The Priest is Irreplaceable in Preaching the Gospel of Life

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / July 5, 2018 /

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…

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

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / July 2, 2018 /
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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…

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

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / June 25, 2018 /
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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…

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

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / June 18, 2018 /
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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…

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Blessed Pope Paul VI: Where Peace Comes From

By Don DeMarco, PhD / June 14, 2018 /
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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,…

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Humanae Vitae’s First Prophesy – The Beauty of Marriage

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / June 11, 2018 /
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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 no…

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Humanae Vitae: Countering Sexual Revolution’s Harm

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / May 21, 2018 /

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…

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Contraception and Challenges of False Compassion

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / February 12, 2018 /

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…

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HLI Congress Held as Humanae Vitae Nears Half Century

By HLI Staff / November 13, 2017 /
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Humanae Vitae Turns 50 in 2018 “The unchangeable teaching of the Church is under unprecedented attack today.” – John Smeaton (SPUC) Starting with the entire assembly singing Veni Creator Spiritus, the “Voice of the Family” (VOF) coalition opened its October 28th symposium at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas, the Angelicum, in Rome. Co-sponsored by Human…

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Humanae Vitae was prophetic…and right!

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / July 22, 2017 /
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Is the Church going to “revisit” its teachings against artificial contraception? That’s what Melinda Gates – wife of Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates – hopes. In a recent interview with the BBC, Gates said she is “optimistic” that Pope Francis and the Vatican might do just that. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is…

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