Affirmation of the Catholic Church’s Teaching on the Gift of Sexuality
We, the undersigned scholars, affirm that the Catholic Church’s teachings on the gift of sexuality, on marriage, and on contraception are true and defensible on many grounds, among them the truths of reason and revelation concerning the dignity of the human person.
Scholarly support for the Church’s teachings on the gift of sexuality, on marriage, and on contraception has burgeoned in recent decades. Moreover, institutes and programs supporting that teaching have been established all over the world. Even some secular feminists and secular programs have begun to acknowledge the harms of contraception.
These facts, however, seem to have escaped the notice of the authors of “On the Ethics of Using Contraceptives” (hereafter, the Wijngaards Statement) which urges the Catholic Church to change its teaching and issue an “official magisterial document [that] should revoke the absolute ban on the use of ‘artificial’ contraceptives, and allow the use of modern non-abortifacient contraceptives for both prophylactic and family planning purposes.” The Wijngaards Statement, unfortunately, offers nothing new to discussions about the morality of contraception and, in fact, repeats the arguments that the Church has rejected and that numerous scholars have engaged and refuted since 1968.
The Wijngaards Statement seriously misrepresents the authentic position of the Catholic Church. Among the most erroneous claims made by the Wijngaards Statement is that neither Scripture nor natural law offers any support for the Church’s teaching that contraception is never compatible with God’s plan for sexuality and marriage. During the past half century, there has been an enormous amount of creative scholarly thinking around the Church’s teaching on contraception, thinking that includes profound reflections on the Theology of the Body, personalism, and natural law. In addition, there has been extensive research on and analysis of the negative impact of contraception on individuals, relationships, and culture.
The Wijngaards Statement, rather than engaging recent scholarship in support of the Church’s teaching, misdirects the conversation from the start by claiming that the argument against contraception in Humanae Vitae is based primarily on “biological laws.” Humanae Vitae instead focuses, as it should, on the person’s relationship to God and to other persons.
The points below briefly outline the true basis of the Church’s teaching that contraception is not in accord with God’s plan for sexuality and marriage. It also responds to some of the erroneous claims found in the Wijngaards Statement.

  • God is Love

The God who made this beautiful and ordered world is a loving and good God. All of His creation is a loving gift to humankind. Even after the Fall, God continued to reach out to His people, gradually revealing Himself and the depths of his love and mercy. God the Father’s gift of His Son Jesus, whose life was poured out on the Cross, was the ultimate and complete self-gift. This great and radical love is borne out in Scripture where the biblical authors in the Old Testament often speak of God in the image of husband and His people as His wife, and in the New Testament where Christ is described as the bridegroom and the Church as His bride. Throughout the history of the Church, many have seen this spousal imagery as a key to understanding God’s relationship to every human soul.

  • Made in God’s Image

Because God is Love – a communion of Divine Persons– He made men and women in His image: able to reason and to choose freely, with the capacity to love and to be in loving relationships.

  • Gift of Self

God invites all people to share in His love. Every person, therefore, is beloved by God and made to be in loving relationships; every person is created to make a gift of self to God and to others. The gift of self means living in a way that promotes the good of everyone, especially those with whom one is in close relationship.

  • Marriage: A Unique Communion of Persons

Marriage was designed by God to enable a man and a woman to live out humanity’s core identity as lovers and givers of life, to enable the two to become “one flesh” (Gen. 2:24) and for that one flesh to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth” (Gen. 1:28). Human sexual relations fulfill God’s intent only when they respect the procreative meaning of the sexual act and involve a complete gift of self between married partners.

  • God’s Law, Not Man’s

“The doctrine that the Magisterium of the Church has often explained is this: there is an unbreakable connection between the unitive meaning and the procreative meaning [of the marital act], and both are inherent in the marital act. This connection was established by God and human beings are not permitted to break it through their own volition.” (HV12) The teaching that contraception is always against God’s plan for sexuality, marriage and happiness is not based on human law: “The teaching of the Church about the proper spacing of children is a promulgation of the divine law itself.” (HV 20)

  • Faith and Reason

God has revealed the truths about sexuality to human beings through the biblical vision of the human person and has also made it accessible to our reason. Several well-argued versions of “natural law” defenses support the Church’s teaching that contraception is not in accord with God’s plan for sexuality and marriage. Each begins with different basic truths and thus each constructs its arguments differently.

  • The Theology of the Body: Saint John Paul II’s Contribution

Saint John Paul II’s Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body (virtually ignored by the Wijngaards Statement) provides a powerful defense of the view that contraception is not in accord with the understanding of the human person as conveyed by Scripture and sacred Catholic Tradition. He speaks of the “language of the body” and has shown that to violate the procreative meaning of the marital act is also to violate the unitive (the “commitment-expressing”) meaning of the marital act. There he demonstrates that our very bodies have a language and a “spousal meaning” — that they express the truth that we are to be in loving and fruitful relationships with others.

  • Humanae Vitae as Prophetic

Humanae Vitae speaks against the distorted view of human sexuality and intimate relationships that many in the modern world promote. Humanae Vitae was prophetic when it listed some of the harms that would result from the widespread use of contraception. Abundant studies show that contraception, such as hormonal contraceptives and intrauterine devices, can cause serious health problems for women. The widespread use of contraception appears to have contributed greatly to the increase of sex outside of marriage, to an increase of unwed pregnancies, abortion, single parenthood, cohabitation, divorce, poverty, the exploitation of women, to declining marriage rates as well as to declining population growth in many parts of the world. There is even growing evidence that chemical contraceptives harm the environment.

  • A Practical Help to Husbands and Wives—FABMs

In order to live God’s design for married love, husband and wife need moral family planning methods. Fertility Awareness Based Methods of Family Planning (or FABMs, i.e., the many forms of Natural Family Planning) respect the God-given spousal union and the potential to procreate. FABMs are fully consistent with the Church’s teaching on marital chastity. Couples using these methods make no attempt to thwart the power of acts that could result in the procreation of new human persons. They respect God’s design for sexuality; they help individuals grow in self-mastery; they have the potential to strengthen marriages and respect the physical and psychological health of women. Moreover, science demonstrates that they are highly effective both in helping couples limit their family size when necessary and conceive when appropriate.

  • Respect for Cultural Values, Freedom

International organizations and governments should respect the values and beliefs of families and cultures that see children as a gift, and, therefore, should not impose—on individuals, families, or cultures—practices antithetical to their values and beliefs about children and family planning. Governments and international organizations should make instruction in Fertility Awareness Based Methods (FABMs) of family planning a priority. FABMs are based on solid scientific understanding of a woman’s fertility cycle, are easily learned by women in developing countries, are virtually without cost, and promote respect for women.

