NYer, thanks for posting this. It is amazing. As recent converts (2005), we did not understand about Humanae Vitae and the Dissenters.
However, the fruits of this amazing rift are all too evident. I now see where and how the storm gathered, and I have a much deeper understanding of why the US Bishops’ meetings are so filled with rebellion and defiance.
It will be good when the Boomers (my generation..) retire and the WORLD can start mopping up. And it will not be a minute too soon.
I'm not certain whether it was Raymond Arroyo or Fr. Mitch Pacwa but one of them recently had a guest who provided a similar, in depth explanation of that time period when Humanae Vitae was released. He described the period as one in which all the christian churches had condoned artificial birth control so, naturally Catholic priests expected the pope would also be in approval. In the confessionals, some of them were already giving absolution for its use. You can imagine the shock when this encyclical was released. That was followed by 'dissent' Their consciences had already been molded by the anticipated endorsement of artificial birth control.
Better yet, when the Boomers, which is also my generation, will take a hint and come back to God.
I’ve said for many years, that the world will start to return to normality when the boomers finally die off. I catch hell for saying it, mostly by offended boomers.
I don’t think all boomers are evil, not remotely, but there is little doubt that much of what was embraced, and continues to be promoted by many of them even today have been horribly harmful to the world.
I’m glad to see at least a few in that age bracket aren’t so self dilluded as many others of them are.