Skip to comments.The Prophecies of Humanae Vitae
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 VIs courageous rejection of sterilization and contraception as contravening Gods 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 wont allow us to get abortions, why wont 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 VIs 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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"Signs the culture has collpased" for a thousand, Alex.
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.
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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.