Humanae Vitae

Pope Francis celebrates Paul VI: ‘the Pope of modernity’

Pope Francis on Sunday remembered Pope Paul VI forty years from his death which took place on 6 August 1978. Greeting the pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis turned his thoughts to a Pope he is preparing to canonize. “Forty years ago Blessed Pope Paul VI – the Pope of [...]

Letter #21, 2017: Is Pleasure Supreme?

May 17, 2017, Wednesday Is Pope Francis planning to re-examine the Church's teaching on contraception? Rumors have been circulating in Rome for several days, since a May 11 blog post by veteran Italian Vaticanist Marco Tosatti, that Francis is seriously considering setting up a commission to study Humanae Vitae, the 1968 papal document of Pope Paul [...]

Amoris Laetitia Is “Totally Consistent” with Past Teachings

“Does the Pope say the divorced and civilly remarried may now be readmitted to Holy Communion? No.” The Bishop of Portsmouth, England, Philip Egan, has described the Pope’s exhortation Amoris Laetitia as a “magnificent” document, “breathtaking in scope,” and has urged everyone, “clergy and people,” to read and study it. Below we reprint excerpts from his [...]

Paul VI and Catholic social thought

Famous for Humanae Vitae, Paul VI left us a central work for Catholic social teaching.  Pope Paul VI. Paul VI is most remembered today for his important, and controversial, encyclical on the regulation of birth—Humanae Vitae—where he reaffirmed the Church’s teaching on the immorality of contraception. Yet this is clearly not his only legacy [...]

Francis will not be a prisoner to public opinion, analyst says

Pope Francis greets newylweds in St. Peter’s Square at his general audienceon June 6, 2013. Italian Vatican observer Sandro Magister has said that Pope Francis’ “formidable praise” for Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae is key to understanding his papacy’s alternating emphases of both clear doctrine and pastoral mercy. Magister, writing in his May 1 column at the [...]

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