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Class #05


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Class #05

  1. 1. NFP vs. Artificial Contraception <ul><li>I. Humanae Vitae review </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A. To whom is Humanae Vitae addressed? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>B. Can artificial birth control ever be used? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>II. Conscience & Church Teaching </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A. Ann LeBlanc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>B. Truth and Authority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>III. Different perspectives on birth control: Ruether & Heaney vs. the Pope (& Smith) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A. On what’s natural (breadcrumbs, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>B. On their understanding of sex in marriage </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. GOD
  3. 3. Church Teaching on Conscience <ul><ul><li>“ 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) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Conscience & Church Teaching <ul><li>Is Ann LeBlanc a ‘bad Catholic’? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why might Catholics disagree with/dissent from what the Church officially teaches? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can dissent from Church teaching ever be beneficial? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Authority and Truth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fr. Curran on whether the pope always speaks directly for God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can one’s informed conscience ever be wrong? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Are we back to relativism and the Auschwitz principle?! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Truth and Authority Does Authority = Truth? Is Authority > Truth? Is Authority < Truth?
  6. 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. 7. The Whitney Houston Model of Catholicism How will I know? I’m askin’ you ‘cause you know about these things...