  • Christ Provides Grace

Because of Original Sin, men and women became subject to temptations that sometimes seem insuperable. Christ came not just to restore our original goodness but to enable us to achieve holiness. The Catholic Church invites married couples to participate in the life of Christ, to participate in the sacraments, especially in Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist. The Church asks the faithful to deepen their relationship with the Lord God the Father, to be open to receive the direction of the Holy Spirit, and to ask Christ to provide the graces needed to live in accord with God’s will for their married lives, even the difficult moral truths.
We, the undersigned Catholic scholars, hold that the Church’s teaching on contraception is true and defensible on the basis of Scripture and reason. We hold that Catholic teaching respects the true dignity of the human person and is conducive to happiness.
NOTE: Institutional affiliations are listed only for purposes of identification and are not to be understood as indicating support from or endorsement by the institutions named.
Sr. Prudence Allen, RSM, PhD
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Concordia University Montreal; Charles J Chaput Chair of Philosophy, St. John Vianney Seminary (CO)
Helen M. Alvaré, JD
Professor of Law, Scalia Law School at George Mason University; Editor: Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves
Rev. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, OP, PhD, STD
Professor of Biology and of Theology
Providence College; Author, Biomedicine and Beatitude: An Introduction to Catholic Bioethics

  1. Budziszewski, PhD

Professor of Government and Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin; Author, Commentary on Thomas Aquinas’s Treatise on Law
Very Rev. Donald H. Calloway, MIC, STL
Vicar Provincial – Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception
Best selling author and international speaker
Eduardo J. Echeverria, PhD, STL
Professor of Philosophy and Theology
Sacred Heart Major Seminary;
Author, “In the Beginning…” A Theology of the Body
Maria Fedoryka, PhD
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Ave Maria University
Richard J. Fehring, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor Emeritus and Director, Marquette University’s Institute for Natural Family Planning
Angela Franks, PhD
Professor, the Theological Institute for the New Evangelization, St. John’s Seminary (MA); Author, Contraception and Catholicism: What the Church Teaches and Why
John H. Garvey, JD
President, The Catholic University of America
Fr. Wojciech Giertych OP
Theologian of the Papal Household
Vatican City
John S. Grabowski, PhD
Associate Professor and Director of Moral Theology/Ethics, School of Theology & Religious Studies,
The Catholic University of America
Board Member, The Academy of Catholic Theology; Author, Sex and Virtue: An Introduction to Sexual Ethics
Prof. John M. Haas
PhD, STL, MDiv, KM, President, The National Catholic Bioethics Center; Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care for Health Care Workers, Vatican;
Member, Pontifical Academy for Life, Vatican; Member of the Directive Council for the Pontifical Academy for Life, Vatican
Mary Rice Hasson, JD
Director, Catholic Women’s Forum, Ethics and Public Policy Center;
Editor, Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and the Church
Mary Healy, STD
Professor of Scripture, Sacred Heart Major Seminary; Member, Pontifical Biblical Commission; Author, Men and Women Are from Eden
Stephen M. Krason, JD, PhD
Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies, Franciscan University of Steubenville; President, Society of Catholic Social Scientists; Co-Editor, Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy
Angela Lanfranchi MD FACS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Rutgers UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
New Jersey State Director Catholic Medical Association
President Breast Cancer Prevention Institute
Mary Hayden Lemmons, PhD
Association Professor of Philosophy, President of the University Faculty for Life, University of St. Thomas, MN
Founding President, Society for Thomistic Personalism; Editor, Women as Prophet in the Home and the World: Interdisciplinary Investigations
Steven A. Long, PhD
Professor of Theology, Ave Maria University; Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome; Author, The Teleological Grammar of the Moral Act
Monica Migliorino Miller, PhD
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Madonna University (MI);
Author, The Authority of Women in the Catholic Church
Jennifer Roback Morse, PhD
President, The Ruth Institute;
Author, Smart Sex: Finding Life-Long Love in a Hook-Up World
Michael Novak
Distinguished Visiting Professor, The Catholic University of America;
Author, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism
Rev. Thomas Petri, OP, STD
Vice President and Academic Dean
Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception
at the Dominican House of Studies
Alexander Pruss, PhD
Professor of Philosophy, Baylor University; Author, One Body: An Essay in Christian Sexual Ethics
Christopher C. Roberts, PhD
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Author, Creation and Covenant: the significance of sexual difference in the moral theology of marriage
Tracey Rowland, PhD, STD
Dean, John Paul II Institute for Marriage & Family, Melbourne, Australia; Author, Catholic Theology
Michele M. Schumacher, STD, PD
University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Author, Women in Christ: Towards a New Feminism
Susan Selner-Wright, PhD
Associate Professor, Philosophy Department, St. John Vianney Theological Seminary (CO)
Mary Shivanandan, M.A. (Cantab), STL, STD
Former Professor of Theology,
John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage & Family at the Catholic University of America; Author, Crossing the Threshold of Love: A New Vision of Marriage in the Light of John Paul II’s Anthropology
Janet E. Smith, PhD
Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics, Sacred Heart Major Seminary; Author, Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later
Pia de Solenni, SThD
Associate Dean & Professor of Moral Theology
Augustine Institute – Orange County
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Richard A. Spinello, PhD
Associate Professor, Boston College
Adjunct Faculty Member, St. John’s Seminary, Boston; Author,Understanding Love and Responsibility: A Companion to Karol Wojtyla’s Classic Work
Mary Elizabeth Stewart, MS, MFS, MPh, PhD
Vice President General, World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations; President Elect, National Council of Catholic Women
Rev Professor Dr. D. Vincent Twomey, SVD
Professor Emeritus of Moral Theology, Pontifical University, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland; Author, Moral Theology after Humanae Vitae
Michael Waldstein, PhD, ThD
Max Seckler Professor of Theology
Ave Maria University, Florida
Translator, John Paul II, Theology of the Body
Helen Watt, PhD
Senior Research Fellow, Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford
Author: The Ethics of Pregnancy, Abortion and Childbirth: Exploring Moral Choices in Childbearing
George Weigel
Distinguished Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, D.C.; Author of two-volume biography of Pope St. John Paul II, Witness to Hope and The End and the Beginning
Christopher West
Founder and President, The Cor Project; Senior Lecturer of Theology & Christian Anthropology, Theology of the Body Institute; Author: Good News about Sex and Marriage: Answers to Your Honest Questions about Catholic Teaching
Susan Windley-Daoust, PhD
Chair, Theology Department, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota;
Author, Theology of the Body, Extended: The Spiritual Signs of Birth, Impairment and Dying
Additional Signers 
Lealani Mae Acosta, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Vanderbilt University
Secretary, Nashville Guild of the Catholic Medical Association
Segunda Yanez Acosta, PhD
President, S.T.R.E.S.S. Centre Inc.
Edmund P Adamus
Director for Marriage and Family Life Archdiocese of Westminster
Affiliate of Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, UK
Jane Adolphe, B.A., LLB, BCL, JCL, JCD, Associate Professor, Ave Maria School of Law
Maria Sophia Aguirre, PhD
Ordinary Professor of Economics
Busch School of Business and Economics, The Catholic University of America
Donatus Akpan
General Secretary of CICIAMS (The International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medico-Social Assistants)
Vatican City
Enrique Alarcón, PhD
Professor of the School of Humanities of the University of Navarra (Spain)
President of Fundación Tomás de Aquino; Corresponding Member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas
Irene Alexander, PhD
Assistant Professor of Moral Theology
The University of Dallas
Dr. Christiaan Alting von Geusau, JD LLM, President and Rector,
International Theological Institute
Anthony Andres, PhD
Tutor, Thomas Aquinas College,
Santa Paula, CA
David A. Andrews, PhD
Assistant Professor of Statistics
University of Dallas
Dominic A. Aquila, DLitt et Phil
Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs, University of St. Thomas
Andrés Salazar Arango
Professor, Instituto de La Familia
Universidad de La Sabana
Glenn C. Arbery, PhD
President, Wyoming Catholic College
Fr. Scot Anthony Armstrong, PhD
Brisbane Oratory in formation
Sessional lecturer at John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family Melbourne, Australia
Jamie F. Arthur, PhD
The Cardinal Newman Society
Monica Ashour, MTS, MHum
President, Theology of the Body Evangelization Team, Inc. (TOBET)
Author, ToB for Tots and ToB for Kids
William J. Atto, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of History
University of Dallas
Regina C. Aune, PhD, RN
(Retired) US Air Force, Nurse Corps, former Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Texas A&M International University, Laredo (TX)
Gil Bailie, JD
President of the Cornerstone Forum,
College of Fellows of the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology
Michael Patrick Barber
Professor of Theology and Scripture:
John Paul the Great Catholic University
Ryan Barilleaux, PhD
Miami University, Ohio
Mary Lee Barron PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP
Associate Professor of Nursing
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Director, Marquette Fertility Education LLC
Stephen P. Barrows, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Provost, and Dean of Faculty, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Robert J. Barry, PhD
Theology Department, Providence College
Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Batule, STL
Professor, Saint Joseph Seminary (NY)
Thomas F. Bayer, PhD
Fellowship of Catholic Scholars
Gregory R. Beabout, PhD
Professor, Department of Philosophy
Saint Louis University
Dr Andrew Beards,
Academic Director,
School of the Annunciation,
Buckfast Abbey,
Devon, UK
Kyle A. Beiter, MD
Gynecology and Infertility
The National Gianna Center for Women’s Health and Fertility
New Brunswick, NJ
David Beresford, PhD, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy, Pembroke Diocese, Ontario, Canada
Dr. Marisa Perez Bernardo
Associate Professor, Modern Languages, Spanish
University of Dallas
Rev. Thomas V. Berg, MA, PhD
Professor of Moral Theology
St. Joseph’s Seminary
Richard Berquist, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
American Catholic Philosophical Association
Rev. Dennis J. Billy, CSsR. STD, ThD, DMin, Karl Rahner Professor of Catholic Theology, Graduate Theological Foundation
Professor Debra Black
Honorary lecturer, University of Liverpool Management School
Associate Professor, University of Maryland University College
Christopher O. Blum, PhD
Academic Dean, Augustine Institute
Author: In the Beginning…A Theology of the Body
Edward Lynn Bode, MA, STL, STD,
(Retired) St. John’s University (NY); Missouri School of Religion, Columbia; Stephens College, Columbia; Westminster, Fulton and Jefferson City, Missouri campuses, Northwest Missouri University

