Tuesday, July 24, 2018

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Gus goes over today's Gospel reading from Matthew where a man in a crowd Jesus was teaching tells him that his mother and brothers were outside waiting for him. Jesus responds, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my heavenly father is my brother, and sister and mother." Gus talks about how some Protestants use this passage against the Catholic belief of the perpetual virginity of Mary and refutes many of the old arguments, including that, in the earliest texts of Matthew's Gospel, the Aramaic word used for "brothers" is actually a term meaning "kinsmen" or "cousins."

As we head into the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's landmark encyclical "Humanae Vitae," Gus gives a little background on what led up to the pope's decision to condemn artificial contraception among married couples in the dawn of the Sexual Revolution and despite other Christian denominations' approval of it. Afterwards, Gus invites listeners to call in who've encountered challenges in their relationships because of Humanae Vitae and the Catholic teaching on artificial contraception.


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