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Moral Issues

I. The Truth about Condoms–Response to Rhonheimer's Article in The Tablet

The condom has an inbuilt ordination to immoral activity. So many moral theologians seem to be incapable of grasping moral principle, among them The Tablet's Martin Rhonheimer. more

II. Condoms as Weapons of Self Defence

The President of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers has endorsed the use of condoms as weapons of self defence! His reasoning leaves much to be desired. more

III. Isn't a Condom Something like a Crash Helmet?

Well, isn't it? Isn't the preservation of one's life the most important thing? No. Not if it involves a breach of the moral law. more

IV. Is it Licit for a Woman to 'Adopt' a Frozen Embryo?

The answer to this question is, in our view, 'No'.  Here is the argument. Its thrust is subject to the formal ruling of the Church on the question. more

V. Common Ground?

This is a review of the book "Common Ground?", a collection of essays dealing with abortion and 'sex education' published in 2007.  The seven contributors are all Catholics involved in the field of bioethics; the editors are Fr John Fleming and Nicholas Tonti-Filippini.  The views of the majority of the contributors are, we argue, fundamentally defective.  more

VI. Christopher Pearson's Moral Theology

Catholic journalist, Christopher Pearson, demonstrates a defective understanding of the Church's teaching on human life.  more

VII. Suicide

In view of the appalling loss of life caused by the destruction of Germanwings flight 9525 on 24th March in the French Alps by the co-pilot, it seemed appropriate for us to put up again a paper published here in February 2010.  more

VIII. The Pope and the Question of 'Condoms'

The 45th anniversary of the proclamation of 'Dignitatis Humanae' seems an appropriate date on which to offer criticism of the parlous state of teaching in moral matters by the Church's current authorities. more

IX. The Pope and the Question of 'Condoms' - part two

The views expressed in the first part of this article have now been confirmed by Professor Martin Rhonheimer, one of the objects of its criticism.  Here we address Rhonheimer's arguments in detail; explain why the Pope was wrong in the opinion he expressed in his interview with Peter Seewald; and advise what he should do to correct it.  more

X. Worrying Times for Christ's Faithful People

We criticise here the views of respected Catholic commentator, George Weigel, and the content of the Note of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the words of the Pope in 'Luce del Mondo'. more

XI. The Morality of Preserving Human Embryos

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has issued two Instructions on bioethical questions, Donum Vitae (22.2.1987) and Dignitas Personae (8.9.2008).  This paper deals with an important issue dealt with in those papers, whether there is any solution to the question what is to be done with the multitude of human embryos preserved cryogenically.  The Congregation denies there is a solution: but the Congregation is wrong; there is a solution.  more

XII.The Suicide of Peter Roebuck

Respected cricket commentator and writer, Peter Roebuck, killed himself in South Africa recently.  No writer seems to have considered the critical issues his death raises. more

XIII. About Fr John C Ford SJ

Germain Grizez has published on his website at http://www.twotlj.org/Ford.html a short biography of one of the theologian heroes of the 1960s, Fr John Cuthbert Ford SJ.  We have reproduced the same article in Word format with a short commentary for those who wish to view it here. more

XIV. The Pope and the Question of ‘Condoms’

This is the republication in consolidated form of two papers published in 2010 in consequence of certain remarks by the then pope, Benedict XVI, to the effect that the use of a ‘condom’ in certain circumstances might be ‘a first step towards a moralisation’.   The principle to which the remarks refer, that one may do evil if some good may come of it, is in breach of the Church’s constant teaching.   more

XV. The Nonsense of ‘Gay Marriage’

Homosexuals cannot marry and any ‘law’ that says a union between them amounts to marriage has about as much effect as a ‘law’ directing the sun not to rise.  more

XVI. All Our Problems Began Over A Marriage

We consider the recent Australian High Court decision disallowing the legislation of the Australian Capital Territory parliament permitting ‘gay marriage’.  more

XV. 85th Anniversary of Casti Connubii

Pius XI penned this detailed encyclical in response to the disaster of the embrace by the Lambeth Conference of the Church of England in August 1930 of contraception.  more