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[Cath Cauc] Pastoral Letter on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Encyclical Humanae Vitae
One Peter Five ^ | May 13, 2018 | Maike HIckson

Posted on 05/13/2018 2:03:06 PM PDT by ebb tide

Today, on the Fest of Our Lady of Fatima, the Bishops and Ordinaries of Kazakhstan issued a Pastoral Letter concerning the continued relevance of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae concerning matters of life. With this letter, the authors wish to confirm “the teaching of the constant Magisterium of the Church regarding the transmission of human life,” which they discussed during a recent meeting in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The signatories — among them Bishop Athanasius Schneider — affirm “that each and every marital act must of necessity retain its intrinsic relationship to the procreation of human life.” With reference to different papal statements, the prelates point out that, with God’s help, it is possible to live out the generosity toward new life as wished by God Himself.

Additionally, the signatories of this Pastoral Letter remind us that the teaching as it is found in Humanae Vitae “reasserts the continuity of the Church’s doctrine and tradition” and thus “was inspired by the immutable teaching of the Bible and the Gospel.” “The truth expressed in Humanae Vitae does not change.” These words seem to aim at recent attempts to declare the teaching of Humanae Vitae as not being infallible. The Pastoral Letter also repeatedly points to the fact that the Church’s teaching on matters of life is based on the Natural Law.

Finally, the Pastoral Letter stresses — based once more on papal statements — the beauty of large families and invokes the Blessed Mother’s protection, asking her to “comfort the sufferings and dry the tears of those in distress because of the difficulties of their families.”

This re-affirmation of the Church’s teaching regarding the transmission of human life comes at a time where we have Catholic priests — like Father Maurizio Chiodi, a newly appointed member of the Pontifical Academy for Life — proclaiming that, at times, there are “circumstances — I refer to Amoris Laetitia, Chapter 8 — that precisely for the sake of responsibility, require contraception.” Since May of 2017, there are reports coming out of Rome that there are plans to re-interpret Humanae Vitae.

It is in this context, that the upcoming conference in Rome as organized by the John Paul II Academy for Human Life and the Family will discuss the importance of the transmission of life.

In the following, we present the Pastoral letter in its entirety.


Pastoral letter on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the encyclical Humanae vitae

Praised be Our Lord Jesus Christ! Dear brothers and sisters in Christ! The current year is marked by the memorable event of the 50th anniversary of the encyclical Humanae vitae, in which Blessed Paul VI confirmed the teaching of the constant Magisterium of the Church regarding the transmission of human life. The Bishops and Ordinaries of Kazakhstan want to take this favorable occasion in order to honor the memory and the enduring importance of this encyclical.

During the last meeting of all our priests and religious sisters in Almaty, there were thorough discussions on the theme of the preparation of young people to the sacrament of marriage. There was made the proposal to transmit to young people the main truths of the Magisterium of the Church with regard to the Christian marriage and the sanctity of human life from the moment of its conception.

We proclaim with the voice of the Magisterium of the Church as we can learn it in the encyclical Humanae vitae and in the documents of other Roman Pontiffs the following demanding truths of Christ’s “sweet yoke and light burden” (Math. 11:30):

The entire human history gave sufficient evidence for the fact that a true progress of society depends to a large extent on large families. This fact applies all the more to the life of the Church. Pope Francis reminds us of this truth: “It is a consolation and hope to see so many large families that welcome children as a true gift from God. They know that every child is a blessing” (Pope Francis, General Audience, January 21, 2015).

May the following words of Saint John Paul II, the pope of the family, by a light, a strength, a consolation and a joyful courage to all Christian couples and to the young men and young women, who prepare themselves for the life of a Christian marriage and family.

“We have the distinctive confirmation that the path of holiness lived together as a couple is possible, beautiful, extraordinarily fruitful, and fundamental for the good of the family, the Church and society. This prompts us to pray the Lord that there be many more married couples who can reveal in the holiness of their lives, the “great mystery” of spousal love, which originates in creation and is fulfilled in the union of Christ with his Church (cf. Eph. 5:22-33). Like every path of holiness, yours too, dear married couples, is not easy. We know how many families in these cases are tempted to discouragement. I am particularly referring to those who are going through the sad event of separation; I am thinking of those who must face illness and those who are suffering the premature death of their spouse or of a child. In these situations, one can bear a great witness to fidelity in love, which is purified by having to pass through the crucible of suffering. Dear married couples, do not be overcome by hardship:  the grace of the Sacrament supports you and helps you constantly to raise your arms to heaven, like Moses. At the same time, I ask all families to hold up the arms of the Church, so that she may never fail in her mission of interceding, consoling, guiding and encouraging” (Homily in the Holy Mass of the Beatification of the couple Luigi Beltrame Quattrocchi and Maria Corsini, October 21, 2001).

“May the Virgin Mary, who is the Mother of the Church, also be the Mother of “the Church of the home.” Thanks to her motherly aid, may each Christian family really become a “little Church” in which the mystery of the Church of Christ is mirrored and given new life. May she, the Handmaid of the Lord, be an example of humble and generous acceptance of the will of God. May she, the Sorrowful Mother at the foot of the Cross, comfort the sufferings and dry the tears of those in distress because of the difficulties of their families. May Christ the Lord, the Universal King, the King of Families, be present in every Christian home as He was at Cana, bestowing light, joy, serenity and strength” (Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris consortio, 86).

Astana, May 13th 2018, Memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima

Your Bishops and Ordinaries:

+ Jose Luis Mumbiela Sierra, Bishop of the diocese of Most Holy Trinity in Almaty and President of the Conference of the Catholic Bishops of Kazakhstan

+ Tomash Peta, Metropolitan Archbishop of the archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana

+ Adelio Dell’Oro, Bishop of Karaganda

+ Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana

Very Reverend Father Dariusz Buras, Apostolic Administrator of Atyrau

Very Reverend Mitred Archpriest Vasyl Hovera, Delegate of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches for the Greek-Catholic faithful in Kazakhstan and Central Asia

TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Moral Issues
KEYWORDS: contraception; francischurch; heresy
Meanwhile back at Bergoglio's ranch in Rome:

“Reconsidering” Humanae Vitae

1 posted on 05/13/2018 2:03:06 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: ebb tide
Humanae Vitae was an act of courage and a proof of the importance of "Habemus Papam."

Pray that God gives us a Catholic pope.

2 posted on 05/13/2018 2:35:26 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Stone cold sober, as a matter of fact.)
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To: ebb tide

So much wisdom came from JPII.

My favorite quote is when he said, "The best thing a man can do for his children is to love their mother."

3 posted on 05/13/2018 6:36:11 PM PDT by Slyfox (Not my circus, not my monkeys)
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To: ebb tide

“The pill” as it’s now manufactured functions very frequently as an abortifacent, not “contraception.” Do these old guys in the Vatican really understand the various and numerous methods under the title “birth control”? Lots of killing is going on at tiny levels. Also, why are these guys so eager to endorse pharmaceuticals that we have discovered harm women’s health and the planet with mega-hormones? This requires knowledge of science and medicine, not just lofty but vague morals, eh?

4 posted on 05/13/2018 7:12:31 PM PDT by Marchmain (rigid neopelagian)
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