Nearly 50 years ago, Pope Bl. Paul VI promulgated Humanae Vitae, an encyclical addressing the use of contraception. 50 years later, the Catholic Church still teaches that sex is reserved for the marriage covenant, that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that the use of any artificial contraception is a sin. Cultural attitudes have changed regarding these issues, but the teaching of the Church has not. Is the Catholic Church out of touch? Please join us for a series of presentations designed to answer this important question.

Upcoming Events

January 25
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Bishop Michael Duca

The Courage to be Catholic

Join us as Bishop Michael Duca kicks off the God & Sex Speaker Series with "The Courage to be Catholic." What does being a Catholic in your modern world mean? Should the teachings about sex and marriage change? Bishop Duca will address these questions and others and give an overview of the upcoming year.

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February 25
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David Parker, M.D.

Infertility, Technology, and the Church

Dr. David Parker, a native of Shreveport, will provide a medical perspective as part of the God & Sex Speaker Series as he presents Infertility, Technology and the Church: A Catholic Physician’s Experience. He will discuss the latest in infertility, contraception and natural family planning. David is one of a few physicians in the country doing a unique medical and surgical application of gynecology used to treat infertility, abnormal bleeding, premenstrual syndrome and other conditions.

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March 19
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Dumb Ox Ministries

Given Up for You

Brian Butler and Greg Boudreaux of Dumb Ox Ministries will present Given Up For You at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Shreveport, March 19-21 at 9:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. Join us as they lead us in an engaging Lenten retreat that will help us discover authentic love. This ministry is deeply rooted in the Gospel and the writings of the Theology of the Body by Pope John Paul II. This retreat is geared for all age groups.

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April 25
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Dr. Christopher Manion

The Myth of Overpopulation

Dr. Christopher Manion will speak about Too Many People? The Myth of Overpopulation. Dr. Manion served as a staff director on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for several years. He has taught in the departments of politics, religion, and international relations at Boston University, the Catholic University of America, and Christendom College and is the director of the Campaign for Humanae Vitae.

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May 25
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Deacon Bruce Pistorius

Free Love is not Free: The Prophetic Vision of Blessed Paul VI

Deacon Bruce Pistorius, M.D. will present Free Love is not Free: The Prophetic Vision of Blessed Paul VI in the God & Sex Speaker Series. He will enlighten us on the prophesies of Pope Paul VI and how they have manifested in our modern world. Dr. Pistorius is a deacon at St. Joseph Catholic Church and is a local pediatrician.

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June 25
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Patrick Coffin

No Birth and No Control: Contraception as a Gateway Drug to Porn

Patrick Coffin will present No Birth and No Control: Contraception as a Gateway Drug to Porn in our God & Sex Speaker Series. He is the host of the Patrick Coffin Show and was the former host of Catholic Answers Live. He holds graduate degrees in theology from McGill University in Montreal and Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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July 25
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Bishop Joseph Strickland

The Truth is the Truth

Welcome Bishop Joseph Strickland from the Diocese of Tyler, Texas as he presents The Truth is the Truth in our God & Sex Speaker Series. Bishop Strickland has recently released a new pastoral constitution designed to teach the Catholic faith to “Allow the Light of Christ to Shine Forth in it radiant brilliance”. He has recognized evil in our society and plans to bring this Light of Christ in new and creative ways.

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August 25
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Cassie Hammett

Sex Trafficking in Your Back Yard

Cassie Hammett will present Sex Trafficking in Your Back Yard as part of the God & Sex Speaker Series. Cassie is the founder of The Hub: Urban Ministries. One of the groups in this ministry is "Purchased: Not For Sale" who reaffirms and supports women and children caught in the sex industry.

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September 25
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Lisa Cooper

The Hook-Up Culture

Join us to welcome Lisa Cooper to discuss The Hook-Up Culture as part of our God & Sex Speaker Series. Lisa is a writer, speaker, and the founder of MOSAIC ™ Retreats. For over twenty years, she has spoken to women of all ages as well as students and their families. Her passion has always been to encourage and empower others to live their faith authentically in a culture that often seeks to destroy it.