  1. D. Boley, LPC, PhD

Assistant Professor of Counselor Education, Edinboro University
Laurence Boggeln, MD
Ethics Committee Chair and
Palliative Care Service Director
Private Hospital
Thérèse Bonin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Duquesne University
Dennis Bonnette, PhD
Professor, Aquinas School of Philosophy; former Philosophy Department Chair, Niagara University (retired)
Professor Philip Booth, PhD FIA FSS
Professor of Finance, Public Policy and Ethics, St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, UK
Thomas Bouchard MD
Family Medicine Physician
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Past president, Canadian Federation Catholic Physicians’ Societies
David S. Bovee, PhD
Associate Professor of History
Fort Hays State University
Professor John F. Boyle, PhD
University of St. Thomas (MN)
Rt. Rev. John Braganza, OSB, STL
Professor of Dogmatic Theology
Seminary of Christ the King
Mission, BC, Canada
John M. Breen, JD
Professor of Law
Loyola University Chicago
School of Law
John F. Brehany, PhD, STL
Director of Institutional Relations
The National Catholic Bioethics Center
Janice Chik Breidenbach, PhD
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
Ave Maria University
Rev. Prof. Stephen L. Brock
Priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei
Professor of Medieval Philosophy, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross
Ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas
Benjamin J. Brown
Chair and Associate Professor, Theological Studies, Lourdes University
Grattan Brown, STD
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Theology
Belmont Abbey College
Marcel Antonio Brown, PhD
Director of Core Academic Programs, Assistant Professor of Humanities
St. Gregory’s University (OK)
Professor Dr. Peter von Buelow
University of Michigan
Dr. Gary Bullert
Associate Professor of Political Science, Columbia Basin College
Dr. Stephen Bullivant
Senior Lecturer in Theology and Ethics; Director of the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, UK
Consulting Editor, The Catholic Herald
Author: The Trinity: How Not to be a Heretic
Richard H. Bulzacchelli, MA, MA, STL, STD, Associate Professor of Theology
Aquinas College (TN)
Douglas G. Bushman, STL
Pope St. John Paul II Chair of Theology for the New Evangelization
Director, Center for Theological Renewal | Augustine Institute
Jill Burkemper, PhD
Assistant Professor
Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics
Saint Louis University
Leonora Butau, MA Bioethics and Medical Law, Lecturer, Christian Ethics and Researcher in Bioethics, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London
Sr./Dr. Deirdre M. Byrne, POSC
Paul A. Byrne, MD
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
University of Toledo, College of Medicine; President, Life Guardian Foundation; Past President, Catholic Medical Association (USA)
Perry J. Cahall, PhD
Academic Dean, School of Theology
Professor of Historical Theology
Pontifical College Josephinum
Dr. Isobel Camp, PhD
Philosophy faculty, Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas, Rome (Angelicum)
Dr Raymond Campbell
Director, Queensland Bioethics Centre, Brisbane, Australia
Pádraig Cantillon-Murphy
Lecturer, University College Cork
Visiting Professor, Université de Strasbourg
Rev. Francis J. Caponi, OSA
Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Villanova University
Dr. Brian T. Carl
Instructor of Philosophy, Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception
Fr. Scott Carl, SSL, Vice-Rector of Administration and Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture
The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas (MN)
Carlos A. Casanova, PhD
Full Professor Universidad Santo Tomás, Chile; Associate Professor Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Keith M Cassidy, PhD
Dr. Chris Cellucci, PhD
Associate Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences
Rev. Dr. Dominic Cerrato, PhD
Executive Director of Diaconal Ministries; Director of Spiritual Direction, Pastoral Solutions Institute
Dr. Cecil Chabot, Lecturer in History and Indigenous Studies, Crandall University
Ronda Chervin, PhD, Professor of Philosophy, Holy Apostles College and Seminary (CT)
Grazie Pozo Christie, MD
Senior Policy Advisor
The Catholic Association
David Clemenson
Associate Professor of Philosophy
University of Saint Thomas (MN)
Editor, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly
Rev. Dr. Alfred Cioffi, SThD, PhD (genetics)
Assistant Professor of Biology and Bioethics, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Endowed Chair in Bioethics
St. Thomas University, Miami, FL
Meghan Cokeley, PhD (Cand)
Director, Office for the New Evangelization
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Fr. Basil Cole, OP, STD
Professor of the Pontifical Faculty at the Dominican House of Studies
Anthony P. Coleman, PhD
Assistant Professor of Theology
St. Gregory’s University, OK
Teresa S. Collett, JD
Professor of Law, Past President of University Faculty for Life, University of St. Thomas School of Law
Dr. Sean Collins
Tutor, Thomas Aquinas College
Peter J. Colosi, PhD
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Salve Regina University (RI)
Dr. R. Glen Coughlin, PhD
Professor, Thomas Aquinas College
President of The Society for Aristotelian-Thomistic Studies
Dr. Derry Connolly
President and Professor of Business at John Paul the Great Catholic University
Rev. Elias Correa-Torres, OSB., PhD
Adjunct Professor, Belmont Abbey College
John F. Coverdale, PhD, JD
Seton Hall University School of Law
Fr Thomas Crean, OP, STD
Michelle A. Cretella, MD
President, American College of Pediatricians
Dr. Francesca Pennisi Cuddeback, PhD
Dr. Matthew Cuddeback, PhD
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Providence College
Damon Cudihy, MD
Acadiana Ob/Gyn
Lafayette, LA
Reverend Andrew McLean Cummings
Archdiocese of Baltimore
Fellowship of Catholic Scholars
Marcellino D’Ambrosio, PhD
Theology Instructor, Catholic Distance University
Director, Crossroads Initiative, Dallas TX
Rev. Thomas F. Dailey, OSFS, STD
Fr. Louis Brisson Chair in Salesian Spirituality & Professor of Theology,
Director, Salesian Center for Faith & Culture, DeSales University
Christine Falk Dalessio, MA,
Doctoral candidate, Theology
University of Dayton
Karen Dalton MD, CFCMC
Prof Teresa M Danze, PhD
Assistant Professor, Classics
University of Dallas
Michael A. Dauphinais, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair of Theology, Ave Maria University
Kathryn E. Davis, PhD
Assistant Professor of English
University of Dallas
Rev. Deacon Thomas J. Davis, Jr, JD, LLM, MA
Director, Saint John Paul II Bioethics Center at Holy Apostles College & Seminary, Cromwell, CT
Catherine Deavel
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of St. Thomas
David P. Deavel
Editor, Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture; Visiting Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas.
Sister Moira Debono, RSM, STD
Lecturer in Theology, School of Philosophy and Theology
The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus
Reverend John C. DeCelles, MA (moral theology), MDiv, STL in Marriage and Family
