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The Prophecies of Humanae Vitae
Catholic Lane ^ | 7/30/12 | Steven W. Mosher

Posted on 08/06/2012 1:49:42 PM PDT by marshmallow

You may be forgiven for not knowing that July 25, was the 44th anniversary of encyclical Humanae Vitae.

Who, after all, is going to remind you? Not the secular media, which scoffs at the idea that men and women can practice self-control in matters of sex. No, they will not breathe a word about Pope Paul VI’s courageous rejection of sterilization and contraception as contravening “God’s loving design” for marriage and the Natural Law.

Nor will the day be feted within the Church. All too many bishops and priests pass over the issue of contraception in embarrassed silence, unwilling or unable to explain to those in the pew why, in the words of one of my former CCD students, “If the Church won’t allow us to get abortions, why won’t it at least allow us to contracept?” (I proceeded to tell her, educating both the other students and a couple of other teachers in the process.)

Yet Pope Paul VI’s beautiful, prophetic, and oh-so-countercultural encyclical leaves no doubt that the Pill and the sexual revolution that it sparked would divide spouses from one another, undermining both the unitive and the procreative functions of marriage.

While Humanae Vitae earned Pope Paul VI the enmity of the world and, sadly, of many Catholics, he also received the approbation of saints. The last letter that Padre Pio ever wrote — shortly before his own death on 23 September 1968 — was to the Pope.

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1 posted on 08/06/2012 1:49:44 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow
For the Day is coming when they shall say, "Blessed are the Sterile, the Womb that has never borne Fruit."


2 posted on 08/06/2012 2:06:24 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: marshmallow
in the words of one of my former CCD students, “If the Church won’t allow us to get abortions, why won’t it at least allow us to contracept?”

"Signs the culture has collpased" for a thousand, Alex.

3 posted on 08/06/2012 2:11:34 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (At what point does an escalated effort to remove this traitor commence, and what form does it take?)
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To: marshmallow

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4 posted on 08/06/2012 2:46:43 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: the invisib1e hand

CCD curricula must have changed more than once since I began teaching in the early 60s. At least you got the question!

But the answer’s impossible to convey these days. Neither the students, their parents, nor the priests understand Fr. Marx’s incredibly on-target points. Never mind that relativism allows them all to make the leap from a failed contraceptive to a “necessary” abortion. Talk about a slippery slope.


5 posted on 08/06/2012 3:34:33 PM PDT by Mach9
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To: marshmallow
 
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Pope Paul VI died on this day in 1978. He wrote the encyclical Humanae Vitae, outlining the dangers of not respecting life. His dire predictions of the harmful effects of disregard for life have proven true.

6 posted on 08/06/2012 4:25:17 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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7 posted on 08/07/2012 4:14:08 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Dies irae, dies illa...)
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