October 14, 2018

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101418)

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Positivity: Humanae vitae is prophetic ‘blueprint’ for society, bishop says

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Lincoln, Nebraska:

Oct 11, 2018 / 04:30 pm

The message of Humanae vitae is “good news” and a guide for rebuilding family and society Bishop James Wall of Gallup, New Mexico, has said. He made the remarks during a talk on the famous encyclical and the legacy of Pope Paul VI.

Humanae vitae presents a “blueprint” for a happy marriage, the bishop told listeners, and that ignoring it had led to the breakdown of the family seen in recent decades. Wall said the Church could not be silent about the lessons of the last fifty years, and what the Church had to teach about them.

“When we speak about human life, it means it’s addressed to everyone,” he said.

Wall delivered his talk, entitled Humanae vitae and the Wisdom of Pope Paul VI, Oct. 3 as part of an ongoing series organized by the Diocese of Lincoln.

“A society where contraceptive mentality is the norm, we know, is not a society based on love,” Wall said. “And we know that that will eventually implode on itself, because we know that that is a selfish society.”

Humanae vitae was promulgated July 25, 1968, by Blessed Pope Paul VI, who will be canonized in Rome Oct. 14.

The landmark encyclical was a central part of the Church’s response to the cultural changes in the West during the 1960s, and particularly the widespread liberalization of sexual mores. While it presented the Church’s consistent ethic of life and human sexuality, it has become most closely associated with its affirmation of the Church’s teaching against the use of artificial contraception.

Wall noted the many symptoms of cultural decline which had been foreseen by Pope Paul, including large increases in cohabitation, divorce, and infidelity, and underscored the fundamental damage done to relations between men and women over the last fifty years. …

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