Direct from San Diego and Catholic Answers Live — we are so pleased to bring you our interview with Patrick Coffin. What a quality guy: devoted to our Catholic Faith…. devoted to his marriage and family, and devoted to the topic of the misunderstood teaching of the Church on contraception. Before getting into Patrick’s book and his awesome job on Catholic Answers phone-in show, we find out about his childhood, growing up faith experiences and about his education. In fact, Patrick describes himself as “educated beyond his intelligence.” He tells us what it’s like to have been an actor and about doing TV commercials. And then he shared with us what was behind his book with the unusual name and topic.
Sex Au Naturel: What It Is and Why It’s Good For Your Marriage by radio host Patrick Coffin is a bracing ride across the landscape of the Catholic sexual ethic. If you’re looking for intellectual ammo with which to defend and explain the teaching of Humanae Vitae, or if you reject it altogether, you’ll agree that Coffin approaches the topic from a wide array of new and persuasive angles. With humor, enthusiasm, and a total absence of moralizing, you’ll learn:
Why Paul VI’s landmark 1968 encyclical was widely rejected a generation ago and why it’s gaining new respectability now.
Where exactly the Bible teaches against birth control.
The differences between contraception and natural family planning (hint: they’re more profound than you think).
The meaning of the natural law and how it applies to birth control.
How the dogma of the Blessed Trinity implicit condemns birth control.
That every single Protestant denomination rejected birth control until 1930.
Why the myth of overpopulation is used against the Church, and how to answer it.
How faithful adherence to the teaching of Humanae Vitae is causally related to marital happiness and longevity.
Why it’s not too late to start over, even if you’ve been sterilized.
How to rely on the ever-present grace of God rather than your own strength in faithfully following this challenging, life-giving aspect of Christian discipleship.
Much, much more!
About the Author:
Patrick Coffin is the host of Catholic Answers Live, the number-one rated Catholic radio show in America, heard nationwide Monday to Friday, 3PM-8PM Eastern. He has published dozens of articles, essays, and interviews. Born in Nova Scotia, he is an alumnus of Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, McGill University in Montreal, and Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, where he obtained a master’s degree in theology. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Mariella, and their two daughters.
Patrick has offered listeners to Catholic Vitamins an autographed copy of his book. To get a signed copy – go to his website found at
www.patrickcoffin.net If you want to read more about his book you can also look to his publisher’s website, Emmaus Road Publishing.
Thank you Patrick Coffin for a QUALITY visit with the listeners to Catholic Vitamins! And to you listeners who might be in a parish or diocese or special event situation where you’d like to book a guest appearance and talk by Patrick, you can get in contact with Cherry Marquez, the Coordinator for Speakers from Catholic Answers. The phone number is 619-387-7200.
Oh — don’t forget to look for Patrick Coffin on Facebook!
Deacon Tom & Dee Fox
PS: Our closing music is the delightful SPREAD JOY, a song written and performed by Mike Strickland. This neat piece of musical smile went viral and wound up on Good Morning America. Thanks Mike for sharing Spread Joy with Catholic Vitamins.