Humanae Vitae at 45 Years (Part 5 of 5) (Dissenters and Living Martyrs)

This is a series of articles on the blog of the Couple to Couple League that are worth reposting here.  You can find the originals at www.artofnfp.org.

Humanae Vitae (On Human Life) 45 Years Later: Is it still relevant?

Part 5 of 5: Dissenters and Living Martyrs

(Part 1 of 5 is here) (Part 2 of 5 is here) (Part 3 of 5 is here) (Part 4 of 5 is here)

Bob & Gerri Laird

History is worth repeating. On the 25th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae, a story[5] of the courage and humility of Archbishop J. Francis Stafford described the surrounding days, weeks, months, and years after Humanae Vitae. On the 40th Anniversary, Cardinal Stafford updated the original story[6]. It is obvious that dissenters are still among us. Contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs are the norm among large elements of the clergy and laity within the Catholic Church, and religious freedom can no longer be taken for granted. On this 45th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae, it is worthwhile to re-consider the impact of the dissenters and the charitable response by today’s living martyrs.

Humanae Vitae was issued on July 25, 1968, and on July 30th, rebellious clergy had gathered over 200 signatures from prominent theologians and Catholics on a petition of dissent that was published in the New York Times. It was a “pivotal day in the history of the Catholic Church in the United States.” Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae at 45 Years

The 45th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae provides an opportunity for assessment and reflection on the past and the present. On the past, by looking back at the document itself and using the words of other great thinkers to frame the impact of the document over these past 45 years. On the present, by looking at the current situation in the United States and seeing Humanae Vitae as a prophecy fulfilled. What follows below is a series of 5 short articles on the relevance of Humanae Vitae 45 years later. They have been posted daily on the blog of the Couple to Couple League.  You can find the originals at www.artofnfp.org.

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Humanae Vitae at 45 Years (Part 1 of 5)

This is a series of articles on the blog of the Couple to Couple League that are worth reposting here.  You can find the originals at www.artofnfp.org.

Humanae Vitae (On Human Life) 45 Years Later: Is it still relevant?

Part 1 of 5: The Setting

Bob & Gerri Laird

What is Humanae Vitae (HV)?

 Humanae Vitae is the encyclical letter by His Holiness Pope Paul VI on the regulation of birth. It was issued on July 25, 1968. Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae at 45 Years (Part 2 of 5)

This is a series of articles on the blog of the Couple to Couple League that are worth reposting here.  You can find the originals at www.artofnfp.org.

Humanae Vitae (On Human Life) 45 Years Later: Is it still relevant?

Part 2 of 5: Prophecies Fulfilled

(Part 1 of 5 can be found here)

Bob & Gerri Laird

Why is HV significant today?

Humanae Vitae was prophetic. Pope Paul VI predicted grave consequences if methods of artificial birth control were accepted, and his predictions ring true today: Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae at 45 Years (Part 3 of 5)

This is a series of articles on the blog of the Couple to Couple League that are worth reposting here.  You can find the originals at www.artofnfp.org.

Humanae Vitae (On Human Life) 45 Years Later: Is it still relevant?

Part 3 of 5: Humanae Vitae in 21st Century Language

(Part 1 of 5 is here)

(Part 2 of 5 is here)

Bob & Gerri Laird

In his writings and talks, Blessed John Paul II gave us a new formulation for the Church’s teaching on human sexuality, a way that speaks to a world that accepts behaviors that are degrading to our dignity as human persons. He begins with the human person and how we are unique: persons with bodies, made in the image and likeness of God specifically so that there would be a visible expression of personhood in the world. 

The late Rev. Richard M. Hogan explained: “But if we are made in God’s image and likeness, then the body does more than reveal ourselves. It also reveals God when we act as God acts, and express those acts outwardly in and through our bodies. In this case, the body becomes a physical image of God Himself.  The body then has a dignity and value in its own right.”[1] Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae at 45 Years (Part 4 or 5)

This is a series of articles on the blog of the Couple to Couple League that are worth reposting here.  You can find the originals at www.artofnfp.org.

Humanae Vitae (On Human Life) 45 Years Later: Is it still relevant?

Part 4 of 5: Natural Family Planning…a loving response

(Part 1 of 5 is here) (Part 2 of 5 is here) (Part 3 of 5 is here)

Bob & Gerri Laird

What is the role of Natural Family Planning (NFP) with regard to HV?

 Humanae Vitae encourages married couples to understand when they are fertile and infertile.

 “If, then, there are serious motives to space out births, which derive from the physical or psychological conditions of husband and wife, or from external conditions, the Church teaches that it is then licit to take into account the natural rhythms immanent in the generative functions, for the use of marriage in the infecund periods only, and in this way to regulate birth without offending the moral principles which have been recalled earlier.”[1]

Blessed John Paul II reiterated the importance of NFP and made it an apostolate, “a tool for all to use on the path to holiness.”[2] Continue reading

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Prayer and Fasting for Religious Liberty

The situation within our country is worsening: a more dramatic approach is needed to overcome the  utter disregard by the Obama administration of the religious liberty of individuals, businesses, religious institutions, and Church. Formerly, respect for the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution or the numerous laws of the land would suffice to guarantee religious freedom, but this administration denies the intrinsic right to follow one’s conscience Continue reading

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