Backing 'Humanae vitae' a prime goal for bishops' synod

Backing ‘Humanae vitae’ a prime goal for bishops’ synod

Vatican City, Oct 9, 2014 / 01:03 pm (EWTN News)

With Paul VI due to be beatified at the end of the Synod on the Family, his teaching on the regulation of birth in Humanae vitae has been re-launched by the synod fathers, presenting the teachings in a positive way.

Paul VI issued his final encyclical in 1968, after a commission of theologians and experts spent four years meeting to study in-depth whether the Church could be oen to the contraceptive pill other articifical forms of birth control.

Though the opinions collected were generally favorable to an opening of Catholic moral teaching to contraception, Paul VI reaffirmed that sexual relations cannot be detached from fecundity.

The decision opened a season of disputes against Paul VI’s pontificate, coming from both inside and outside the Church.

I certainly hope that the Synod will once again present the teaching of Humanae Vitae as a positive teaching for the Church. It was, after all, extended neglect of this teaching, which led directly to a great many of the social problems which this Synod is now gathered to discuss.

Sadly, It actually seems to be going the other direction.

Would be interesting to know if John Allen shared that same perspective.

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