Prophecies of Pope Paul VI in Humane Vitae have come true


#1

Pope Paul VI made four rather general “prophecies” about what would happen if the Church’s teaching on contraception were ignored.

Infidelity and moral decline

The Pope first noted that the widespread use of contraception would “lead to conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality.” That there has been a widespread decline in morality, especially sexual morality, in the last 25 years, is very difficult to deny. The increase in the number of divorces, abortion, our-of-wedlock pregnancies, and venereal diseases should convince any skeptic that sexual morality is not the strong suit of our age.

There is no question that contraception is behind much of this trouble. Contraception has made sexual activity a much more popular option that it was when the fear of pregnancy deterred a great number of young men and women from engaging in premarital sexual intercourse. The availability of contraception has led them to believe that they can engage in premarital sexual activity “responsibly.” But teenagers are about as responsible in their use of contraception as they are in all other phases of their lives–such as making their beds, cleaning their rooms and getting their homework done on time.

Lost Respect for Women

Paul VI also argued that “the man” will lose respect for “the woman” and “no longer (care) for her physical and psychological equilibrium” and will come to “the point of considering her as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment and no longer as his respected and beloved companion.” This concern reflects what has come to be known as a “personalist” understanding of morality. The personalist understanding of wrongdoing is based upon respect for the dignity of the human person. The Pope realized that the Church’s teaching on contraception is designed to protect the good of conjugal love. When spouses violate this good, they do not act in accord with their innate dignity and thus they endanger their own happiness. Treating their bodies as mechanical instruments to be manipulated for their own purposes, they risk treating each other as objects of pleasure.

Abuse of Power

Paul VI also observed that the widespread acceptance of contraception would place a “dangerous weapon… in the hands of those public authorities who take no heed of moral exigencies.” The history of the family-planning programs in the Third World is a sobering testimony to this reality. In Third World countries many people undergo sterilization unaware of what they are doing. The forced abortion program in China shows the stark extreme toward which governments will take population programs. Moreover, few people are willing to recognize the growing evidence that many parts of the world face not overpopulation, but underpopulation. It will take years to reverse the “anti-child” mentality now entrenched in many societies.

Unlimited Dominion

Pope Paul’s final warning was that contraception would lead man to think that he had unlimited dominion over his own body. Sterilization is now the most widely used form of contraception in the U.S.; individuals are so convinced of their rights to control their own bodies that they do not hesitate to alter even their own physical make-up.

The desire for unlimited dominion over one’s own body extends beyond contraception. The production of “test-tube babies” is another indication of the refusal to accept the body’s limitations; so too are euthanasia and the use of organs transplanted from those who are “nearly” dead. We seek to adjust the body to our desires and timetables, rather than adjusting ourselves to its needs.

*Where we are today
*

Food for Thought: Statistics from the Last 50 Years (since the "Contraceptive Mentality” Became a Dominant Force in American Culture)

80% of unmarried couples are now co-habiting

40% of all babies are now born to unwed mothers

85% of all married couples are using contraception methods

40% of those who have chosen contraception are now sterilized

50% of all marriages now end in divorce

25% of all babies are aborted


#2

Paul VI was exactly right. Since the widespread acceptance and use of contraception, all the ills about which he warned have come to pass.

We have increased infidelity. Sometimes it seems no one any longer even expects marital fidelity. The old "instruction before marriage" that used to be spoken by the priest to the couple before pronouncing the vows is no longer used. It's language of sacrificial love seems entirely foreign to the current era.

Divorce has risen. Applications for decrees of nullity have exploded, and most are granted.

Lack of respect for women is endemic. Many women no longer seem to expect respect; they expect to be sex objects and act and dress appropriately to that expectation.

Abuse of power by public authority over our moral life--e.g. the legalization of abortion and homosexual marriage.

Sterilization, contraception, giving condoms to kids, IVF babies, embryos destroyed for research, Heather has two mommies, the list can go on.

40% overall out of wedlock birth rate, 70% in minority communities.

Sometimes I hear people say that things have always been this bad. No, they have not.

