Meditation can lead astray – warns Cardinal Ratzinger

VATICAN CITY: EASTERN prayer and meditation, while having positive elements, “is not free from dangers and errors” harmful to Catholic spirituality, said a Vatican document approved by Pope John Paul II.Because of the growing interest in Eastern methods among Catholics, there is an “urgent need” to define the elements of prayer essential for Christianity in [...]

Values: Contraception – Family planning or family avoidance?

In this continuing series on Values, we look at the issue of contraception versus natural family planning (NFP), and their implications on couples and society. IN JUST the last 50 years, contraceptives have changed the world’s perception of birth control. There has been much debate over the use of contraception versus natural family planning (NFP). [...]

The morning-after pill and other anti-implantation methods

An embryo is constituted after fertilisation of the egg, and drugs and techniques that prevent its implantation in the uterine wall are morally illicit because they intend to cause an abortion – even if they don’t actually cause an abortion every time they are used. Anyone who seeks to prevent the implantation of an embryo [...]