Category Archives: Humanae Vitae

Humanae Vitae 18: Concern of the Church

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Pope Paul is a realist; he knew HV would be very difficult for some people to accept. But his view … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 17b: Limits to Human Power

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. More testimony from Pope Pius XII in the 1950’s: Consequently, unless we are willing that the responsibility of procreating life … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 17a: Consequences of Artificial Methods

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Pope Paul outlines some worries in this section. We’ll split up concerns about possible consequences of artificial contraception into two … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 16: Recourse to Infertile Periods

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Previous discussion here (and elsewhere) has centered on the liceity of preventing conception in any circumstances. Is the Church inconsistent? … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 15: Lawful Therapeutic Means

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Strong words in the last few sections of HV, but if there is a pure medical reason for a procedure … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 14: Unlawful Birth Control Methods

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. This section summarizes those that preceded, and gives Church teaching on contraception and sterilization in strong terms: 14. Therefore We … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 13: Faithfulness to God’s Design

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. I think Pope Paul’s example here is awkward: 13. (People) rightly observe that a conjugal act imposed on one’s partner … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 12: Union and Procreation

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. For skeptics on HV 11, Pope Paul offers the argument in favor of marital sexual intercourse being both unitive and … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 11: Observing the Natural Law

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. This section will find the crux of the disappointment of many believers back in the 60’s. Still, it’s a good … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 10: Responsible Parenthood

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. If HV 9 seemed sound, if somewhat incomplete, some Catholics might find this section a bit more problematic. Let’s read … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 9: Married Love

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Another section with common sense and insight, and that goes beyond what passes for common knowledge these days and back … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 8: God’s Loving Design

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Pope Paul presents the Church’s basic teaching on marriage. 8. Married love particularly reveals its true nature and nobility when … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 7: Doctrinal Principles

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. The first principle is that human beings are not just biological entities. Any serious theology must be rooted in the … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 6: The Magisterium’s Reply

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Today we read of why Pope Paul VI set aside the conclusions of his commission: 6. However, the conclusions arrived … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 5: Special Studies

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. A bit of history in this section. The commission that was involved in these issues of the transmission of life … Continue reading

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