My wife and I were recently at a young adult’s group meeting and we were discussing Humanae Vite, and what the document means. Now, I was in the process of giving a synopsis of the encyclical when the priest stated that I was missing 1 important point of the document.
He said that in Humanae Vite Pope Paul IV stated that the document was not a full moral teaching and that the use of artificial contraception was up to the conscience of the couple.
Shocked at this, my wife and I went home and re-looked through both the Cathechism and Humanae Vite to find any trace of such a statement. The closest thing she and I could find to that statement was in section 6 of the first part of the document. However, it seems to us that it was referencing the previous section 5 in regards to the commission that was formed to discuss contraception. Later in section 6 it clearly states that this document (Humanae Vite) was seeking to answer the questions that came up in the commission.
Are we right in our understanding of the teaching that the Church is fully against artificial contraception, except in cases of medical necessity? (there is provision for that)