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. 

Among Women 158: Greeting our new Pope, plus meet “Theologian Mom”!

March 16, 2013

This week’s episode:

“Blessed are They”: St Mary Major

“Among Women” Guest: Angela Franks

We conclude this history-making week with a podcast that looks back on the election of our new pope, Francis, formerly known as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina. Plus in our first segment I discuss the significance of the Pope’s early morning visit on day one to pray before Our Blessed Mother at her basilica in Rome, St Mary Major. I also give some of the history of Mary and that basilica as I discuss some of its interior treasures in our first segment.

Salus Populi Romani - a much venerated icon of Our Lady with the Child Jesus (found in St Mary Major)

Salus Populi Romani – a much venerated icon of Our Lady with the Child Jesus (found in St Mary Major)

In our second segment, I’m happy to introduce Angela Franks, PhD, theology professor and moral theologian — whose twitter handle is “@theologianmom”. Together we talk about some of Angela’s professional interests regarding the eugenic legacy of Margaret Sanger and its harmful longterm impact on our culture, as well as our attitudes toward our bodies, sexuality, contraception, and good health.

We also explore the Catholic Church’s position on a new feminism that speaks of the beauty of the human person, and of women in particular. We cover why the Church continues to oppose contraception and upholds NFP (methods for natural family planning), and why our personal trust in God is key to fuller Christian life.

Links for this episode:

Fr Roderick’s You Tube Video: “Habamus Papam”

SQPN giving campaign — please donate!

Pope Francis’ message to the Cardinals

Pat Gohn’s blog post: “Pope Francis Day One – Among Women-style – The gifts of Mary, womanhood, and the new evangelization.”

St Mary Major’s website — many photos and other interactive information

Catholic Mom’s Lenten initiative for bring A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy by Sarah Reinhard to pregnancy care centers around the USA.

Angela and David Frank’s blog

Theological Institute for the New Evangelization (TINE), Archdiocese of Boston

Margaret Sanger’s Eugenic Legacy: The Control of Feminine Fertility by Angela Franks

Women, Sex, and the Church by Erika Bachiochi

Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood  by Pat Gohn — is now available!

Other shows of related interest:

AW 98: “Women, Sex, and the Church” with Erika Bachiochi