Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Monday, June 18, 2018
Spirit & Life: The Second Prophesy of Humanae Vitae
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 party the world had yet seen: the sexual revolution.
Paul VI’s four “prophesies” about what would happen if contraception
became normalized – from an increase in marital infidelity to
totalitarian implementations of forced birth control by governments –
are certainly bleak. However, it is worth drawing attention to another
set of predictions contained in Humanae Vitae, ones that get far less attention than they deserve.
of married couples who opt for self-control and periodic continence,
rather than contraception, in order to plan their family, the pope wrote
that . . .