Yes, Paul VI was spot on.

Looking back, I truly credit the Holy Spirit with giving him the courage to speak the truth. He did not seem to be a bold man, most of his advisors were against him, but the Holy Spirit protected him from error.


#3

St Augustine left for us a testimony on how the pagan religions corrupted human morality, and especially imbued sexual license and the denegration of the dignity of the human person. They used the theatre and the arts (most notably poetry and rhyme) specifically. These "ancient mysteries" of the mystic cults entertained and distracted the masses; they made crime look divine by ascribing crimes to gods, and degenerated man and god by associating humanity with the natural, animal realm (e.g., idols that were an unnatural combination of man and beast). Pop artists to this day often portray themselves in concert, in their music videos, and in their promotional art as being half-humman and half robot or animal, and this corresponds to an increase in "power"; i.e., signifies their being improved in strength or talent.

The glorification and glamourization of sex, mindless partying and dancing, violence and money by the entertainment industry leads young people down a road to self-destruction. The former Christian princes of Europe and even the ancient Romans of antiquity had laws forbidding the corruption of manners via the use of theatre or entertainment. In modern times, man has become so self-deluded as to proudly think himself immune to outside influences and forces; however, the widespread use of sexual and erotic marketing ploys, and the widespread success that has had, is proof enough that we are not as immune as we would like ourselves to believe. This "craft" of invoking man's ego (pride) and lust is reinforced with physchology and science.

Lawmakers ought to forbid public spectacles of debauchery. Secular or atheistic folks can be reasoned with on these grounds: that the abuse of free speech to advertise, glorify or otherwise encourage people -especially our young people- to engage in a lifestyle that is undoubtedly harmful to the welfare of the person has severe consequences on society and the state. These broken people are wont to become, as it were, either sheeps for the slaughter (broken people) or else worse, wolves themselves who feed on the weak and broken. This division is warlike and self-destructive. It imbues a dog-eat-dog mentality, and survival of the fittest; both fallacies do nothing good for anyone but only decrease domestic stability, productivity, health, and peace.

Censorship is for the public good when exercised appropriately. It is wrong when used to ban opposition or contrary ideas; however, the idiotic abuse of sexuality to sell products to people has nothing to do with ensuring the freedom of the people and state, which is the point and purpose of free speech. Stupidity does not constitute free speech, and when artists or entertainers are preying on man's vanity, sexuality, etc., in order to further themselves they are engaging in a most destructive and subversive act: they forsake the welfare of the people and common good in order to gain wealth, power or fame. It benefits no one, save themselves, and if the typical implosion most famous celebrities ultimately fall to is any indication, even the short-lived success they enjoy is ultimately their own doom, and the fallacious lifestyles and corrupt morality they imbibed into so many young minds leaves behind a multitude of little disciples who themselves are destined to a similar fate, a fate that only increases the burdens of the government either by increased demand for welfare, increase incarceration rates or increased need for powerful phychotropic drugs to dumb down the mind, elude depression, etc.

Hack at the root.

What we see are the symptons of the disease; not the actual cause. The glorification of immorality is the heart and root of this disease: it is this glorification that makes these fallacious and dangerous lifestyles seem acceptable and popular. This, of course, is a lie, and brazen lies, deceptions, etc., are not protected under the exercise of free speech.


#4

[quote="Advocatus_Fidei, post:1, topic:205688"]
Pope Paul VI made four rather general “prophecies” about what would happen if the Church’s teaching on contraception were ignored.

Infidelity and moral decline

The Pope first noted that the widespread use of contraception would “lead to conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality.” That there has been a widespread decline in morality, especially sexual morality, in the last 25 years, is very difficult to deny. The increase in the number of divorces, abortion, our-of-wedlock pregnancies, and venereal diseases should convince any skeptic that sexual morality is not the strong suit of our age.

