Divine Mercy Q&A

Part Two: Indefensible or Indispensable?

The following is part two in a series on contraception. To read part one, click here.

In the early 1960s, with the invention of the birth control pill, the first highly effective method of contraception, the Catholic Church was faced with a dilemma: Should the new techniques of birth control lead the Church to change its traditional teaching on contraception?

Contraception Part 1: Indefensible or Indispensable?

Over the past few years I received several questions on the Church's teachings about contraception, and I have been looking for a good opportunity to address this important issue in-depth. Well, it seemed to me that there is no better time than the Easter Season to do so, since at this time of the liturgical year we celebrate the new life that Jesus Christ came to earth to bring, and contraception is a major foundation stone of the anti-life culture that surrounds us today throughout most of the world.

The Chaplet: Can We Make Our Own Version?

A reader of this column named Aurora sent me a question that has been sent to me, in related forms, by at least a half dozen people over the past few months:
 

If God is so Merciful, Why Is There a Hell? (Part Two)

The following is a response to a response. Let me clarify. I wrote a column on Feb. 3, titled "If God is So Merciful, Why is There a Hell?" In the reader comment section beneath it, a man named Mike responded with concerns regarding the doctrine of hell. The following is my response to Mike:

Dear Mike,

I certainly appreciate your compassion for those in hell. No doubt, our Savior, in one sense, shares it. But while I am sure it was unintentional, I think several of the points you made were misinformed.

If God is so Merciful, Why is There a Hell?

Several people wrote to me recently about the references to hellfire and damnation in St. Faustina's Diary. Not surprisingly, they referred especially to St. Faustina's terrifying vision, recorded in entry 741:

Is God's Will Always Done?

A woman named Alexa was bewildered about something in the Diary of St. Faustina, so she wrote to me:

Does His Mercy Extend Even to Satan Worshippers?

Our televisions and computer screens are filled with fascination with the occult these days. Demon warriors battle with cyborg SWAT teams in the latest computer games, while sexy teen vampires draw millions to the movie theaters. At the college where I teach theology, an English professor recently announced that he was going to add the book Dracula to his English literature course; student enrollment in his classes almost doubled overnight!

Part 4: What's So Painful About Purgatory?

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is part 4 of Dr. Robert Stackpole's response to a Protestant student in one of his theology classes who recently asked him to defend the Catholic doctrine of purgatory. Read part one, part two, and part three.

By Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD (Nov. 11, 2009)

Part 3: Are the Fires of Purgatory Real Fires?

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is part 3 of Dr. Robert Stackpole's response to a Protestant student in one of his theology classes who recently asked him to defend the Catholic doctrine of purgatory. Read part one and part two.

By Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD (Nov. 4, 2009)

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