Theresa A Deisher, PhD
CEO, AVM Biotechnology
John M. DeJak, JD
Researcher and Writer
Ann Arbor, MI
David H. Delaney, PhD
Director and Senior Fellow, Mother of the Americas Institute; Professor of Systematic Theology, Mexican American Catholic College,
San Antonio, Texas
George Delgado, MD, FAAFP
Voluntary Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine
School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego
Julian L Delgado, MD
Family Physician
North Valley Family Physicians Medical Group
Dr. Robert J. Devine, KGCHS, KM
David F. Dieteman, Esq, MA
Lecturer in Management
Sam and Irene Black School of Business, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College; Director and Senior Fellow, Mother of the Americas Institute; Professor of Systematic Theology, Mexican American Catholic College, San Antonio, Texas
Dr. Chiara DiFrancesco, PhD
Licensed Psychologist, Virginia and Wisconsin, Jesus-Centered Institute
Dr. Patrick Doering
Theology Department, Duquesne University
Fr. Lawrence J. Donohoo
Associate Professor of Theology
Mount St. Mary’s Seminary
Denise Donohue, EdD
Deputy Director of K-12 Programs
Cardinal Newman Society
Sr. Mary Diana Dreger, OP, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University
Advisor Member, Catholic Medical Association Board of Directors
Fellow of the American College of Physicians
Marguerite Duane, MD
Adjunct Associate Professor
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Matthew DuBroy, STL
Dominican House of Studies
Brian Duncan, JD
Jacinta Eickholt, MD
Family Physician and Geriatrician at Klass Family Medicine, Glandorf, OH St. Rita’s Hospital, Lima, OH
Sister Mary Julian Ekman, PhD Australian Religious Sister of Mercy of Alma, Michigan
Assistant Professor Chad Engelland
Department of Philosophy, University of Dallas
Anthony M. Esolen
Professor of English
Providence College
Fr. Vincent T. Euk, MDiv, MA
Pastor, Church of St. Veronica, Howell, NJ
Dr. Lois Eveleth
Professor of Philosophy,
Salve Regina University, Newport, RI
Adler-Aquinas Institute
William Edmund Fahey, PhD
President, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts
Daniel L. Faoro, March, Associate Professor, Lawrence Technological University, College of Architecture and Design, Southfield, MI ; Board Member, Journey to Housing Program (SVdP) , Westland, MI; Association of Lay Members, Miles Christi Order, South Lyon, MI
Theresa Farnan, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Franciscan University of Steubenville
Robert L. Fastiggi, PhD
Professor of Systematic Theology
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Lawrence Feingold, STD
Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Kenrick-Glennon Catholic Seminary, St. Louis, MO
Rev. Dermot Fenlon, PhD (Cantab) FRHistS, Member of the Accademia di S.Carlo, Milan
Margarita Fenn, PhD
Faculty, Northeast Catholic College
Ashley K. Fernandes, MD, PhD, FAAP Associate Professor, The Ohio State University, Catholic Medical Association
Jesús Fernández-Villaverde
Professor of Economics, University of Pennsylvania; Vice-president of CREDO
Dr. Edward Feser
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Pasadena City College
Kevin L. Flannery, SJ
Ordinary Professor of the History of Ancient Philosophy at the Gregorian University (Rome)
Mary Hallan FioRito, JD
Cardinal Francis George Visiting Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Bruce Fingerhut
Publisher, St. Augustine’s Press / St. Austin Review
Dr. Joseph A Fisher, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Drake University (IA)
Dr. Kay E. Fisher, EdD
Professor Emeritus, Simpson College
Indianola, Iowa
The Rev. Dr. John Irving Fleming PhD Griffith University, Queensland, Australia; Sessional Lecturer, John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) Pontifical Academy for Life (1996-2016); Author: Dignitas Personae Explained: The Catholic Church’s Teaching on Reproductive and Related Technologies; Editor, Manual of Catholic Medical Ethics
Fr. John P. Floeder
Dean of Men, Professor of Moral Theology, St. Paul Seminary (MN)
Michael P. Foley
Assistant Professor of Patristics
Great Texts Program, Baylor University
Dr. David Foote, Associate Professor of Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
Mary Nell Ford, M.D.
Dr. Esther Francisco, PhD
Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic
Alfred J. Freddoso
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
Oesterle Professor Emeritus of Thomistic Studies, University of Notre Dame
Janie Marie Harden Fritz, PhD
Professor of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, Duquesne University
Bruce P. Frohnen
Ella and Ernest Fisher Professor of Law, Ohio Northern University
College of Law
John Froula Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Dogmatic Theology
Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity
Dr. Jason Fugikawa, PhD
Assistant Professor of Theology, St. Gregory’s University, Shawnee, OK
Rev. Prof. Robert A. Gahl, Jr
School of Philosophy, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Roma
Daniel M. Garland Jr, PhD (cand)
Associate Director, Institute of Catholic Culture
John Gavin, SJ, STD
Associate Professor and Director of Catholic Studies Program, Department of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross (MA)
Marie I. George, PhD
Professor of Philosophy
St. John’s University, NY
Matthew T. Gerlach, PhD,
Dean of the Institute for Lay Ministry, Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Dr. Eleanor Gibson, FMA
Director of the Institute of Youth Studies, Tangaza University College, Nairobi
Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, OP
Dominican House of Studies, Washington, DC
Academy of Catholic Theology
Dr. Joan Morris Gilbert (STD)
Adjunct Professor of Theology
Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Cromwell, Connecticut
Michael Gilmore, MD
Saint Louis, MO
Jane Gilroy, PhD
Professor Emerita, Molloy College
Prof. Robert M. Gimello
Research Professor of Theology and of East Asian Languages & Cultures
The University of Notre Dame
Mark Giszczak, PhD
Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture, Augustine Institute
Diana von Glahn, JD
Producer, The Faithful Traveler
Cesáreo Fernández Gómez, PhD
Director, Desarrollo Communitario Cidecot, SL
Paul Gondreau, STD, STL
Professor of Theology, Providence College; Associate Editor, Nova et Vetera, English edition
Nora L. Gonzalez, MD, Catholic Medical Association.
Carmine Gorga, PhD
President, The Somist Institute
Robert F. Gorman
University Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Texas State University
Diane T. Gowski, MD
Bay Pines, FL
State director (Florida), National CMA
Sr. Madeleine Grace, CVI
Associate Professor, Theology, University of St. Thomas (TX)
Dr. Donald Graham
Assistant Professor, Systematic and Pastoral Theology
St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto
Dr. Donald Graham
Assistant Professor, Systematic and Pastoral Theology, St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto, Canada; Adjunct Professor, Systematic Theology, Sacred Heart College, Peterborough, Canada; Academic Advisor, Catholic Studies, Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, England