There is no question that contraception is behind much of this trouble. Contraception has made sexual activity a much more popular option that it was when the fear of pregnancy deterred a great number of young men and women from engaging in premarital sexual intercourse. The availability of contraception has led them to believe that they can engage in premarital sexual activity “responsibly.” But teenagers are about as responsible in their use of contraception as they are in all other phases of their lives–such as making their beds, cleaning their rooms and getting their homework done on time.

Lost Respect for Women

Paul VI also argued that “the man” will lose respect for “the woman” and “no longer (care) for her physical and psychological equilibrium” and will come to “the point of considering her as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment and no longer as his respected and beloved companion.” This concern reflects what has come to be known as a “personalist” understanding of morality. The personalist understanding of wrongdoing is based upon respect for the dignity of the human person. The Pope realized that the Church’s teaching on contraception is designed to protect the good of conjugal love. When spouses violate this good, they do not act in accord with their innate dignity and thus they endanger their own happiness. Treating their bodies as mechanical instruments to be manipulated for their own purposes, they risk treating each other as objects of pleasure.

Abuse of Power

Paul VI also observed that the widespread acceptance of contraception would place a “dangerous weapon… in the hands of those public authorities who take no heed of moral exigencies.” The history of the family-planning programs in the Third World is a sobering testimony to this reality. In Third World countries many people undergo sterilization unaware of what they are doing. The forced abortion program in China shows the stark extreme toward which governments will take population programs. Moreover, few people are willing to recognize the growing evidence that many parts of the world face not overpopulation, but underpopulation. It will take years to reverse the “anti-child” mentality now entrenched in many societies.

Unlimited Dominion

Pope Paul’s final warning was that contraception would lead man to think that he had unlimited dominion over his own body. Sterilization is now the most widely used form of contraception in the U.S.; individuals are so convinced of their rights to control their own bodies that they do not hesitate to alter even their own physical make-up.

The desire for unlimited dominion over one’s own body extends beyond contraception. The production of “test-tube babies” is another indication of the refusal to accept the body’s limitations; so too are euthanasia and the use of organs transplanted from those who are “nearly” dead. We seek to adjust the body to our desires and timetables, rather than adjusting ourselves to its needs.

*Where we are today
*

Food for Thought: Statistics from the Last 50 Years (since the "Contraceptive Mentality” Became a Dominant Force in American Culture)

80% of unmarried couples are now co-habiting

40% of all babies are now born to unwed mothers

85% of all married couples are using contraception methods

40% of those who have chosen contraception are now sterilized

50% of all marriages now end in divorce

25% of all babies are aborted

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More evidence is the widespread use of pornography and how it is tearing couples of all religions apart. Another very sad indication of the "lowering of morality."
Pope Paul VI was a very wise man.


#5

Pay attention, Richard Dawkins! You keep saying there is no evidence for God, and yet here we have the Catholic Church predicting the outcome of contraception, and the prediction coming true. How did the Catholic Church know, if it didn't receive its wisdom from God? From the 1960s the rest of the world, including protestant "bible believers" accepted contraception as a good, and scoffed at the Catholic Church's position, yet the Catholic Church alone was right. How many other things will the church eventually be shown to have been right about all along?

Just recently I posted in the Divorce-is-Contagious thread that researchers had discovered what the Catholic Church taught in the 1993 Catechism of the Catholic Church, that divorce is contagious.


#6

[quote="Edmundus1581, post:5, topic:205688"]
Pay attention, Richard Dawkins! You keep saying there is no evidence for God, and yet here we have the Catholic Church predicting the outcome of contraception, and the prediction coming true. How did the Catholic Church know, if it didn't receive its wisdom from God? From the 1960s the rest of the world, including protestant "bible believers" accepted contraception as a good, and scoffed at the Catholic Church's position, yet the Catholic Church alone was right. How many other things will the church eventually be shown to have been right about all along?

Just recently I posted in the Divorce-is-Contagious thread that researchers had discovered what the Catholic Church taught in the 1993 Catechism of the Catholic Church, that divorce is contagious.

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Come on now, It's easy to see the agnostic/atheist counter to this. They will simply claim that our modern free societal structures no longer require the formalized and restrictive instrument of marriage. We have moved beyond those old tribalistic tools of cultural conformity.

