Humanae Vitae

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Don’t Be Fooled!

Sadly and scandalously, some Church leaders – for what some mistakenly call “pastoral reasons” – are basically calling for a return to “situation ethics,” a form of relativism that has been thoroughly debunked in Catholic moral theology. According to situation ethics, the situation determines the morality or an action, as [...]

Declaring Planned Parenthood an Enemy of the Church

Millions of Catholics, and many millions more who admire her teaching and social outreach, still think that Planned Parenthood, the most corrupt of organizations, is basically focused on women’s health, and only has slight disagreements with the Church. What separates Planned Parenthood and the Church isn’t a matter of mere [...]

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Contraception: The Gateway to Moral Decay

Based on the findings of a recent Gallup poll released on May 30, Americans are becoming more accepting of a number of controversial issues. At the top of Gallup’s list of 19 issues was contraception, of which 90 percent of Americans approve, followed by divorce at 69 percent and premarital [...]

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Paul VI Spoke the Truth About Contraception and Marriage

On May 10 the Vatican announced that Pope Francis will beatify his predecessor, Pope Paul VI, this October at the conclusion of the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family. The miracle that the Medical Commission of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved [...]

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An Introduction to Church Teaching on Contraception

This resource is available as an eight-page booklet that can be ordered from our online store. Order copies here. Most Catholics reject the teaching of the Catholic Church on contraception not because they’ve carefully considered it, but because they’ve never had to do so. When someone hears that the Catholic [...]

Contraception vs. NFP – HLI Educational Series

Every married couple has the responsibility to prayerfully practice what the Catholic Church calls “responsible parenthood,” as it pertains to the number and spacing of children. Spouses are to exercise this responsibility with generosity in receiving the gift of life, and with prudence, while avoiding selfishness and carelessness. Although children [...]

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 [...]

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Dissent Against Humanae Vitae Lacks Charity and Truth

Today we continue our reflections on how as people of true Christian hope we must have the courage to look honestly at the root of the corruption that we see around us and try to understand it so that we may respond accordingly. We must unite in charity and in [...]

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Uniting in Truth: The Teachings of Humanae Vitae

Fr. Paul Marx with Pope St. John Paul II I have written in previous weeks about the importance of living our lives with authentic hope -- hope that is focused on our true end with Christ, and which thus transforms our outlook and helps us see beyond the [...]