Happy Birthday The Pill

Monday, May 10, 2010 \PM\.\Mon\.

Ironically, this Sunday was not only Mother’s Day but the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the first modern birth control pill, now granted proper noun status at The Pill.  Tributes and analyses have been written ad naseum over the weekend, but for a Catholic blog it is important to take a step back and realize that, despite our intense moral objections to this form of birth control, it more than any other person or thing may have been the most influential part of Catholicism in the last fifty years.

The Pill was “invented” by a then-Catholic doctor whose goal in creating the birth control option was to find a way to regulate women’s menstrual cycles that mirrored the traditional Catholic rhythm method.  As Church and American Catholic historians well know, Pope Pius VI created a committee to offer an advisory opinion, then allegedly went against the committee’s recommendation in Humana Vitae and lumped The Pill in with other forms of artificial contraception.

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Happy Mothers’ Day

Sunday, May 10, 2009 \PM\.\Sun\.

Bernadette

A happy Mothers’ Day to all our readers who are moms!  May you not have to cook today, may your children praise you, may Dad do the dishes and may you have a fun day!  My mother departed this world a quarter of a century ago and there is not a day that I do not think of her.  There are a million reasons why particular mothers are loved, but fundamentally mothers are held in the highest rank of human esteem because so many of them are capable of this type of self-sacrificial love.  We learn our first lesson in love from our mothers, and it is doubtless the most important lesson we ever receive.