My wife is teaching a brief (six-week) online intro to church history for a master’s program in youth ministry run by a Methodist college. It’s a small class, with six or seven students, all Protestants and several of them quite anti-Catholic. As part of her coverage of modern Christianity, she had them read a portion of Humanae Vitae and got an extremely positive response. Each week she asks them to name one figure from that particular part of church history whom they particularly admire (the week they did the Reformation I think everyone named Luther!), and this week two of the students (i.e., a third of the class!) named Paul VI, solely because of *Humanae Vitae. *They thought that the message of the encyclical about the purpose of sexuality was badly needed by Protestant young people.
I just thought I’d share this as good news on the ecumenical front!