Humanae Vitae 31: A Great Work

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

With this post, we wrap up this momentous document. Whether in adherence or dissent, few would deny it was a significant moment for the Catholic Church. It continues to have a significant impact to this day.

Read the final paragraph, and then add your last say after this sainted pope’s last words and blessing:

31. Venerable brothers, beloved sons, all (people) of good will, great indeed is the work of education, of progress and of charity to which We now summon all of you. And this We do relying on the unshakable teaching of the Church, which teaching Peter’s successor together with his brothers in the Catholic episcopate faithfully guards and interprets. And We are convinced that this truly great work will bring blessings both on the world and on the Church. For (people) cannot attain that true happiness for which (they) yearn with all the strength of (their) spirit, unless (they) keep the laws which the Most High God has engraved in his very nature. These laws must be wisely and lovingly observed. On this great work, on all of you and especially on married couples, We implore from the God of all holiness and pity an abundance of heavenly grace as a pledge of which We gladly bestow Our apostolic blessing.

Given at St. Peter’s, Rome, on the 25th day of July, the feast of St. James the Apostle, in the year 1968, the sixth of Our pontificate. PAUL VI

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