Among Women 174: Contraception is Contra to Our Happiness

February 19, 2014

This week’s episode:

“Blessed are They”: St Mary of Cerevellon

“Among Women” Guest: Angela Franks, PhD

This week we look at the Catholic Church’s teaching on contraception in detail with a moral theologian, Angela Franks, PhD. Dr Franks is a wife, mother,166556 author, and professor at the Theological Institute of the New Evangelization at St John’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of Boston. Dr Franks’ expertise and advice on this important subject is both pastoral and consoling. Her teaching is grounded in the truth that God really does want us to be happy, and that the moral life is always possible for us — with God’s grace!

I’ll also be looking at the life of St Mary of Cerevellon, a 13th century native of Barcelona, Spain and her ministry among slaves and others, earning her the nickname, “Mary of Help.”

Links for this episode:

Pat Gohn’s events page

Dr Franks blog

Contraception and Catholicism by Angela Franks, PhD

Theological Institute for the New Evangelization (TINE) at St John Seminary, Brighton, MA

Christian Witness – TV show on Catholic TV with Dr. David and Angela Franks

Other shows of related interest:

 AW 158: Meet Theologian Mom –  A previous episode with Angela Franks

AW 46:  An episode about Natural Family Planning (Billings method)

AW 42: An episode about Natural Family Planning (Creighton method)


Participant in an upcoming special edition of Among Women to celebrate the anniversary of Pope Francis’ election! Send your comments regarding “What you love about Pope Francis?” Or “What have you learned from Pope Francis?” to Pat Gohn at, or to the Among Women podcast facebook page. Or record your feedback at the AW voicemail line created for this show at 206-339-8834. More details here. 

4 comments on “Among Women 174: Contraception is Contra to Our Happiness

  1. Pat, I have been introduced to you for the first time this week by watching your appearances on Women of Grace on EWTN. I’m so glad I was brought to your website and eventually found your pod casts. Of course this is the first one I have listened to and am very interested in Dr. Franks book, Contraception and Catholicism. I’m a 35 year old mother and am rediscovering the Church’s love for women in our own femininity. I’ve never been comfortable with the idea of the birth control pill so I never took it and now I am glad I hadn’t but it wasn’t due to some deep rooted faith reason. I’d love to learn more about the fundamentals about the Church’s teachings and WHY following those teachings can lead us to real joy. I’m also exploring NPF more seriously so thank you for the additional links above. I look forward to listening to those pod casts as well.

    1. Pat says:

      Maria, Welcome to Among Women! I will add you name to the drawing for Dr Franks’ book. Thank you for taking time to listen and to write in!

    2. Pat says:

      Maria, glad you are here! I’ll add your name to the drawing.

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