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St. Mary Magdalen's
Catholic Church
Willesden Green
London NW10
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008
SUMMER HOLIDAYS:can be long for kids–see white A4 Small Talk newsletter in porch

RECOMMENDED FOR FAMILIES: The Faith, The Family, The Future
25th-26th October 2008 St. Albans. A w/e conference to nurture and give hope to families and young Catholics, focusing upon the beauty of the Church’s vision for love, marriage and the family, passing on the faith to the next generation. With programs specially tailored to each age group, & the opportunity for spiritual reflection & renewal. Email: & see


This weekend is the 40th anniversary of the Papal Letter Humanae Vitae which confirmed the 2,000 year old Catholic, Christian teaching that for the marital act to be able to form the couple in true union and generosity it must not actively be shut off from its procreative orientation. It is also the 30th anniversary of the birth of the first child conceived in a test tube by “In Vitro Fertilization”, whereby procreation is separated from the marital act – also against Catholic teaching. (“Fertility Care” offer a great natural alternative which has high success rate with couples told they were infertile in the NHS, as well as enabling deeper communication).

N.B.: Between 1991 and 2005 2,137,924 human embryos have been created to assist UK couples to have babies. During this period, the total of live babies born through IVF procedures was 109,469. What happened to the other 2,028,455 human embryos? According to “Unused embryos in clinics under UK law may by consent be discarded, frozen, donated to research or donated to other infertile couples…” and many embryos are transferred to the womb only to miscarry or to be selectively aborted.

Forty years ago Humanae Vitae stated that the widespread use of contraception would lead man to think that he had unlimited dominion over his own body. He also said it would "lead to conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality"; men will tend to-wards losing respect for "the woman” and may come to "the point of considering her as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment and no longer as his respected and beloved com-panion.” Is this true? N.B. the latest stage in this process is the Human Fertilization and Embryology Bill, which will very likely, among other things, allow cloning up to birth

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