You must remember that the other side has a master, though not supreme, intelligence working on their side.


#7

[quote="Nec5, post:6, topic:205688"]
Come on now, It's easy to see the agnostic/atheist counter to this. They will simply claim that our modern free societal structures no longer require the formalized and restrictive instrument of marriage. We have moved beyond those old tribalistic tools of cultural conformity.

You must remember that the other side has a master, though not supreme, intelligence working on their side.

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They would be saying, in other words, that what Christians view as (and is in reality) an exponential increase in moral decay, is exactly the way things should be! Paul VI was right, but this is the way we wanted it!


#8

I am so sad that Pope Paul VI was correct. :(


#9

[quote="Advocatus_Fidei, post:1, topic:205688"]
Pope Paul VI made four rather general “prophecies” about what would happen if the Church’s teaching on contraception were ignored.

Infidelity and moral decline

The Pope first noted that the widespread use of contraception would “lead to conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality.” That there has been a widespread decline in morality, especially sexual morality, in the last 25 years, is very difficult to deny. The increase in the number of divorces, abortion, our-of-wedlock pregnancies, and venereal diseases should convince any skeptic that sexual morality is not the strong suit of our age.

There is no question that contraception is behind much of this trouble. Contraception has made sexual activity a much more popular option that it was when the fear of pregnancy deterred a great number of young men and women from engaging in premarital sexual intercourse. The availability of contraception has led them to believe that they can engage in premarital sexual activity “responsibly.” But teenagers are about as responsible in their use of contraception as they are in all other phases of their lives–such as making their beds, cleaning their rooms and getting their homework done on time.

Lost Respect for Women

Paul VI also argued that “the man” will lose respect for “the woman” and “no longer (care) for her physical and psychological equilibrium” and will come to “the point of considering her as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment and no longer as his respected and beloved companion.” This concern reflects what has come to be known as a “personalist” understanding of morality. The personalist understanding of wrongdoing is based upon respect for the dignity of the human person. The Pope realized that the Church’s teaching on contraception is designed to protect the good of conjugal love. When spouses violate this good, they do not act in accord with their innate dignity and thus they endanger their own happiness. Treating their bodies as mechanical instruments to be manipulated for their own purposes, they risk treating each other as objects of pleasure.

Abuse of Power

Paul VI also observed that the widespread acceptance of contraception would place a “dangerous weapon… in the hands of those public authorities who take no heed of moral exigencies.” The history of the family-planning programs in the Third World is a sobering testimony to this reality. In Third World countries many people undergo sterilization unaware of what they are doing. The forced abortion program in China shows the stark extreme toward which governments will take population programs. Moreover, few people are willing to recognize the growing evidence that many parts of the world face not overpopulation, but underpopulation. It will take years to reverse the “anti-child” mentality now entrenched in many societies.

Unlimited Dominion

Pope Paul’s final warning was that contraception would lead man to think that he had unlimited dominion over his own body. Sterilization is now the most widely used form of contraception in the U.S.; individuals are so convinced of their rights to control their own bodies that they do not hesitate to alter even their own physical make-up.

The desire for unlimited dominion over one’s own body extends beyond contraception. The production of “test-tube babies” is another indication of the refusal to accept the body’s limitations; so too are euthanasia and the use of organs transplanted from those who are “nearly” dead. We seek to adjust the body to our desires and timetables, rather than adjusting ourselves to its needs.

*Where we are today
*

Food for Thought: Statistics from the Last 50 Years (since the "Contraceptive Mentality” Became a Dominant Force in American Culture)

80% of unmarried couples are now co-habiting

40% of all babies are now born to unwed mothers

85% of all married couples are using contraception methods

40% of those who have chosen contraception are now sterilized

50% of all marriages now end in divorce

25% of all babies are aborted

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This is so true, and it is getting worse!!! :( One thing is for sure, having a strong family life and having lots of children may help our society in the long run, since everyone else seems to not want to have children (except Muslims and mormons). Protect your children, teach them well. :(


#10

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