Impressive lineup at San Francisco NFP conference

“Male & female he created them” draws star speakers

logo redone (640x435)On August 21 and 22 the Archdiocese of San Francisco is hosting the the 13th statewide conference of the California Association of Natural Family Planning. The conference, with the theme Male and Female He Created Them: Marriage and the Stewardship of the Body, will take place in the Event Center of the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, and will feature a top-drawer selection of speakers from as far away as the United Kingdom. The conference will examine practically every aspect of the war between the culture of life and the culture of death.

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Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse of the Ruth Institute will be one of the speakers at the California Association of Natural Family Planning.

The opening keynote presentation will be given by San Francisco’s Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, the chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage. The Archbishop will speak on ‘Stewardship of our Bodies: Responsible Parenthood’. The Archbishop will be joined by around 20 experts, including Professor Christopher Kaczor, visiting Fellow at Princeton and professor of philosophy at Loyola Marymount; Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse of the Ruth Institute, a project of the National Organization for Marriage; Dr. George Delgado, the physician who is pioneering the use of the abortion reversal pill; activist Jennifer Lahl, founder and president of the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network, who has done so much to draw attention the perils of “surrogate motherhood” and assisted reproductive technologies; Dr. Lynn Keenan and Sheila St. John President and Executive Director, respectively, of the California Association of Natural Family Planning, and others. The closing keynote address will be given by author Fiorella Nash ( who publishes under the name Fiorella de Maria) on A Path Worth Walking: Life Liberty and the Rise of Pro-Life Feminism.

The last topic is significant, as is the number of women at the conference, who constitute a majority of the speakers. Slowly and steadily, the true meaning of “Feminism,” a manifestation of the feminine genius as a distinct mode of human living in culture and society is being recaptured and is finding intellectual expression at the highest level. The expression is especially notable among female Catholic writers and thinkers, informed by Saint Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and drawing on the unsurpassed tradition of Catholic social thought. In addition to the female experts named above, Professor Karen Chan

Michaelene Fredenburg

Michelin Fredenburg’s talk, ‘Speaking the Language of Grief and Loss’ was influenced by her own abortion experience.

of St. Patrick’s Seminary will speak on ‘Motherhood: Sacrifice or Perfection of Woman?’; OBGYN Dr. Mary Davenport, whose practice is NFP-only, on Preparing for Conception/Motherhood; Catholic author and speaker Rose Sweet on Way of the Bride and Way of the Heart Featuring Four Temperments; author and speaker Michaelene Fredenberg, whose own abortion experience led her to first seek, then offer healing, on Speaking the Language of Grief and Loss; Dr. Amie Holmes, an OBGYN and mother of four, and an expert on Natural Procreative Technology (NaPro Technology) and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) on PCOS and NaProTechnology: Innovative Approaches to Evaluation and Management; and Astrid Bennett Gutierrez, MEV, Executive Director of Los Angeles Pregnancy Services, will speak in Spanish on NFP Instructors and Pro-Life Assistance Centers: the ‘Importance of Working Together’.

 

Dr. George Delgado, the physician who is pioneering the use of the abortion reversal pill, will be one of the speakers.

Dr. George Delgado, the physician who is pioneering the use of the abortion reversal pill, will be one of the speakers.

Male speakers are not absent at the conference. In addition to the Archbishop, Professor Kaczor, and Dr. Delgado, radio host and pastor of Annunciation of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Parish in Homer Glen, IL, Fr. Thomas J Loya, will speak on the scourge of pornography: ‘Fighting Fire with Fire—moving beyond pornography and toward a true purity of heart’ and ‘The Mystical Meaning of Manhood; Padre Marcos González will speak in Spanish on The Good News of NFP for the Hispanic Community’; and Ed Hopfner, the director of Marriage and Family Life for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and a widely recognized expert on The Theology of the Body will explore that subject.

Mr. Hopfner, who served as the Archdiocese’s point man on the conference, said: “Today there is great public confusion – over the meaning of our human sexuality, the definition of marriage, and even our very nature as being created man or woman. This conference is very timely, in that it directly addresses that confusion.

We are all called to share the ‘joy of the Gospel’ in our own circumstances. I have great hope that this conference will help attendees better understand and be able to articulate the truths our Church teaches around these issues, to share them with those they encounter in their personal and even professional lives.”

To learn more, or to purchase tickets, visit www.canfp.org or call 1877-33-CANFP.

