Episode 5: Contraception - Not!
Episode Highlights

• Dr. Angela Lanfranchi of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute and Theologian Dr. Janet Smith of Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit give an overview of the problems with artificial contraception and the history of birth control.

• Dr. Lanfranchi gives details about the connection between cancer and the Pill which was classified as a Group One carcinogen.

• Co-hosts look at Church teaching regarding artificial contraception and the predictions of Pope Paul VI in Humanae Vitae.

• Co-hosts chat about their own journeys in coming to understand what and why the Church teaches regarding artificial contraception.


The Kitchen Madonna

The Kitchen Madonna:
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Magnificat can be used to follow the daily Mass and can also be read at home for personal or family prayer.
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Discussion Questions
  • Have you been told by your doctor about the dangers of artificial contraception especially the long list of health problems with the birth control Pill?
  • Have you been pressured by your doctor to go on the Pill or to put your daughter on the Pill?
  • Did you know about the four major predictions of Pope Paul VI given in Humanae Vitae/Of Human Life?
  • What do these predictions tell us about the wisdom of the Church, especially given the current cultural climate today?
  • What are your thoughts regarding how the Church, in her divine wisdom and working through the Holy Spirit and Pope, was able to stand strong against the push for artificial contraception especially during the turbulent sixties?
  • Have you sought spiritual direction/confession for past contraceptive practices?
  • Are you aware that you can attend a Rachel Vineyard’s retreat to deal with your contraceptive grief? www.rachelsvineyard.org. (Janet Morana attended this and found peace and healing)
Additional Resources
Janet's Homework Assignment
Janet's Homework
Watch Contraception Why Not?
Read Humanae Vitae and use the Priests for Life study guide
Read Teresa’s Book Newsflash
Read Dr. Theresa Burke’s Contraception of Grief