We had a difficult session last week. We “woke
up” to a new reality. Humanity is changing before
our eyes. The reality will grow darker still this
The Ultimate Temptation
• Ricoeur has called Freud, Marx, and Nietzsche
„masters of suspicion‟” (John Paul II, October 29,
• Fredrick Nietzsche: the desire for human to hasten
their evolution into the “superman.”
• Karl Marx: economic objectification of the individual.
• Sigmund Freud: the desire to “kill the father.”
• Sartre and du Beauvoir: Man is absolute freedom.
Love is impossible. It restricts our freedom so that it
makes us less human. Woman are the “sex second.”
The bond to the child restricts their freedom. To
become more human, they must become more free
by rejecting their maternity.
The Pill as a Type of “Anti-Sacrament”
• Contraception separates man and woman
from each other and allows them to “hide”
from God the Father.
• It takes the form of an “anti-sacrament.”
• It is a sign of the spiritual reality, but it also
activates that reality.
• Man, woman and their relationship is being
• The decision of man and woman is impacting
all of creation.
Now it is time for us to talk money! Contraception
is BIG business. It‟s potential customer base
includes half of the world‟s population – on a daily
basis for approximately 30-35 years!
The Ultimate Market
Western Europe 68.6
Australia/New Zealand 71.7
Northern Europe 77.2
North America 72.9
Central America 63.0
Eastern Asia 81.3
Middle Africa 6.6
Eastern Africa 22.9
Source: Percentage of women aged 15-49,
in a union. United Nations Population
Division, World Contraceptive Use, 2011.
* Includes: Sterilization, Pill, Injectable,
Implant, IUD, Condom, Vaginal Barrier.
Source: United Nations Population Division, World
Contraception Use, 2011.
A Heavily Subsidized Industry
Expenditures in Millions 1982 1994 2010
Domestic Contraception – Federal 275 553 2,077
Domestic Contraception – State 53 162 294
Domestic Sterilizations – Federal 50 144 93
Domestic Sterilizations – State 5 4 NA
Domestic Abortions – Federal 1 NA 0.272
Domestic Abortions – State 67 90 68
Total Domestic451 953 2,532
Population Research – Federal 150 NA NA
Source: Kasun, J., “The War Against Population: The Economics and Ideology of World Population Control,” Ignatius Press, 1999, Table 7-1.
United States Agency International Development, Agency Financial Report, Fiscal Year 2010.
Sonfield, A., et al, “Public Funding for Family Planning, Sterilization and Abortion Services, FY 1980-2010, Allan Guttmacher Institute, March 2012.
*Note: Includes other expenditures not able to separated from expenditures on population control.
US Agency for International Development 211 1,205 2,848*
Total Expenditures8122,158 5,380
Large scale government support of a product that
makes billions of dollars annually raises some
serious questions. We will allow Pope Paul VI to
lead us on our journey.
The “Prophecy” of Pope Paul VI
“Let them consider, first of all, how wide and easy a road
would thus be opened up towards conjugal infidelity and
the general lowering of morality … It is also to be feared
that the man … may come to the point of considering her
as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment, and no longer
as his respected and beloved companion. Let it be
considered also that a dangerous weapon would thus be
placed in the hands of those public authorities who take
no heed of moral exigencies.”
Pope Paul VI
Humanae Vitae, #17
Source: General Social Survey, 1972-2010.
Year of Marriage
Infidelity & General Lowering of
Source: Centers for Disease Control, “Sexual
Behavior and Selected Health Measures: Men and
Women 15-44 Years of Age, U.S., 2002”
Number of Partners
Source: “The Social Organization of Sexuality,”
University of Chicago Press, 1994.
Year of Birth
65.7Sexual Partners Cohabitation
Mere Instrument of Selfish Enjoyment
Source: Lane, Frederick S., “Obscene Profits – The Entrepreneurs
of Pornography in the Cyber Age,” Routledge, 2000.
• Pornography consumption has
exploded in past generation.
• Magnitude is hidden by several
factors including: under reporting of
revenue and technological change.
• In late 1950‟s typical was a stag film
costing over $100.