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  1. St. Christopher says:

    This is nice, but with the Archbishop on his back to the homosexual sexualists lobby, what is the point. Another pointless meeting, while the things that matter are ignored. Happy looking people, though, but they are already believers.

    Christ did not say to preach to the believers, but throughout the world, to those that do not believe, and who may attack you. This is what should be done.

    • Most Catholics need to be educated on the difference between Contraception and Natural Family Planning (abstinence).

    • Anonymous says:

      Contraception (as opposed to NFP) is an Intrinsic Evil.
      Do you propose that the Abp stops teaching on all intrinsic evils ?

    • Steve Seitz says:

      I wouldn’t be down on the conference. It strikes me as being geared towards those who are on the front lines. Something akin to a conference for professionals to expand their knowledge base and to facilitate networking.

      • St. Christopher says:

        You are probably correct, “Steve Seitz”. Frustration at the cowardice of the Church leaders, and their strong love of parties, conferences, talking, writing papers — anything but preaching the Gospel to a hostile world — makes one suspicious of these kind of things. Perhaps this one has a better purpose.

  2. CCC: 2370 Periodic continence, that is, the methods of birth regulation based on self-observation and the use of infertile periods, is in conformity with the objective criteria of morality.
    These methods respect the bodies of the spouses, encourage tenderness between them, and favor the education of an authentic freedom.
    In contrast, “every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible” is intrinsically evil:
    Thus the innate language that expresses the total reciprocal self-giving of husband and wife is overlaid, through contraception, by an objectively contradictory…

  3. Despite a grotesque record of failure, mismanagement and self-enrichment, the Church keeps pouring money into NOM. I don’t get it.

  4. “This is nice, but with the Archbishop on his back to the homosexual sexualists lobby, what is the point.”
    That’s the spirit, Chris, always seeing the bright side when the Catholic Church tries to do something decent.
    As for my Archbishop being “on his back” to the homosexuals, that is a vulgar and inaccurate comment on your part, but no surprise, considering the source.

  5. I’m still in a bit of a quandary about NFP vs. contraceptives. I know what the teachings of the Church are, and the estimated percent of Catholics that don’t follow the teachings. Every Catholic I know who uses or used the pill or other contraception did so for two reasons, 1) they didn’t want more kids or wanted to space them better and 2) all of them thought the teachings of the Church were wrong. Every Catholic I know who uses or used NFP (actually a few) did so for one reason: they didn’t want more kids or wanted to space the better. Can someone explain the difference? Is it that the means of not having kids is the important thing? Why is it almost always men who are so strong in their opinions on the issue? If you don’t…

    • Linda Maria says:

      I will continue with my above post. Many churches (including ours) will not marry a couple, that says they refuse God’s will, on children– and wish to be childless! This is un-Christian! The conjugal act is God’s, and it is His way, to send the miracle of children, to a married couple! The couple should be mature, and ready for lifelong serious Marriage Vows, and ready for whatever God may send their way! Marriage Vows are a Sacrament– very serious! The couple should be practicing their Faith devoutly, and should daily pray together! They should be living according to Christ’s teachings– not the secular, Godless, pagan world!

    • Linda Maria says:

      I will add one more thing, to my two above posts, to Bob One. A married couple must not “play God,” and must accept children, at the hand of God according to His holy will. That includes– acceptance of the child’s gender, possible medical problems, possible multiple births at once (twins, triplets, etc.)– and everything else that may occur! “Humanae Vitae ” allows abstinence only, for a Catholic couple, for serious situations, of prevention of pregnancy. But no pagan, Godless “night on the town,” with artificial birth control for the couple, desiring a big, selfish, “free” extravaganza– and no child to love, and be responsible for! Sex devoid of possible parenthood– is a selfish, hedonistic, Mortal Sin!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, it s the means, although not exclusively.
      It is permissible to work with the natural rhythms of the human body to avoid pregnancy when for serous reason a couple wishes to avoid pregnancy.
      Introducing an artificial barrier or self-mutilation or medication to avoid pregnancy is immoral.