  1. Matthews Grant, Professor of Philosophy, University of St. Thomas (MN)

Rev. Anthony Griffin, PhD
Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei
Charles A Groves MD
Corporate Medical Director
Charles Groves MD
Dan Guernsey, EdD
Associate Professor, Ave Maria University
Reverend Benedict M. Guevin, OSB PhD, STD, Professor of Theology, Saint Anselm College, Manchester (NH)
Theresa L. Gunn, Ph.D.
Counseling Psychologist
Fr. Matthew Habiger OSB, PhD
Consultant for NFP Outreach
St. Benedict’s Abbey
Joseph M. Haggarty, PhD
Tutor, Thomas Aquinas College
Rev. Donald F. Haggerty, STD
St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, NY
Fellowship of Catholic Scholars
Dr. Scott Hahn
Fr. Michael Scanlan Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization, Franciscan University
of Steubenville; William and Lois McEssy Distinguished Professor of Biblical Theology, Mundelein Seminary; President of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology; Editor-in-Chief, Emmaus Road Publishing
William R. Hamant, PhD, Assistant Professor of Theology, DeSales University, Center Valley (PA)
James G. Hanink, Ph.D.
President, American Maritain Association
Alfred Hanley, PhD, Professor of Humanities and Chair, Retired, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Susan E. Hanssen, PhD
Associate Professor of History
University of Dallas
Thomas P. Harmon, Ph.D.
Professor of Theology and Culture John Paul the Great Catholic University.
Dr. Todd Hartch
Professor of History
Eastern Kentucky University
George A. Harne, PhD
President of Northeast Catholic College
Dr. Malcolm C. Harris, Sr.
Professor of Finance, Friends University
Fr. Brian Harrison, OS, STD, Oblates of Wisdom Study Center, St. Louis, MO
Matthew P. Harrison, MD
Medical Advisor, Priests for Life Medical Director, Belmont Abbey Student Health Center; Instructor, Campbell School of Osteopathic Medicine
Laura A. Haynes, PhD,
California Licensed Psychologist, USA
Haynes Psychological Services, Inc.
Stephen J. Heaney
Associate Professor of Philosophy
University of Saint Thomas (MN)
Msgr Michael Heintz, PhD
Associate Professor, Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary (MD)
Susan Henry MTS
Assistant to the Coordinator of the Billings Ovulation Method Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BOMA-TT)
Timothy P. Herrman, PhD, STL
Professor of Theology; Assoc. Director of the Center for Theological Renewal
Augustine Institute
Dr. Marie T. Hilliard, MS, MA, JCL, PhD, RN, CICIAMS Chair, Ethics Committee
Director of Bioethics and Public Policy
The National Catholic Bioethics Center
Member, Board of Directors, the National Association of Catholic Nurses-USA; Chair, Ethics and Public Policy Committee, the National Catholic Partnership on Disability;
Chair, Ethics Committee, International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medical Social Assistants
Stephen A. Hipp
Associate Professor of Dogmatic Theology, The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, St. Paul (MN)
William Christopher Hoag, DMin
Associate Director of Catechesis, Diocese of Cleveland; Adjunct Instructor in Church History, St. Mary Seminary, Cleveland
Dr. Robert Hochberg
Associate Professor, Mathematics
University of Dallas
Dr. Joshua P. Hochschild
Monsignor Robert R. Kline Professor of Philosophy, Mount St. Mary’s University (MD)
Rev. Andreas Hoeck, SSD (Doctor in Sacred Scripture)
Priest of the Archdiocese of Denver
Associate Professor
Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary, Denver, CO
Robert H Holden
Professor of History
Old Dominion University
Fr. John Horn, SJ, DMin
Professor of Theology and Spiritual Director , St. Vincent De Paul Regional Seminary (FL); Co-founder and associate, Institute for Priestly Formation
Dr Annmarie Hosie, RN, PhD
Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Faculty of Health, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Jeanne M. Hosinski MD
Stamford, CT
Fr. Joseph C. Howard, Jr.
Moral Theologian & Bioethicist
Professor of Bioethics
Dr. Pearl Huang-Ramirez, MD
John Hartman and Associates
Kissimmee, FL
Dr. Craig M. Hudak, MD, FACC, FACP
Attending Physician, Greenville Health System, Greenville, SC
(Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians)
Professor Edward D.A Hulmes KCHS, MA BD DPhil (Oxon), Member of the Centre of Theological Inquiry, Princeton; Fellow of the Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, England; Retired Spalding Professorial Fellow in Comparative Theology, University of Durham, England
Dr. Denise J. Hunnell, MD
Fellow, American Academy Family Physicians; Board Member, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars
Board member, NHGCMP (NH Guild of Catholic Medical Professionals)
Lucy Iacoviello, PhD
Dr. Sean Innerst
Theology Cycle Director
St. John Vianney Theological Seminary
Augustine Institute
Denver, Colorado
George Isajiw, MD, KM
Past President, Catholic Medical Association
Cecilia Jojola MD, MA
Resident Physician, University of California Davis, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Elizabeth Johannes, PhD, LCSW
Professor David Albert Jones
Director, Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford, UK; Research Fellow, Backfriars Hall, Oxford, UK; Research Fellow, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, UK
Joseph P. Kaboski
David F. and Erin M. Seng Foundation Professor of Economics
University of Notre Dame
President, CREDO (Catholic Research Economist Discussion Organization)
Dr Peter Kahn
School of the Annunciation, Buckfast, Devon, UK.
Robert T. Kaiser, PhD
President, StrateSci Inc.
Phillip H. Kaleida, MD
Professor of Pediatrics (Retired)
University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Stephan Kampowski
Professor of Philosophical Anthropology, Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, Rome, Italy
Rev. Paul Jerome Keller, OP, STD
?Associate Professor of Sacramental and Liturgical Theology
Athenaeum of Ohio, Mount St Mary’s of the West Seminary
Board of Directors of the Society for Catholic Liturgy
Rev. Brendan R Kelly, PhD
Chairman of Philosophy Department, St. Gregory the Great Seminary, Seward, Nebraska
Brian T. Kelly, PhD
Dean of Thomas Aquinas College
Elizabeth M. Kelly
Managing Editor, Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture
Siigne J Kelker, PhD
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (Assoc. Prof., Retired)
Robert G Kennedy, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas (MN)
Clare R. Kilbane, PhD
Otterbein University, Westerville (OH)
Dr. John Kincaid
Professor of Theology and Scripture at John Paul the Great Catholic University
John F. Kippley, MA (theo), MAT (applied theo), MA (Industrial Relations); Honorary Dr. of Ethics from Franciscan University of Steubenville; President, Natural Family Planning International, Inc; Author, Sex and the Marriage Covenant: A Basis for Morality
John Klucinec, MEd
Boston College, Lynch School of Education; Tutor, Northeast Catholic College
Dr. Renee Kohler-Ryan
University of Notre Dame, Australia
Daniel Kolb, PhD, MLS
Library Director and Professor of Philosophy, Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology
Father Dennis Kolinski, SJC
M.A., MDiv
Canons Regular of St. John Cantius
Holy Apostles College and Seminary
Dr. Jeff Koloze
Adjunct Faculty, School for Professional Studies
Walsh University
Nicholas Kongoasa, MD, FACOG
Center for Endometriosis Care
Atlanta, GA
Robert C. Koons
Professor of Philosophy
University of Texas at Austin
Meredith Krebel, MD
Board Certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine (TX)
Elmar J. Kremer
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Toronto
Fr. Peter Kucer, MSA STD
Academic Dean
Holy Apostles College and Seminary
Leslie Kuhlman, MA
Executive Director, Ruah Woods
Peter Kwasniewski, PhD, Professor of Theology, Wyoming Catholic College
Rev. Msgr. Todd J. Lajiness, PhD
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Dr. Miriam O. Laker-Oketta, Clinical Research Scholar,
Infectious Diseases Institute,
Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kampala, Uganda
Member of Catholic Physicians, Uganda Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Marriage counselor, Our Lady of Africa Parish, Uganda
Fr. Matthew L. Lamb
Cardinal Maida Chair in Theology
Ave Maria University
Mary Langlois
Founder and Director, The Magdalene Institute
Denis Larrivee, PhD
Visiting Scholar, Neiswanger Bioethics Institute,Loyola University Chicago
Caitlin P. La Ruffa, Executive Director, Love and Fidelity Network
Dr. Kent J. Lasnoski
Assistant Professor of Theology, Wyoming Catholic College
Mark S. Latkovic, STD
Professor of Moral Theology
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, OP, STD
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Theology
University Of Dallas
Fr. Christopher V. Lebsock, STL, MD
Diocese of Helena, Montana
Dr. Patrick Lee
John N. and Jamie D. McAleer Professor of Bioethics
Franciscan University of Steubenvillle
Rev. Benedict Lefebvre, osb, SSL
Professor of Sacred Scripture
Seminary of Christ the King
Mission, BC, Canada
Jeffrey S. Lehman, Ph.D
Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI
Fellow, Institute for Catholic Liberal Education
Father James Lehrberger, OCist
Associate Professor of Philosophy
University of Dallas
Tammy Leonard
Associate Professor, Co-director Community Assistance Research Initiative, Economics Department
University of Dallas
Matthew Levering
James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary

  1. Bradley Lewis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
School of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America
Sheila Liaugminas
Author, Journalist, Radio Show Host
Board of Advisors, Society of Catholic Social Scientists
James Likoudis, MSEd
President Emeritus, Catholics United for the Faith (CUF)
Maryanne M. Linkes, Esquire
Angelus Legal Services, LLC
Adjunct Professor
Timothy G. Lock, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist California and New York

  1. Marie Paul Lockerd, DO

Board Certified in Family Practice
Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center, Jackson, MN
James R. Lothian
Distinguished Professor of Finance
Toppeta Family Chair in Global Financial Markets, Fordham University
Dr. Roger Jay Loucks
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Alfred University
Sr. Yvonne Mary Loucks, Ph.D.
Retired Professor, Education and Speech/Language disorders
Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, MI; Former official in Vatican Secretariat of State for 16 years;
Former Assistant Director of Formation, the Sisters of Life
Mathew Lu, PhD
Associate Professor of Philosophy
University of St. Thomas (MN)
Rachel Lu, PhD
Senior Contributor, The Federalist
Instructor, University of St Thomas (MN)
David W. Lutz, PhD
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Holy Cross College
Notre Dame, Indiana
Christina Lynch, PsyD
Director of Psychological Services, St. John Vianney Theological Seminary &
Advisor to the Board of Catholic Psychotherapy Association
Karen MacDonald, MD, CCFP
Emily Macke, MTS
Theology of the Body Curriculum Specialist
Ruah Woods
Edward M. Macierowski, MSL, PhD,
Professor of Philosophy, Benedictine College
Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP
Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Vice-President of External Affairs and Governmental Compliance
Director of Assessment, Holy Apostles College and Seminary (CT)
Lance A Maki MD
Board Certified Ob Gyn
OBGYN Hospitalist
Clinical Assistant Professor Florida State University
Kristine C Maki, WHNP
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
Catholic Medical Association
Christopher J. Malloy
Associate Professor and former Chair,
Dept. of Theology, University of Dallas
Florence Maloney, EdD, CUNY
Megan Maloney, PhD, LMSW
C-SaM Counseling Services
Clio, MI
Gerald Malsbary, PhD
Professor of Classics
Belmont Abbey College
Belmont, NC; Greek and Latin Editor,
Center for Thomas More Studies, University of Dallas
Nicoleta E Manciu, MD
Philip J. Mango, PhD
Medical Psychotherapist, NY
Michael D. Manhart, PhD (microbiology)
Executive Director (retired) & Senior Scientific Consultant, Couple to Couple League International, Cincinnati OH USA
Roshanak Markley MD
Regional Director, Catholic Medical Association
Gretchen V Marsh, D.O, CFCMC, CFCP
Yuba City, CA
NFP Advisory Board, Diocese of Sacramento
Dennis J. Marshall, PhD
Professor of Theology, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Christopher Martin, MA, DPhil (Oxon)
Center for Thomistic Studies,
University of St Thomas (TX)
Peter Martin, PsyD
Psychologist, Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska; Executive Board Member of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association
Ralph Martin, STD
Director of Graduate Theology Programs in the New Evangelization
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Archdiocese of Detroit
Robert E. Martinez, PhD
Vice President Business Development & Real Estate, Norfolk Southern Corporation; Knight, Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (KHS)
R.J. Matava, PhD
Associate Professor
Dean of the Graduate School
Christendom College, Graduate School of Theology
Rev. Fr. Steven Mattson, PhD
Past Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Lansing
Robert Michael McAvoy
Professor of Politics, Hill College Cleburne, Texas
Thomas W McBride BASc MD FCFP(FPA)
Family Physician
Powell River BC Canada
Rev. Daniel McCaffrey, STD Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
President of Natural Family Planning Outreach, Inc.
Dr Anthony McCarthy PhD
Visiting Lecturer in Moral Philosophy, International Theological Institute, Austria
Monica McDaniel, JD Attorney and Board Member of Neumann Classical School
John M. McDermott, SJ
Professor of Theology
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Dr Mary McCaughey
The Priory Insitute, Dublin (Dominican Centre for Theological Studies)
Dr. Dan McGuire
Professor of Theology
University of Great Falls
Elizabeth-Jane McGuire, PhD
Assistant Professor, Augustine and Culture Seminar Program
Villanova University
Germain McKenzie, PhD
St. Mark’s College at University of British Columbia
Geraldine McSweeney RGN, RNT, Dip HHSA, FFFNMRCSI, MEd
CICIAMS International President
Dublin, Ireland
Joseph Meaney, PhD, director for international outreach, HLI
Marie Meaney, DPhil (Oxford)
Fr. David Vincent Meconi, SJ
Professor of Historical Theology
Saint Louis University
Richard S. Meloche, PhD
Assist. Professor of Theology
Interim VPAA
St. Gregory’s University
Clark A. Merrill
Assistant Professor
Salve Regina University
Stephen L. Mikochik
Professor Emeritus of Constitutional Law, Temple University School of Law
Jennifer E. Miller, STD
Professor of Moral Theology
Notre Dame Seminary, Graduate School of Theology, New Orleans
Kevin E. Miller, PhD
Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville
Dr. Mike Miller, Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy
Mount St. Mary’s University
Emmitsburg, MD
Sister Paula Jean Miller, FSE
Professor of Moral Theology
St. Vincent de Paul Seminary
Boynton Beach FL
Christopher V. Mirus, PhD
Associate Professor of Philosophy
University of Dallas
Jeffrey A. Mirus, Ph.D.
Trinity Communications
Father Peter Mitchell, H.E.D.
Silver Lake College, Manitowoc, WI
Diocese of Green Bay
Marícela P. Moffitt, MD, MPH, FACP
Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix
Past President, Catholic Medical Association
Deacon Patrick Mongan, MD, MAPS
Medical College of Georgia (retired)
Rev. Dr. George T. Montague, SThD
Professor of Biblical Theology
St. Mary’s University
San Antonio, TX 78228
Karin V. Morin, JD
Needham, MA
Kelly A. Morrow, PhD
Psychologist, Pope Paul VI Institute, Omaha, NE
Board of Director, Catholic Psychotherapy Association
William P. Mueller, MD
Dayton, OH
Fr. Bernard Mulcahy, OP, PhD
Saint Mary’s Seminary
Houston, TX
Dr. Jack Mulder, Jr., Philosophy, Hope College, MI
Dr. Edward Mulholland
Asst Professor
World and Classical Languages
Benedictine College
Atchison, KS
Earl Muller, SJ (Systematic Theology)
Scholar in Residence at Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans (beginning
January, 2017); Board Member, Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and
Mary K. Mumbach, PhD
Tutor in Humanities and Literature
Northeast Catholic College
Dr. Jessica M. Murdoch
Associate Professor
Villanova University
David T. Murphy, PhD
Saint Louis University, retired
Mark C. Murphy
McDevitt Chair of Religious Philosophy, Georgetown University
Author, Natural Law and Practical Rationality
The Rev. Gerald E. Murray, JCD
Pastor, Holy Family Church, New York, NY