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October 25
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Jason Evert

Called to Love

Jason Evert of the Chastity Project will present Called to Love. He will reveal how to offer a transforming love to those experiencing same sex attraction. Jason has traveled to six continents to bring the message of chastity to more than one million people over the past 15 years including World Youth Days in Australia, Spain, and Poland. Jason earned a master’s degree in Theology, and undergraduate degrees in Counseling and Theology, with a minor in Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is a best selling author of more than ten books, including Saint John Paul, The Great. How to Find Your Soul Mate without Losing Your Soul, and the curriculum YOU: Life, Love and the Theology of the Body. He and his wife Crystalina are frequent guests on radio programs throughout the country and their television appearances include MSNBC, Fox, the BBC and EWTN. Together, they run the chastity project.com and lead an international alliance of young people who promote purity in more than 40 countries.

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November 25
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Ministry Fair

To Love is to Serve: We Need You!

The God and Sex Speaker Series ends with a ministry fair entitled: To Love is to Serve: We Need You! There will be brief presentations of apostolates located in the Shreveport area that uphold human dignity and promote life. Some ministries to be represented will be Mary’s House, Heart of Hope, Natural Family Planning, 40 Days for Life, One Life, Vita, Embrace Grace, Rachel’s Vineyard, Marriage in Christ, The Hub: Urban Ministries, etc.

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About Our Project

On July 25th 1968, Pope Paul VI issued a brief but controversial document that shook the secular and ecclesial world. The document was Humanae Vitae, Of Human Life, and within its short thirty-one paragraphs, the pope affirmed the truths of the Catholic Church, that same Church established on the rock of Peter by Jesus Christ, who Paul declares is the same “yesterday and today and forever.” It is through this authority, handed down by apostolic succession, that our Popes have the courage to speak the truth with boldness. Paul VI did this with Humanae Vitae, and was castigated and rejected by the world and practicing Catholics alike. But what was it that we were rejecting? And what have been the consequences of our rebellion?

The world was in the throes of change when Humanae Vitae was issued to the masses. The reforms of the Second Vatican Council were in its infancy and struggling to find purchase with both clergy and laity. The sexual revolution was in full swing, and “free love” reigned amongst those who have shaped the world we have today. Intoxicated by the spirit of newfound liberty, we cast off the morals that anchored our culture and Christian tradition and allowed ourselves to become adrift in moral autonomy. We shared again in the sin of Adam and Eve, choosing for ourselves the definitions of good and evil. Sexual license, the devaluation of human life through eugenics, abortion, and euthanasia, and the widespread acceptance of contraception—these became the new norms, the new good. In the midst of all the mania, Paul VI saw the future. Speaking of contraception, he wrote in Humanae Vitae, “this course of action could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards…[furthermore] a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection.”

My brothers and sisters, we have seen the profound effects that these new norms have had on our world: Millions of children sacrificed at the altar of convenience, the destruction of the dignity of women by pornography and rampant sex trafficking, homes shattered by divorce, children growing up without a coherent family unit, creating hurt and confusion that strikes right to our very identity, that we are beloved children of our Heavenly Father.

There has to be another way than the one the world has chosen for us, the world that tried to reduce Pope Paul VI’s encyclical to the last gasp of a dying patriarchy. But it wasn’t a dying patriarchy that proclaimed Humanae Vitae. It was the Church established by Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd who loves us and shows us the way. Fifty years later, I would like to believe that we can now look soberly at our situation. Fifty years later, I believe that the words of Paul VI, words spoken with the authority of the Good Shepherd, can ring true and fruitfully in our hearts.

It is with great joy that I introduce you to the 50th Anniversary of the proclamation of Humanae Vitae, Of Human Life. In commemoration of this most important document, Saint Joseph, Saint John Berchmans, and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton will play host to a number of speakers who will put flesh on the meaning of Humanae Vitae and breathe new life into this hypoxic world. I invite you to open your hearts to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and participate in the coming events. May the God who is the Way, the Truth and the Life bless us on this journey. Amen!

Fr. Matthew Long, Pastor
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Shreveport, Louisiana

Prayer to Bl. Paul VI

Blessed Pope Paul VI

Blessed Pope Paul VI you were a great Pope, a courageous Christian, a tireless apostle, and we thank you for your humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his Church! To confront a secularized and hostile society, you held fast, with farsightedness and wisdom – and at times alone – to the helm of the barque of Peter, while never losing your joy and your trust in the Lord.

You devoted your whole life to the “sacred, solemn and grave task of continuing in history and extending on earth the mission of Christ” by loving the Church and leading her so that she might be “a loving mother of the whole human family and at the same time the minister of its salvation”

We pray that through your intercession we would be docile to the will of God and that we would receive the grace to keep the laws which the Most High God has engraved in our very nature. And by devoting our lives to Him and working for His kingdom of mercy, love and peace.

We ask all these things through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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