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A Prophecy Fulfilled (Pill's 50th Birthday - Repost)
Jesse Romero .com ^ | 1962 | Dick Cremins, S.J.

Posted on 05/29/2010 4:36:38 AM PDT by GonzoII

A Prophecy Fulfilled

Fr. Stanislas de Lestapis, a French Jesuit, died in 1999 at the age of 94. He had been a member of the Papal Commission on Birth Control and was one of the signatories of its so-called Minority Report. He had published a book on Birth Control, of which the third edition appeared in 1962, long before Humanae Vitae (1968). In Chapter 7, on The Contraceptive Civilization, he made the following bold prophecies:

'We do not hesitate to say that the acceptance of contraception will produce profound changes in our civilization. These changes are already taking place in countries that have officially endorsed contraception for one or two generations.

'Voluntary numerous families will progressively disappear, and the large family will tend to appear as a monstrosity.'

'Populations and families which have deliberately become less creative will experience spiritual ageing and premature sclerosis.'

'The idea and the ideal of family happiness will be downgraded in terms of a so-called right to happiness and of what people think are the 'techniques' for achieving it.'

'Morality among the young will deteriorate. The unmarried will be more licentious. The sexuality of women will lose its connection with marriage.'

'There will be a grave change in the bond of love, due to the reversal of sexual function. It will remain fixed at an 'adolescent' stage. Society as a whole will slip into this 'transitory' stage.'

'The maternal instinct will become sterile, due to the repression of the desire for children which is innate in women. There will be a silent hostility toward life and its first manifestations: pregnancy, child-birth and even sometimes towards dolls and babies.'

'A new concept of sex, now essentially defined as 'the capacity for erotic play for the sake of the couple', all reference to procreation now being only accidental.'

'A growing confusion between the two sexes and less resistance to 'sexual inversions': the concept of man will lose some of its masculine characteristics, while that of woman becomes less feminine.'

'A growing tolerance of homosexual behaviour, as erotic play that at best succeeds in expressing personal intimacy between friends or lovers.'

'Finally, contraception will raise hopes which it cannot fulfill, and will give rise to frustrations and deep dissatisfactions, which will contribute to:

- The crisis of divorce and instability of modern marriages.
* The deterioration of mental health, and the lack of sexual desire in women, noted in the Kinsey Report.
* The abdication of parents confronted by their task as educators.
* The ennui secreted by a civilization that is entirely centered on a comfortable way of life and sexual satisfaction.'

'We may be accused of drawing a rather somber picture. No one will reproach us for not being frank. It only remains to justify these predictions. Remember we began by saying that it is by no means easy to provide a statistical basis for them.'

Fr. Lestapis goes on for twenty pages to justify separately each of his predictions, some very clearly, others less so, given the intangible nature of his subject. However, a simple observation of our contemporary world will tell us that many, if not all of them, have come to pass.

Is this just coincidence or is it because 'the acceptance of contraception' actually has 'produced profound changes in our civilization'?

If that is so, we can hardly treat the assertion of Humanae Vitae that 'every use of marriage should be open to the transmission of life' as an open question.

Dick Cremins, S.J., FASU Consultancy
P.O. Box 1530, Lilongwe, MALAWI
Tel: [265] 753863

Article courtesy of: Victor R. Claveau  —  Web site:

TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Moral Issues
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1 posted on 05/29/2010 4:36:38 AM PDT by GonzoII
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2 posted on 05/29/2010 4:38:28 AM PDT by massmike (...So this is what happens when OJ's jury elects the president....)
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I am a protestant, but I think the catholic church is 100% right about the birth control pill. Divorce too.

Using the birth control pill is saying to God “I know better than you, I will turn off your perfect system of creation when I please”

It’s wrong to think these things are “permitted” outside of the catholic church.

3 posted on 05/29/2010 5:15:24 AM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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"I am a protestant, but I think the catholic church is 100% right about the birth control pill."

It really is a Natural Law issue rather that a Catholic one. Until the 1930s Protestants rejected contraception.

"Prior to the 20th century, contraception was generally condemned by all the major branches of Christianity (the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism) [1] including the major reformers like Martin Luther and John Calvin.[2] However, among Christian denominations today there are a large variety of positions towards contraception." Wikpedia

4 posted on 05/29/2010 5:30:40 AM PDT by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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So true...

When ever people look to themselves first they become selfish...this is not a Catholic or Protestant issue but a human issue and how we relate to God our Creator. It appears from the original post that the author understood this. May God awaken us from our self induced slumber and selfishness.

5 posted on 05/29/2010 8:01:40 PM PDT by WorldviewDad (following God instead of culture)
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To: GonzoII

Placemark for tomorrow pingout.

6 posted on 05/29/2010 9:15:05 PM PDT by little jeremiah
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Spot on.

7 posted on 06/01/2010 7:17:05 PM PDT by annie laurie (All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost)
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