Richard S. Myers
Professor of Law
Ave Maria School of Law
Executive Secretary, Society of Catholic Social Scientists
Gerard M. Nadal, PhD
Past Academic Dean, Holy Apostles College and Seminary.
President and CEO, Coalition on Abortion Breast Cancer.
Dr. Tobias Nathe, Lighthouse Catholic Publishing
Ilka Y. Nazario, M.D. – Tampa FL
Catholic Medical Association
Sister Mary Angelica Neenan, OP, STD (Moral Theology), Director of Aquinas Abroad; Assistant Professor of Theology, Aquinas College, Nashville, Tennessee
Fr Jay Scott Newman
Fellowship of Catholic Scholars
Canon Law Society of America
Bruce Newman, PhD
Political Science Instructor, Western Oklahoma State College
Reverend D. Bruce Nieli, CSP, MEd (Pastoral Counseling), Iona College
Missionary of Mercy, Knight Commander, Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem
Catherine Nolan, PhD, University of Dallas; Vice President of the Canadian Society of Christian Philosophers
Anne Nolte, MD
National Gianna Center for Women’s Health and Fertility
Paula C. Nunes, Esq., JD, Associate Attorney, Devero Taus, Warren, New Jersey.
Father Peter Nygren OSB, MA
Professor of Philosophy, Major Seminary of Christ the King. High School Rector, Seminary of Christ the King, Mission, BC, Canada
Rebecca Oas, PhD
Associate Director of Research
Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam)
Mary O’Callaghan, PhD
Public Policy Fellow, Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame
Dr. Timothy T. O’Donnell, President Christendom College, STD, KGCHS
James M. O’Kane, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, Drew University
Rev. Daniel P. O’Mullane, STL, EdS
Pastor, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Boonton NJ; Adjunct Professor of Theology, Seton Hall University
Censor Librorum, Diocese of Paterson
Dr. Kevin E. O’Reilly, OP
Angelicum University, Rome
Member of the Thomas Instituut, Utrecht
Rev. Dr. John Arthur Orr, Pastor, St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church
Jean-Francois Orsini, OP, PhD, KHS
President and founder of the former St. Antoninus Institute for Catholic Education in Business
Dr. Jared Ortiz, Assistant Professor of Religion, Hope College (MI)
Thomas M. Osborne, Jr.
Professor, Department of Philosophy/Center for Thomistic Studies, University of St. Thomas (TX)
Dr. Gerard O’Shea
Senior Lecturer, Religious Education and Family Ministry, John Paul II Institute of Marriage and Family Studies, Melbourne, Australia
Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, PhD
Director of Education
The National Catholic Bioethics Center
Member of the Health Care Sub-Committee of the Doctrine Committee of the U. S. Conference Catholic Bishops; Adjunct Faculty, University of Mary (ND); Adjunct Faculty, Holy Apostles College (CT); Adjunct Faculty, St. John’s Seminary (MA)
Anthony Pagliarini, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professional Specialist
& Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Theology
University of Notre Dame
Robert Parks, MA
Systematic and Historical Theology, The Catholic University of America,
PhD. Candidate, Theology, University of Dayton.
Fr. Daniel Pattee, TOR, STL, PhD
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Associate Professor of Theology
Dr. Colin Patterson
Permanent Fellow
John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, Melbourne
Dr. Benjamin J Peck, MD
Clinical Adjunct Professor, Florida State University, Daytona Regional campus.
Dr. Rebecca A Peck, MD
Clinical Adjunct Professors at the Florida State University, Daytona Regional campus.
Dr. C.C. Pecknold
Associate Professor of Theology
The Catholic University of America
Chair, Academy of Catholic Theology
Alfred H. Pekarek, PhD
Retired Associate Professor of Geology
Member of the Knights of Columbus
Prof. Edward N. Peters, JD, JCD
Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit MI; Referendary, Apostolic Signatura, Rome
Dr. Matthew Peterson
Professor of Media, Politics and Culture at John Paul the Great Catholic University
John A. Petros, MD
Professor and Associate Chair for Research; Emory University Department of Urology
Atlanta, GA
Mrs. Pauline Phelps
Coordinator, Billings Ovulation Method Association of Trinidad and Tobago; Member of Catholic Voices Trinidad and Tobago
John C. Pinheiro
Director of Catholic Studies
Aquinas College, Michigan
Rev. Dr Andrew Charles Pinsent MA
Faculty of Theology and Religion, Oxford University
Associate, Anscombe Bioethics Centre
Rev. Dr. Bruce Pistorius, MD, FAAP, FCP
Alyssa H. Pitstick, PhD
Juan Diego Catholic High School
Alexander T. Pocetto, OSFS, Ph.D.
Senior Salesian Scholar, Salesian Center for Faith and Culture
De Sales University
Karen D. Poehailos, MD
Natural Family Planning Coordinator, Catholic Diocese of Richmond, VA
Member, USCCB Natural Family Planning National Advisory Board
Reverend Joseph T. Poggemeyer, STD
Pastor, Divine Mercy Parish of Paulding County Ohio
Diocese of Toledo, Ohio
Sandra Polania-Reyes, PhD
Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Department of Economics and Center for Ethics and Culture
University of Notre Dame
Gregory K. Popcak, Ph.D., LISW-S, BCD, FAAPC; Executive Director, Pastoral Solutions Institute; Concentration Chair, Marriage and Family Studies, Holy Apostles College and Seminary; Adjunct Prof of Psychology and Graduate Theology, Franciscan University
Kerry Pound, MD (pediatrician), Mass General for Children at the North Shore, Salem MA
Dr. Scott Powell
Director, Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought
Boulder, Colorado
Lauren Pristas, Ph.D., retired Professor of Theology, Caldwell University, Caldwell, NJ
Dermot Quinn, D.Phil (Oxon)
Professor of History
Department of History
Seton Hall University
Patrick Quirk
Associate Professor
St Thomas More Law School
Australian Catholic University
Paul Radzilowski, PhD
Farmington Hills, MI
Dr. Alice M. Ramos
Professor of Philosophy
St. John’s University (NY)
Kathleen M. Raviele, MD
Joseph P. Rice, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Philosophical Theology
Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology
Seton Hall University
John L. Rice, MD
Pediatrician, Private Practice
President, St. Andre Bessette Guild
Jennifer E. Rosato, PhD
Member of the American Catholic Philosophical Association
Fr Higinio Rosolen, SSL
Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture, Saint Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, Boynton Beach, FL
Dr. Michael Rota
Associate Professor of Philosophy
University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN)
Mercedes Rubio, PhD
Director for Academic Affairs and Development
Polis – The Jerusalem Institute of Languages and Humanities
Christopher J. Ruff, STL
Director of the Office for Ministries and Social Concerns, La Crosse WI
Norman Ruiz-Castañeda MD
Vice-President, Miami guild of the Catholic Medical Association
Angelique Ruhi-Lopez, MA
Journalist and Co-Author, The Infertility Companion for Catholics: Spiritual and Practical Support for Couples
Lester Ruppersberger, DO, FACOOG
President Catholic Medical Association
Austin Ruse
Center for Family & Human Rights
Rev. George William Rutler, MSt.(Oxon.), STD
