5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT POPE PAUL VI’S LETTER, HUMANAE VITAE
1. Humanae Vitae is the controversial papal letter written 32 years ago (in 1968), on the Regulation of Births, but it is still relevant today.
2. It didn’t target EVERYONE using contraception, but addresses MARRIED couples who wanted to know what the Church stand was on contraception.
3. It was controversial because people even within the Church, expected the Church to reverse its stand on contraception, making it acceptable for married couples. Yet, it maintained the longstanding tradition of contraception as an attack against the unitive and procreative (bonding and babies) two-fold purpose of sex.
4. Humanae Vitae #17 prophetically said (32 years ago!) that if contraception was made widely available… (1) it would lead to conjugal infidelity and a widespread decrease in morality; (2) man would ultimately lose respect for women, and objectify and instrumentalize them; and (3) governments could use it impose control without considering the morality of their actions. (If lawful for couples, lawful for everyone!)
5. Humanae Vitae is NOT just about contraception but about God’s loving plan of marriage, responsible parenthood and chastity.