The Challenges of Natural Family Planning Lead to Virtue

“[U]sing the natural [family planning] methods requires and strengthens the harmony of the married couple, it helps and confirms the rediscovery of the marvelous gift of parenthood, it involves respect for nature and demands the responsibility of the individuals. According to many authoritative opinions, they also foster more completely that human ecology which is the . . . Read more

The Priest is Irreplaceable in Preaching the Gospel of Life

Perhaps no other encyclical in the history of the Church has received so much ridicule and caused such controversy as Humanae Vitae. Even today, 50 years later, it still evokes heated discussions and debates, often from people (including some priests) who have never read the document. Yet when encouraged to read the encyclical, one quickly . . . Read more

The Fourth Prophesy of “Humanae Vitae:” When Self-Mastery is Rejected

Note: Father Boquet’s series in all parts may be accessed here. “Birth Control is a name given to a succession of different expedients by which it is possible to filch the pleasure belonging to a natural process while violently and unnaturally thwarting the process itself.” — G.K. Chesterton “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether . . . Read more

The Third Prophesy of “Humanae Vitae:” The Collapse of Respectful Relationships

Note: Father Boquet’s series in all parts may be accessed here. Ruining Respectful Relationships Between the Sexes  “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the Church… Even so husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no man ever hates his own flesh, but nourishes and . . . Read more

The Second Prophesy of Humanae Vitae: A “General Lowering of Moral Standards”

Note: Father Boquet’s series in all parts may be accessed here. “Contraception Leads to Falsification, Deception…” Released in 1968, at the height of the hippie revolution with its optimistic doctrines of “free love” and emancipation from tradition and authority, Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae was widely dismissed as the proverbial killjoy at the greatest . . . Read more

Blessed Pope Paul VI: Where Peace Comes From

Pope Paul VI Countering the World Blessed Pope Paul VI, who reigned as the Supreme Pontiff from 1963 to 1978, is closely associated with a single document, Humanae Vitae. This unfortunate reduction prevents many from realizing his entire contribution to life as a whole. For instance, in an official message given on January 1, 1977, . . . Read more

Humanae Vitae’s First Prophesy – The Beauty of Marriage

Note: Father Boquet’s series in all parts may be accessed here. Pope Paul VI Re-Affirms Church Teaching on Inherent Dignity of Marriage   “False teachers, many belonging to an intellectual elite in the worlds of science, culture and the media, present an anti-gospel…When you ask them, “What must I do?” their only certainty is that there is . . . Read more

Humanae Vitae: Countering Sexual Revolution’s Harm

The Truth About Love and Sexuality It is said that Saint Paul VI was so heartbroken by the outpouring of dissent to Humanae Vitae, he couldn’t bear to write another encyclical in the final decade of his pontificate. Certainly, one can feel the pope’s anguish in this homily, given just months before he died – already . . . Read more

This Week’s “The Good Fight” Features Fr. Shenan Boquet

Don’t miss it! HLI’s Fr. Shenan J. Boquet appearance on “The Good Fight” radio show, hosted by Barbara McGuigan, has now been posted online. Check them out at EWTN Global Catholic Radio here and Ave Maria here. The program originally aired on EWTN Radio, was simulcast on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 130, and on Ave Maria . . . Read more

Contraception and Challenges of False Compassion

Troubling rumors have been swirling around Rome for months now about an alleged papal commission tasked with undertaking an “historical review” of Saint Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae. Despite initial denials about the existence of the commission, it appears that a Vatican official has just confirmed that there is, in fact, such a commission . . . Read more