Humanae Vitae 23b: Seeking True Solutions

sperm and eggHumanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana.

Pope Paul acknowledged that leaders in government do have difficulties in addressing the common good. I suspect that approach is even more difficult today with the rise of multinational interests, and the way large-scale business and corporate culture has expanded influence in governments around the world. Saint John XXIII is cited …

We are fully aware of the difficulties confronting the public authorities in this matter, especially in the developing countries. In fact, We had in mind the justifiable anxieties which weigh upon them when We published Our encyclical letter Populorum Progressio. But now We join Our voice to that of Our predecessor John XXIII of venerable memory, and We make Our own his words: “No statement of the problem and no solution to it is acceptable which does violence to essential (human) dignity; those who propose such solutions base them on an utterly materialistic conception of (people themselves) and (their lives). The only possible solution to this question is one which envisages the social and economic progress both of individuals and of the whole of human society, and which respects and promotes true human values.” (Mater et Magistra: AAS 53 (1961), 447 [TPS VII, 331].)

Don’t blame God when leaders screw up:

No one can, without being grossly unfair, make divine Providence responsible for what clearly seems to be the result of misguided governmental policies, of an insufficient sense of social justice, of a selfish accumulation of material goods, and finally of a culpable failure to undertake those initiatives and responsibilities which would raise the standard of living of peoples and their children. (See Populorum progressio 48-55) If only all governments which were able would do what some are already doing so nobly, and bestir themselves to renew their efforts and their undertakings! There must be no relaxation in the programs of mutual aid between all the branches of the great human family. Here We believe an almost limitless field lies open for the activities of the great international institutions.

Unfortunately, that limitless field is today more concerned with the enrichment of the oligarchs and not the common good. But that is perhaps a topic for another pope and another post. Suffice it to say that many secular policies associated with people who more or less proudly wear a pro-life mantle do not really support what Pope Paul discusses here.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Humanae Vitae 23b: Seeking True Solutions

  1. Jim McCrea says:

    Be sure and read this lengthy presentation at Commonweal magazine:
    Contraception & Honesty; A Proposal for the Next Synod
    Peter Steinfels May 14, 2015

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