christian values.

The second major reason for the controversy comes from the mixed message that the administration is sending by hosting this play, which is also encompassed in the concluding line of the previous quote. Furthermore, last year, a student group, JUSTICE, tried to host a performance of The Vagina Monologues on campus. But they were denied permission to do so by the administration.

After the annoucement of the performance, Director of University Communicaions defended the decision to allow the Honors Program to host the Monologues, claiming, “academic units are free to host lectures, discussions and symposia that are appropriate to their subject areas.”

Even amidst all of this contradiction, The Vagina Monologues were performed in Helfaer Theatre with the title of “An Academic Conversation on Catholicism, Sexuality, and Human Rights.” The performance began with a foreword, which acknowledged both the positive and negative elements of this play and why in essence it attracts so much attention and controversy.

The night continued with the reading, dinner and finally concluding with a discussion with a panel including professor of political science Richard Friman, professor of Philosophy Theresa Tobin, professor of English Amelia Zurcher, and Rosalind Hinton of DePaul University’s Religious Studies Department.

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Perfect Planning

Posted on 28 February 2007 by Katelyn Ferral

For some couples, the decision to not have a child seems as easy as a reach for the Pill or a condom. But that’s not the case for Joshua Schulz, a teaching assistant and graduate student by day and Natural Family Planning advocate by night.

Schulz, who teaches philosophy at Marquette, and his wife Christine not only practice NFP in their personal lives but also are also public advocates for the lifestyle.

“There’s a better way of life out there,” Schulz said. “Marriage can be happier and better. We want to share that with other couples and be positive.”

Raised Methodist, Schulz did not learn about NFP or begin to view the Catholic Church as an authority on contraception until he met Christine. Shortly after Schulz converted to Catholicism, they were introduced to the benefits of a contraceptive—free marriage at a Couple to Couple International NFP class.

“The instructor noted that my wife and I were talkers and later approached us about teaching an NFP class,” Schulz said.

Seven years and two children later, Schulz and his wife are still teaching NFP classes to married and engaged couples, and also give talks at local church and Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) groups. They recently spoke to an RCIA group at Three Holy Women Parish on the east side, and will be speaking at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee later this month.


Schulz described NPF as “essentially taking a look at the body’s signs to figure out how or how not to get pregnant.”

He identified three main types of NFP: The sympto—thermo method, the Creighton method and the Marquette method. According to Couple to Couple International, symptom—thermo method involves, “a couple uses crosschecking signs of fertility: cervical mucus, waking temperatures and changes in the cervix itself” to determine times of fertility. The woman may also use secondary signs of fertility such as ovulation pain.

The Creighton method measures cervical mucus before and after urination only.


The third method recommended by Schulz, the Marquette method, is primarily used today in Marquette’s College of Nursing Institute for Natural Family Planning. It involves using a hormone monitor to measure hormones present in the woman’s urine stream in addition to analyzing cervical mucus.

Marquette has been providing professional services in NFP since 1985, and founded an Institute for Natural Family Planning on campus in 1997. The purpose of the institute, as stated on the College of Nursing Web site (www.marquette.edu/nursing/NFP/), is to provide professional “education, research and service in natural family planning (NFP). Reflecting the mission of Marquette University, the mission of the INFP is to serve God by contributing to the advancement of knowledge in NFP and by collaboration with the Catholic Church in local, state and national NFP programs.”

The three major goals of the INFP are to provide online NFP teacher training for health professionals, conduct research and scholarship in NFP and develop and offer innovative NFP services.


In 1999, a new method of NFP was developed at Marquette University that integrates new technology (the Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor — Unipath Diagnostics) with traditional natural biological markers of fertility. According to Unipath Diagnostics Inc., “the ClearPlan/Clearblue monitor is a hand—held device used to measure urinary female hormones that can help a woman confidently determine her fertile time.”

The Marquette Model of NFP is currently being evaluated in a number of cities in the United States including Milwaukee, Madison, Atlanta and Saint Louis, according to the College of Nursing Web site.


Modern NFP is a constantly evolving practice that is much different from the “rhythm method” of the late 60s and early 70s. The NFP lifestyle is gaining popularity and recognition among the public, particularly among younger generations.

“Natural Family Planning is becoming increasingly popular in younger orthodox Catholics,” Schulz said. “Older Catholics just don’t know as much about it.”

Although increasing numbers of Protestants are advocating for Natural Family Planning, the Catholic Church is still the primary advocate of NFP.

According to the 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, any action is excluded, “… which either before, at the moment of, or after sexual intercourse, is specifically intended to prevent procreation — whether as an end or as a means.”

The encyclical, or the teaching letter written by Pope Paul VI, also describes how “procreation is considered by the Church to be a primary or essential good to sex,” Schulz said.

While the Catholic Church is commonly regarded as the lone advocate of contraception—free marriage, no Christian churches considered contraception morally permissible before 1930, according to John F. Kippley’s “Birth Control and Discipleship.”

In his book, Kippley outlines religious communities’ views toward contraception throughout history, paying special attention to the changes in the Protestant doctrine.

For 70 years, the Christian community as a whole resisted the contraceptive movement. Kippley also writes that it was not until the Lambeth Conference of 1930 that “the Anglican Church broke from the previously unanimous teaching and allowed unnatural birth control devices and practices.” Within a few months, the Anglican break spread to the United States, and the Federal Council of Churches endorsed “the careful and restrained use of contraceptives by married people.”


Although Schulz is not directly involved with Marquette’s INFP, he is adamant about the many benefits of incorporating NFP into marriage.

“Natural family planning is so beneficial because it brings the couple together emotionally and has no side effects or cost,” Schulz said. “Communication is key in NFP.” Schulz also said couples who practice NFP tend to have a divorce rate at less than five percent

NFP is logical because the function of marriage according to the catechism is procreation, protection, essentially from desire (concubiscus) and mutual satisfaction, he said.

“The procreation aspect is what makes sex, sex. Therefore, when you take away an essential good, like procreation, it makes it intrinsically wrong,” he said.

Schulz’s view echoes the advocacy of Vicki Thorn, wife of journalism professor William Thorn and founder of Project Rachel. Project Rachel is a post—abortion ministry founded in Milwaukee in 1984 that has expanded internationally.

“With our contraceptive driven society, a couple’s bonding and communication is interfered with,” Thorn said. “Its God’s gift, teaching us how as a couple to live, to make marriages better.”

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Marching on fertile ground

Posted on 01 February 2006 by Mike Rudzinski

WASHINGTON D.C. – To the unassuming observer, the Capitol bears its usual mid-January ambiance. Congress is not in session, the ground is a mix between wet and cold and tourists make their way up and down the streets that are the foundations of our nation.
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