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We urgently need to re-orientate the debate about Natural Fertility Awareness

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On The Catholic Herald website, I have a post on Natural Fertility Awareness. The mere mention of Natural Fertility Awareness (NFA), often referred to as Natural Family Planning (NFP), causes some young Catholics to throw their eyes to heaven. For more than five years, whenever this topic comes up, I’ve been asking them why they so strongly reject it and have no intention of ever using it. Their personal reasons are not what we might expect... To read the full post go here.

"Getting arrested saved my life"

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Few people would be grateful for having spent 10 years in prison. But James
Bishop was imprisoned for a decade, and hails it as a lifesaver. “Getting arrested saved my life,” he says. “Had I not been jailed in 1999, I am
convinced that I would have died soon after.”

I meet James on a hot London day with sun pouring down. He tells me he was born in 1965 in a Los Angeles convent run by the Sisters of Holy Family Adoption Services, who cared for unmarried mothers. His mother was 15, and she gave him up for adoption. In his new family, James was the second of four. All the children were adopted and he was raised by “an extremely devout Catholic dad”. His adoptive mother was a covert alcoholic, getting inebriated while they were at school.

When he was growing up, he resolved to abandon Catholicism as soon as
he turned 18. He chose to do electrical engineering at university and it
was on the first day there that he drank his first bottle of whiskey, “to drown
out the anxiety that I felt at…

Fr Ray Blake described the reality of helping the poor. He should be applauded, not castigated

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Visit The Catholic Herald to learn why the recent trials of Fr Ray Blake show, discussing the grubby nature of actually helping the poor is a tricky business.

Fr Ray is considering putting a stop to his blogging. This would be a victory for the worst kind of censorship. It’s a form of intellectual suppression that misinterprets a priest’s realistic experience, and punishes him for being honest.

A friend going under the knife...

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Hello Everyone, 

A friend of mine is soon to have a serious operation.  I invite you to join me in praying to the Infant Jesus of Prague the my friend's time on the operating table will mean that they get better and enjoy a full recovery. 

Powerful Novena in Urgent Need

(In cases of great urgency, a novena of hours may be made instead of "days." The prayers should, if possible, be repeated at the same time every hour for nine consecutive hours.)

Oh Jesus, who has said, "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you," through the intercession of Mary, Your most holy Mother, I knock, I seek, I ask that my prayer be granted.

(Mention your request.)

Oh Jesus, who has said, "All that you ask of the Father in My Name He will grant you," through the intercession of Mary, Thy most holy Mother, I humbly and urgently ask Thy Father in Thy Name that my prayer be g…

I thought we should hit Assad hard, but Pope Francis has changed my mind...

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Over at The Catholic Herald, I chart my change of heart on Syria