    • Bob One–good questions! Briefly:
      Excellent reasons for not using artificial contraception.Health:The pill & IUD-serious/adverse side effects & very well documented & recent studies point to devastating health consequences.These methods have built-in abortifacient mechanisms (IUD mainly functions as an abortifacient) which makes even more ethical problems.Environmental impact from the Pill documented too, causing environmentalists who are Pill fans uneasy for obvious reasons.Sterilization: not 100% effective; not risk-free. (see next post)

      • (Continuing from above post)
        Barrier methods: inconvienent/high pregnancy rates.
        NFP, based on recognition of the body’s natural indicators of fertility; effective for pregnancy postponement; reversible; marriage building; inexpensive. NFP use is harmonious with the teachings of the Church. Yes, there is a real difference between NFP & contraception. So why aren’t couples using NFP? If anyone doesn’t know-attend the Conference. You or someone you love is missing out on the good news.

  6. Linda Maria says:

    Bob One– If you read “Humanae Vitae,” you will have all your questions answered! For centuries, all world religions understood– a baby is a miracle, from the hand of God! You cannot “play God” and “decide how many children you will have” nor the spacing of children, nor anything else! You just must accept from the hand of God– as He wills– NOT what human beings want! Each child made by God, has his/her own unique life, and it has nothing to do with what their parents want! Traditionally, a couple taking Wedding Vows (in many religions, not just ours!) also vows to accept the responsibilities of parenthood, and raising a family, if God sends them children. I will continue…

  7. Linda Maria says:

    My posts to Bob One, are in the wrong order! The first one begins, “… if you read “Humanae Vitae…” and the next post is a continuation. The third post adds one last thing. Too bad Cal Catholic got these posts in the wrong order!!

  8. I think the confrence is extremely hopeful and positive. Let’s see if we can pack the place and let Bishop C. know that he is on the right path. Go God!!

  9. Linda Maria says:

    Artificial birth control will never 100% prevent pregnancy!! The conjugal act is holy, a big responsibility, of the Sacrament of Marriage! God makes babies, in His Divine Love– and gives them to their Mother and Father, in the act of procreation– just in the way He wills! The conjugal act, is NOT an excuse for SELFISH LUST, and misguided “partying and pleasure!” The married couple must be good, practicing Catholics, who daily pray to God, ask His guidance for their lives, and daily seek to be better people, following Christ– it is a pathway to holiness, and a preparation for Heaven!

    • Anonymous says:

      If that is the case, Linda Maria, then artificial birth control does not close the act to the propagation of life, and therefore, is not intrinsically evil. QED

      • Linda Maria says:

        Anonymous– The act of procreation is a cooperation with God, in His beautiful plan, to create human life! Artificial birth control, which seeks to deliberately corrupt the conjugal act, of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony– and destroy God’s plans– is a Mortal Sin!!

      • The idea that using contraception as being morally equivalent to using NFP in order to delay pregnancy is flawed logic and leads to wrong conclusions: Intentions alone do not legitimize actions.
        If, as Anonymous claims, there is no difference between using contraception and using NFP, why then, aren’t all these couples choosing NFP if they have serious reason to avoid pregnancy?
        (cont below)

  10. (cont from above)
    NFP as a method is harmonious with God’s design for marriage & child bearing; respects the integrity of the body–male and female, including the gift of fertility; is effective & science-backed; reversible; inexpensive; has no adverse health effects; marriage-building and is faithful to the Magisterial teachings of the Church. Its use in marriage for serious reasons to avoid pregnancy, then, is in concert with the teachings of the Church: No moral transgression is effected with use of the method unlike contraception which with the Pill and IUD have the further moral problem of being abortifacient (the is the IUD ‘s main action).

    (cont below)

  11. (last post)
    Obviously, in their reasoning and actions, couple choosing contraception over NFP must believe there is a ‘Difference.’ Couples choosing contraception lose out on all the health/marriage-building benefits of NFP as well as true peace of conscience that comes with being faithful to the Magisterial Teachings of the their Church. Choosing contraception over NFP therefore is a lose/lose scenario for these couples. .
    So there is a difference, the difference is huge–the difference–makes all the difference between the two.
    But ‘good news’: It’s never too late. Learn about NFP. Live the ‘difference’ — it rocks.

  12. (last post)
    Obviously, in their reasoning and actions, couple choosing contraception over NFP must believe there is a ‘Difference.’ Couples choosing contraception lose out on all the health/marriage-building benefits of NFP as well as true peace of conscience that comes with being faithful to the Magisterial Teachings of the their Church. Choosing contraception over NFP therefore is a lose/lose scenario for these couples. .
    So there is a difference; the difference is huge;the ‘difference’ makes all the difference between the two.
    But good news: It’s never too late. Learn about NFP and Live the ‘difference’ — it rocks.

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