Archive for the ‘WBW 2020’ Category

1. Natural Family Planning: Promotion of Ecological Breastfeeding

Saturday, August 1st, 2020

In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week I am using the list of Catholic Nursing Mothers League in their promotion of ecological breastfeeding.  The Catholic Nursing Mothers League (CNML) is a non-profit organization devoted to providing emotional and spiritual support for Catholic nursing mothers, especially those practicing ecological breastfeeding and/or natural family planning.  Sheila Kippley

Information and Support for Practicing Ecological Breastfeeding

Need support for practicing Ecological Breastfeeding?  Well, you have come to the right place!  No need to spend hours scouring the internet for resources.  We’ve done it for you!

Organizations that Promote Ecological Breastfeeding
Catholic Nursing Mothers League
NFP International

In Person Support
Catholic Nursing Mothers League groups

Online Support Group
CNML Ecological Breastfeeding Facebook group

For the complete list go to

1. Natural Family Planning and Sex and the Marriage Covenant

Saturday, July 18th, 2020

This is the first of a series of blogs for NFP Awareness Week, July 19-25.  The contents of the blogs are short sections from Sex and the Marriage Covenant: A Basis for Morality (SMC).  The book started with a 1967 article I wrote supporting the Received Teaching in Casti Connubii (Dec. 31, 1930), an article which forms Chapter 1 of SMC.  That article, Holy Communion: Eucharistic and Marital is also at the website.

In writing SMC, I reflected on the two realities that (1) marriage is the result of unreserved giving—for better and for worse—and (2) contraceptive intercourse is sex with very serious reservation—for better but positively excluding the imagined worse of possible pregnancy.  Marriage comes into being by a couple unreservedly entering God’s covenant of marriage; contraceptive intercourse contradicts the very essence of the marriage covenant.  From these considerations I developed the covenant theology of sexuality described in this book.

I was also appalled by the “arguments” people were using to “justify” using unnatural methods of birth control.  Otherwise sane people were saying things such as, “It must be okay to use the Pill because God gave us the brains to make it.”  Christians who, if asked, would remember the words of Christ about the necessity of carrying the cross daily were arguing that because periodic abstinence was a daily cross for some, it therefore couldn’t be the will of Christ! Such nonsense and other more serious questions called for a response, and Part IV of the present book deals with such issues.

John F. Kippley
Sex and the Marriage Covenant