Posts Tagged ‘artificial contraception’

50 year old encyclical lets cat out of the bag Comments 0

Monday, August 13th, 2018
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It was July 29, 1968. The world seemed to be in turmoil. The Paris student riots had happened a month before. I was an army chaplain at Puckapunyal preparing conscripts for Vietnam and, at the same time, an undergraduate at Melbourne University where the Vietnam War was taboo. Those two worlds were a universe apart. Read more

Humanae Vitae and the Sensus Fidelium Comments 0

Thursday, July 26th, 2018
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Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae was publicly released on Monday, July 29, 1968. It reiterated the condemnation of artificial contraception for spouses. Many in the Catholic world had been hoping for a change in the papal teaching based on the newer approaches of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) and the call to change the Read more

Artificial contraception ban challenged Comments 0

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Artificial contraception and the Catholic church’s ban on it is the subject of  a statement challenging the church’s  ruling. Ireland’s former president, Mary McAleese,  is among more than 100 international Catholic academics who have signed a ‘Scholars’ Statement’ challenging the church’s stance. Prepared by independent think tank the Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research, it will Read more

Encyclical on contraception was difficult for me – Benedict XVI Comments 1

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has revealed that while he agreed with the conclusion Pope Paul VI drew in his encyclical letter (Humanae Vitae) on artificial contraception, he struggled with the reasoning Pope Paul used to arrive at his conclusion. “In the situation I was then in, and in the context of theological thinking in which Read more