Sunday, July 27, 2014


On July 25 the Church celebrated the 46th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, the encyclical written by Pope Paul VI which re-affirmed the Church’s teaching against abortion and contraception and upheld the Church’s defense of the sanctity of marriage. Before anyone is tempted to quit reading due to a belief that no Catholic female in her right mind would not contracept after marriage, read this please! Humanae vitae is not very long, but it is prophetic, so if you haven’t read it,just do so!. The Church reminds us that for love to be real and truthful, it must be free, total, faithful, and fruitful (FTFF). 

Jesus is the faultless model of free, total, faithful, and fruitful love. At Calgary we see that Jesus gave up His life for us freely, a total gift of Himself in perfect fidelity to His Heavenly Father and to us. His death on the Cross was and is perfectly fruitful, because it redeems us from our sins and gains for us eternal life.
In Catholic teaching married life must be free, total, faithful, and fruitful. When it is, it is a perfect image of Christ’s love for us. SO-FTFF is the key to understanding why the Church teaches that contraception oppose God’s plan. When husband and wife use artificial contraception, the barrier that they place between them and the fear of pregnancy prevents them from loving freely and from making a total gift of themselves. In reality they say one to the other, “I give you everything…except my fertility”. And certainly, a couple using birth control cannot be fruitful. We do not pick grapes from thorns.