Archdiocese of New York
Fr. Stephen Ryan, OP
Associate Professor
Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception
Peter F. Ryan, SJ
Professor of Moral Theology
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Prof. Ronald J. Rychlak
Jamie L. Whitten Chair of Law and Government; The University of Mississippi School of Law
Juan Carlos Sack, SSL
Assistant Professor, Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus OH
Benjamin Safranski, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville
Peter V. Sampo, PhD
President Emeritus; Professor/Tutor Northeast Catholic College
Carmen Santamaria, JD, MBA,
Member, Miami Catholic Lawyers Guild
Anthony E. Santelli II, PhD
Co-Founder, Catholic Finance Association
Professor James Sapielak
Kyungsung University, Korea
Dr. Clara Sarrocco, Institute of Religious Studies – St. Joseph’s Seminary (Emerita); University Faculty for Life – Long Island Chapter (President)
William (Bill) Saunders, JD
Washington, D.C.
Deborah Savage, PhD
St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity
University of St Thomas (MN)
Dr. Patricia Sayers, DNP, RN
CICIAMS (The International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medico-Social Assistants), Representative to the United Nations and UNICEF, Vatican City; Director RN to BS Program, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Stacy A. Scaldo
Associate Professor of Law
Florida Coastal School of Law
Brian Scarnecchia, Associate Professor of Law, Ave Maria School of Law
Monica Mary Schaumber, JCD (Sister Mary Nika, RSM), Religious Sisters of Mercy, Alma MI
Fr. Walter Schu, LC, STL
Professor at the Legionaries of Christ Novitiate and Humanities College in Cheshire, CT; Author, The Splendor of Love: John Paul II’s Vision for Marriage and Family
Christine Schintgen, D.Phil.
Chair, Department of Literature
Our Lady Seat of Wisdom
Ontario, Canada
Nathan Schlueter, PhD
Professor of Philosophy and Religion
Hillsdale College
Dr. Kathleen M. Schmainda, PhD
Professor and Robert C Olson MD Chair in Radiology,
Vice-Chair, Radiology Research
Medical College of Wisconsin
Faculty Mentor, Medical Students for Life; Board member, University Faculty for Life, Medical College of Wisconsin
Julia A. Schneider, PhD
Medieval Studies Librarian
The Medieval Institute
715-B Hesburgh Library
University of Notre Dame
Mary Schneider MSN, FNP-BC
Assistant Director Marquette University College of Nursing Institute for NFP
Joshua W. Schulz, PhD
Editor, the Maritain Notebook
Associate Professor of Philosophy
DeSales University
Andrew T. Seeley, PhD
Executive Director
Institute for Catholic Liberal Education
Dr. Christopher Shannon
Chair of the History Department, Associate Professor of History
Christendom College
Steven Sharkey, PhD, Professor of Sociology, Alverno College
Elizabeth Shaw, PhD
Lecturer, School of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America
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  1. If Humanae Vitae was so reasonable and plausible:
    (1) Why was the ruling that it expressed rejected by the papal commission set up to advise Pope Paul VI, which included those most closely in touch with contemporary family life, including married people?
    (2) Why did it then need to be unilaterally declared by just one person who did NOT have that direct experience of marriage?
    (3) Why did it fail to convince so many married couples – the very people to whom it was addressed – the vast majority of lay people throughout the Catholic world?
    (4) If it was so convincing to those bishops and other clergy who assented to it, why did they very soon cease all attempts to convince their people of this, by direct engagement and dialogue?
    (5) Why did clergy typically then for decades never remind people about the binding nature of Humanae Vitae – e.g. as a reason for refraining from reception of the Eucharist – while nevertheless receiving weekly donations from so many people whose assent to the document must obviously have been in question?
    (5) Why did all open direct dialogue between bishops and people in Ireland cease at that point also, with the result that the new structures called for by Lumen Gentium 37 in 1964 (to enable lay people to express their needs to their pastors) never emerged – with appalling consequences for those families whose members were struck by clerical child abuse and who then had no option but to appeal to secular media and courts?
    (6) Why nevertheless did Humanae Vitae become and remain the critical test of suitability for a priest to be ordained as bishop – replacing the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds as the qualifying Catholic statement of faith?
    (7) As ‘natural’ methods of family planning are obviously also intended to be means of preventing conception, why was the primary argument against other methods the fact that they do the same? (If it is not a charitable act to wave a five pound note at one’s front door when no one is about, how does an act timed never to coincide with the possibility of conception become an act ‘open to the transmission of life’?)
    (8) Surely the most important test of a teaching is its ‘teachability’ – i.e. its conformity to the principle expressed in Article 1 of the Vatican II Declaration on Religious Freedom: “Truth can impose itself on the mind of man only in virtue of its own truth, which wins over the mind with both gentleness and power.” Why on the contrary did Humanae Vitae need to be supported by sanctions against ‘dissent’ – while over 90 % of married Catholics globally were NOT won over by the arguments it presented?

  2. declan cooney says:

    Wow !!
    Well done ACP. Now that is real diaologue for a change.
    I have found your website to be biased to the liberal/left so it is heartening to see you post the other side of the debate on HV a truly prophetic writing by a truly holy man. Well done.

  3. The vast majority of Catholics have rejected this teaching because they have faced reality and rightly decide for themselves that they are going to use the method of family planning that works best for their individual circumstances which are wide and varied.
    The experts in this field are the parents ,when is this going to sink in. Does anyone even think that the young mothers of today are going to go back to having ten or more children.

  4. 90% of married Catholics globally have rejected HV because they know that NFP methods are notoriously unreliable.
    Compare that with the views of 500 academics many of them celibate . There is a vast difference between theory and practice as many mothers of twelve will tell if anyone cares to listen now that like me have the benefit of hindsight.

  5. Joe O'Leary says:

    Sean has a good point about the breakdown of communication between laity and bishops because of HV. There was a pastoral congress of British Catholics in Liverpool in 1980 which made a declaration against Humanae Vitae. There has never been another, nor in Ireland. So what should have inaugurated a new and more vibrant age in church life became the occasion of just another clampdown.

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