In my third Chapter I wrote, concerning Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae:
Pope Paul VI wrote of four evils that would result from a disobedience to Church teaching set down in his encyclical:
- That widespread contraceptive practice would lead to “conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality.”
- Men… would “lose respect” for women and no longer care for their physical and psychological enjoyment.
- The contraceptive mentality would “place a dangerous weapon…in the hands of those public authorities who take no heed of moral exigencies.”
- Contraception would lead humans into thinking they have unrestricted authority over their bodies.
It is easy to show from the historical record that the Holy Spirit had guided the heart and mind of Paul VI to see clearly the consequences of the intrinsic evil of contraception. Jesus, “the Way, the Truth, and the Life,” teaches that the truth sets us free. Pope Paul VI was the Lord’s herald in Humanae Vitae, and so understanding and assimilating its teaching is the key to human freedom in our sexually befuddled world.
The fulfillment of Pope Paul’s predictions has been recounted in numerous theological studies. All show convincingly the negative fruits in the areas of abortion, divorce, family disintegration, wife and child abuse, STDs and illegitimate births. These studies also show the dehumanization of women as males were released from accountability for their sexual aggression. And, as pro-life Catholics know all too well, population control is part and parcel of current United Nations policy debates vis-à-vis developing nations. Finally, the studies also reveal in vitro fertilization, cloning, genetic engineering and embryonic stem cell research for what they are: the fruits of the contraceptive mentality. I avidly recommend these studies to the reader, for I have found no shortage of Catholics intellectually dishonest in spouting off on our topic not having read these studies in light of Humanae Vitae and the tradition of the Church. At the very least, the Church which Jesus established, in teaching that contraception is “shameful and intrinsically vicious,” stands with Him as a “sign of contradiction” in our present culture’s moral climate.
July 25th marked the 40th anniversary of one of the most controversial papal documents in history: Humanae Vitae, which reaffirmed the traditional Christian teaching on the immorality of contraception. Here I include, in honor of this prophetic encyclical Christopher West's reflections. Read, and join the group that is having the best sex: Heterosexual married couples living chastity!