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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 17, No. 15. July 29, 1953


"It is a serious thought that at a certain time there was nothing of us. The world there was and people in it and God and time, and history—but of us there was nothing. When we talk of birth control, of sex, of marriage, there is nothing that brings us so quickly to our senses, that places all in its right perspective as this thought—there was a moment when I began to live."

"That moment was the result of sexual union of a man and a woman."

Rev. Fr. Weaver, S.M., D.D., started this in the course of a lecture on the "Moral Aspects of Birth Control," given in c3 on July 23 to an audience of over 130. The talk was sponsored by the Catholic Students Guild. Dr. Weaver, who spoke last year on "Sex Education and the Catholic." is a lecturer in theology at the Marist Father's Seminary, Greenmeadows.

Stressing the importance of his subject, the speaker said that when We talk of birth control, we are bandying about on our lips and in our minds the potential lives of men and women like ourselves. Hence the solemnity of marriage, which is an Institution whereby a man and a woman, are brought together for the purpose of begetting children, This is the primary end of marriage, and the fact that nature envisages children is the reason for those, qualities of a true marriage, perpetual and exclusive giving over of sexual rights. The very contract of marriage is the mutual handing over of these rights.