Humanae Vitae Explained

In this 2001 presentation, Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro-Carambula, executive director of HLI’s Rome office, explains that the Church has always taught that contraception is a sin. Some claims arose starting in the early 1960s that this teaching was in question, but this has never been the case. The climate of the times within the Church and in secular society, which has been dominated by humanist philosophy, influenced this ambiguous understanding. Msgr. Barreiro discusses the history of contraception and how society began to accept this previously objectionable practice. He also analyzes the controversy that surrounded the introduction of Humanae Vitae and the erroneous arguments used by its dissenters.

Running time 66:59.

Ordained in 1987, Msgr. Barreiro received his licentiate and doctoral degree in Systematic Theology from the University of the Holy Cross, in Rome, Italy. He also held a law degree from the Law School in Montevideo and served the Uruguayan Foreign Service and the delegation of Uruguay to the United Nations.

In 1998 Monsignor Barreiro became Executive Director of HLI's office in Rome, and was interim President of HLI from 2010 to 2011. He was appointed a Chaplain of His Holiness in 2004. In his lifetime, he published hundreds of articles on theology, life issues, and historical subjects in popular and scholarly publications in the U.S., England, Italy, France, and Spain.

Msgr. Barreiro departed this life on Holy Thursday, April 13, 2017. Requiescat in pace, amen.


  1. dpiroch on July 5, 2018 at 3:45 PM

    Sorry for the delay in response! I looked at our store link but do not see it: We will look into whether we can re-issue this talk, given the anniversary this year! Many thanks.

  2. Heather W. Morgan on February 6, 2018 at 10:59 PM

    I am not sure how to access this and other audio files…is there a store to purchase or a link>

  3. Joseph on February 20, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    This is very interesting. Please how can a get a copy in my home country? Thanks

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