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  • 1. NFP vs. Artificial Contraception
    • I. Humanae Vitae review
      • A. To whom is Humanae Vitae addressed?
      • B. Can artificial birth control ever be used?
    • II. Conscience & Church Teaching
      • A. Ann LeBlanc
      • B. Truth and Authority
      • III. Different perspectives on birth control: Ruether & Heaney vs. the Pope (& Smith)
      • A. On what’s natural (breadcrumbs, etc.)
      • B. On their understanding of sex in marriage
  • 2. GOD
  • 3. Church Teaching on Conscience
      • “ It is through … conscience that [people] see and recognize the demands of the divine law. [All are] bound to follow this conscience faithfully in all [their] activity so that [they] may come to God, who is [their] last end. Therefore, [they] must not be forced to act contrary to … conscience.” (Declaration on Religious Liberty, §3)
  • 4. Conscience & Church Teaching
    • Is Ann LeBlanc a ‘bad Catholic’?
      • Why might Catholics disagree with/dissent from what the Church officially teaches?
      • Can dissent from Church teaching ever be beneficial?
    • Authority and Truth
      • Fr. Curran on whether the pope always speaks directly for God
      • Can one’s informed conscience ever be wrong?
        • Are we back to relativism and the Auschwitz principle?!
  • 5. Truth and Authority Does Authority = Truth? Is Authority > Truth? Is Authority < Truth?
  • 6. A (Less) Partial Catholic Organizational Chart Bishops (teaching is “one of the principal duties of bishops”) Pope (“the Supreme Teacher of all the faithful”) Magisterium The Holy Spirit (the Source of Truth)
  • 7. The Whitney Houston Model of Catholicism How will I know? I’m askin’ you ‘cause you know about these things...
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