Good Reads on Christian Marriage

With the recent news regarding the decline in belief in the Church’s teachings on Christian Marriage (i.e., sex), I thought some might appreciate a compendium of good reads on the topic of Christian Marriage: encyclicals, books, articles, etc.

From the Popes:
Casti Connubii (On Christian Marriage) — Pope Pius XI
Arcanum (On Christian Marriage) — Pope Leo XIII
Familiaris Consortio (The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World) — Pope John Paul II

The Theology of the Body by Pope John Paul II (* a general audience, which makes up the teachings contained in the theology of the Body, is not on the same level of teaching as a Papal encyclical or Conciliar document)

From the Bishops:
Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality – Pontifical Council for the Family
Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage – Pontifical Council for the Family
Love & Life in the Divine Plan — United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Cohabitation Before Marriage — the Bishops of Kansas
Pennsylvania Bishops Document on Cohabitation — the Bishops of Pennsylvania
PDF on Fornication & other Sexual Matters — Archdiocese of Washington
Pastoral Letter on Cohabitation & Marriage in the Church — Archbishop Sheehan, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
The Vocation of Marriage in God’s Plan — Archbishop Stafford

From Priests, theologians, etc.:
Cana is Forever — Fr. Charles Hugo Doyle
Three to Get Married — Msgr. Fulton Sheen
Clean Love in Courtship – Fr. Lawrence G. Lovasik
Chastity: A Guide for Teens & Young Adults – Fr. Gerald Kelly, SJ
Questions Young People Ask Before Marriage – Fr. Donald Miller, CSSR
When Is Company Keeping Lawful & Prudent? – (“Company Keeping” = courtship/dating)
Little Book of Instructions for Christian Mothers – Fr. Pius Franciscus, OM Cap.
“Casti Connubii 60 Years Later” – John Kippley

Books not currently available (to my knowledge) online: (Get ‘em from your library or cool Catholic friend)
The Privilege of Being a Woman by Alice von Hildebrand
The Sins of Parents by Fr. Charles Hugo Doyle
Love and Responsibility by Karol Wojtyla (later Pope John Paul II) (you can catch a decent size preview on Google Books here)
Called to Love by Carl Anderson & Fr. José Grenados (I briefly reviewed it here)

This is (and will be) constantly updated. Feel free to recommend something I may have missed.


What Really Constitutes Extraordinary Means?

Life issues are always at the forefront simply because they are life issues. Life and death are serious events that demand reflection.

I’m sure most people remember and are familiar with the Terri Shiavo tragedy from 2005… though the news media (fueled by her  demonic husband, Michael) painted her death as “merciful” and “peaceful”– it was anything but that. It was, at the very least, inhumane. In her final moments, Terri’s skin was flaking off, her eyes sunken, and blood leaked from her eyes and mouth because her body was so dried out because of dehydration. Her death was full of suffering and intense, agonizing pain. It’s not a quick process; a person who starves to death doesn’t die instantly. It’s a long, slow, painful process that takes weeks.

Why do I bring up Terri Shiavo today? Because the same thing is happening to another unfortunate victim. Only this time, instead of taking 14 days to die from dehydration (like Terri did), the patient has been clinging to life for over 55 days. Trisha Rushing Duguay has been fighting for her life, without nutrition or water, for 55 days. Almost 8 weeks. 2 months. Have we become the Nazis? Or worse? Feeding a person is not extraordinary means. Trisha, like Terri, needs no machines to keep her body functioning. She needs, as we all do, food and water. To strip a person of a feeding tube and refuse them fluids to let them die of dehydration is not humane or merciful… it’s vicious and demonic. This is euthanasia. The fruit of the culture of death. We kill our children in their mother’s wombs, and now we kill anyone who is unable to speak for themselves.

Trisha Rushing Duguay was married and within 48 hours diagnosed with a brain tumor. Within 10 days of her marriage, she’d fallen into a coma. What were her last words?

“I am going to beat this,” she told [her husband], then joked: “You are not going to get rid of me this easy.”

And still here she is, clinging to life while being starved to death as doctors, nurses, and family members look on: unwilling to care for her most basic needs: food, and water. Her husband who promised to love and care for her “in sickness and in health” etc. and explicitly promised her before her surgery that he would always take care of her if she became disabled has broken those promises. Broken his wedding vows. He’s killing his wife, not caring for her.

Pray for Trisha Rushing Duguay, her family, friends, and those who sit idly by while she dies an agnozing and painful death. Pray for those are starving her, and consenting to her starvation.

What is the world coming to?

Pray for Trisha Rushing Duguay facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/group.php?gid=128342343885221&v=wall&ref=ts

UPDATE: I learned that Trisha died Friday September 24 a little after 9am. 56 days to starve and dehydrate to death…  she fought hard for her life.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.