Evidence That NFP Is Good For Marriage?

By Mike Manhart, MD I’d wager that every couple believes and hopes their wedding day is the first day of a lifelong relationship. Today however, one out of every two adults encounter divorce in their family or of a close relative. I suspect many see a lifelong marriage as more an unrealistic ideal rather than…

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Connection of NFP and Odds of Divorce

Written by Jim Volpe. Originally published in Family Foundations. One of the many important endeavors that CCL has been working on throughout its history has been to establish NFP in the scientific community as a respectable option for family planning. Mike Manhart, Ph.D. and co-author, Richard Fehring, Ph.D, RN, FAAN from Marquette University took a…

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Snapshot of CCL Volunteers Today

Written by Mike Manhart. Originally published in Family Foundations in 2022. One of the most important reasons for CCL’s 50+ years of service is our volunteers. Few organizations that depend on volunteers can match the strength and commitment of CCL volunteers. Our average length of service for Teaching Couples is 16.8 years and for Promoters…

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More Evidence that Periodic Abstinence is Good for Marriage

New research confirms that despite the challenge of periodic abstinence, the use of natural family planning can be beneficial for marital relationships. The study, “Natural Family Planning and Marital Chastity: The Effects of Periodic Abstinence on Marital Relationships” (Linacre Quarterly, June 12, 2020) by Richard J. Fehring, PhD, RN, and Michael D. Manhart, PhD, found…

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Study Links the Pill to Depression

If your social media feeds are anything like ours, you may have seen a new study about the pill and depression being posted multiple times yesterday. Understandably so, because it is a pretty big deal since it reveals a true link between the pill and depression in women. Add another side effect to hormonal contraceptives…

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Hook-up Culture Not What it Seems

Growing up in Catholic schools, I received a clearly painted picture of what my sexual future should be — abstinence until marriage. In middle school, we learned the Church’s teaching and the basis behind why you should wait for marriage to have sex. Then high school health class introduced us to STDs and unplanned pregnancies,…

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Minority Report

From the January/February 2012 issue of Family Foundations: by Holly Rutchik Do you ever feel like you’re not normal? If you practice NFP, you’re in a distinct minority – even among your Catholic peers. Ninety-eight percent of self-identified Catholic women use contraception, according to a recent study by the Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of…

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It’s Still a Man’s World

Once again the month of October is upon us with the full press of breast cancer awareness coming from nearly every angle one can imagine.  Personally, NFL players wearing pink shoes and gloves is a bit much for me.  And again, the contribution oral contraceptives make to increase breast cancer among younger women goes unstated,…

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