• In mid 1970‟s typical was a
magazine costing $5.
• In late 1980‟s typical was a rented
VHS costing $2.
• Today it is the internet.
Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States.
U.S Census Bureau, Table MS-2: Estimated Median Age of First Marriage, by
Sex: 1890 to Present, www.census.gov/population/socdemo/hh-
No Longer Beloved Companion
• The percentage of marriages
ending before the 20th
Anniversary has increased by
• The median age of 1st marriage
for men has increased by 4.3
• For the first time in history,
married households make up less
than ½ of all households in the
Pope Paul VI also ominously warned that “public
authorities” would potentially use contraception as
a weapon. This, too, is being fulfilled before our
Freedom from Maternity
“The Platform for Action is an agenda for women‟s
empowerment. It aims … at removing all the
obstacles to women‟s active participation in all
spheres of public and private life through a full and
equal share in economic, social, cultural and political
decision-making … Maternity, motherhood, parenting
and the role of women in procreation must not be a
basis for discrimination nor restrict the full
participation of women in society.”
United Nations 4th World Conference on Women
Beijing, China, September 4-15, 1995
Conference Report, #1, #29
The Path to Equality
“Survey data suggest that approximately 120 million additional women
world wide would be currently using a modern family-planning method if
more accurate information and affordable service were easily available.
These numbers do not include the substantial and growing numbers of
sexually active unmarried individuals wanting and in need of information
and services … To meet their needs and close the existing large gaps in
services, family planning and contraceptive supplies will need to expand
very rapidly over the next several years … All countries should take steps
… by the year 2015 to provide universal access to a full range of safe and
reliable family-planning methods.”
International Conference on Population and Development
Cairo, Egypt September 5-13, 1994
Plan of Action, Chapter 7
A Culture of Death
“We are in fact faced by an objective „conspiracy
against life,‟ involving even international institutions,
engaged in encouraging and carrying out actual
campaigns to make contraception, sterilization and
abortion widely available. Nor can it be denied that the
mass media are often implicated in this conspiracy, by
lending credit to that culture which presents recourse
to contraception, sterilization, abortion and even
euthanasia as a mark of progress and a victory of
Pope John Paul II
Evangelium Vitae, #17
Source: United Nations Population Division,
World Fertility Data 2008.
Total Fertility Rate in Europe
1.34 1.37 1.30
Replacement Fertility Rate = 2.1
1000 1150 1300 1450
The Death of the European Culture
Source: United Nations Population Division
World Population Prospects: The 2010 Revision
Medieval Sourcebook (Fordham University)
Median Age: 52.1 Years
Women Aged 20-40:
9.6% of Total Population
Another Ideology of Evil
“It is legitimate and even necessary to ask
whether [the socioeconomic system of the
West] is not the work of another ideology of
evil, more subtle and hidden, perhaps, intent
upon exploiting human rights themselves
against man and against the family.”
Pope John Paul II
Memory and Identity, p. 11
The United States is playing a major role in
pushing a vision of “freedom” around the globe.
A Role for the United States
• The family is absent from French Enlightenment
philosophy, where the basis of society is the
relationship between the individual and the state.
• The United States is the first country to adopt
Enlightenment philosophy as the basis for a country.
• The United States “exported” its vision of “freedom” to
help establish democracies throughout Europe.
• The United States feels a manifest destiny to continue
to “export” its vision of “freedom” throughout the world.
• The United States uses its economic, military, and
cultural power to accomplish its goal through numerous
A New “Freedom” for Modern Culture
“For two decades of economic and social
developments, people have organized intimate
relationships and made choices that define their
views of themselves and their places in society, in
reliance on the availability of abortion in the event
that contraception should fail. The ability of
women to participate equally in the economic and
social life of the Nation has been facilitated by
their ability to control their reproductive lives.”
United States Supreme Court
Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 1992
Perhaps we need to rediscover the freedom to be
“Only a person can love and only a person can be
Pope John Paul II, Mulieris Dignitatem, #29
The Third Millennium of Families
Small Group Discussion
1. How can you keep your life focused on the
primacy of love?
2. How can you help our others focus on the
freedom to be fully human?