All Natural!

I’m a big fan of a Catholic radio show called Catholic Answers Live which airs in the evenings during the week.  The host of the show is Patrick Coffin and every hour the show he usually brings in a guest where they focus on a particular topic. Listeners are allowed to call in and ask questions regarding the Catholic teaching of the topic of that hour.  Pretty cool stuff!  I’ve learned a lot.  And it gives me something to listen to on my commute home from work.Patrick Coffin, in addition to being a radio show host, is also a book and blog writer (and he wears a few other hats not worth mentioning here).  If not evident from the picture above, he wrote Sex Au Naturel where he presents factual and scriptural points on the Catholic Church’s teaching regarding sex and contraception/sterilization/abortion.  I just finished the book today after reading it here and there for a few weeks.  My motivation for reading it stemmed from him shamelessly plugging his book whenever callers pose a question regarding contraception.  In light of what’s going on in the United States right now with the HHS mandate that demands all insurance companies to cover contraception and abortifacient drugs, I felt it necessary to arm myself with whatever resources I can muster to defend the Church’s teaching.What I liked about the book was how readable it is.  Patrick presents the information clearly and concisely with a ton of references.  The book is meant for Catholics to read, and he even says that at the beginning.  He covers the history of Christian teaching on contraception, the implications of Humanae Vitae, makes the case for Catholic authority on teaching this matter, birth control, the overpopulation myth, and sterilization…and things in-between.  You can find more info about the book and its Amazon link here on his website at patrickcoffin.net.It’s short, but I don’t know how many pages there are because I have the Kindle edition…haha.But anyway, while this blog post isn’t a critical review of the book…I know that I’ll probably be referencing this book or referencing his references for future blog posts.I definitely recommend this book for those Catholics and Christians who aren’t too clear on Church teaching regarding contraception.  He isn’t preachy or judgmental–he just echoes facts and verses.  It’s also going to be a good resource for an aspiring Catholic apologist, especially now that the issue of contraception has been elevated to national attention.  NOW is the time to let the American society know why the Catholic Church teaches what she teaches regarding sex and contraception.On to the next book about sex and Catholic teaching…Faith. Hope. Charity. Going green.- JD