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Humanae vitae Revisited

A new year dawns, bringing renewed social strife and uncertain presidential promises along with it. With the new year upon us, why not revisit an old yet groundbreaking encyclical in a new light? 5,382 more words

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Birth Control and Confession in Padua Diocese, 1916-1958 (Recommended Reading)

Sandro Magister has an interesting review of a book (the book is only available in Italian) on confessional practice and contraception in the Diocese of Padua in the early 20th-century: 285 more words


Note to Pollsters: What “Practicing Catholic” Really Means

First consideration is due to the offspring, which many have the boldness to call the disagreeable burden of matrimony.
~ Pope Pius XI

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What “Practicing Catholic” Really Means

“First consideration is due to the offspring, which many have the boldness to call the disagreeable burden of matrimony.”
~ Pope Pius XI, Casti Connubii

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William. F. Buckley Jr. on Humanae Vitae

Twenty years ago Buckley wrote Nearer, My God: An Autobiography of Faith, sharing his personal thoughts and experiences as a life-long Catholic. Writing in his typical high-brow conversational manner, you might feel as though you were sitting next to him on the panel of Firing Line.  678 more words


Humanae Vitae and Low Birth Rates

In July of 1968 Pope Paul VI, by issuing the encyclical Humanae Vitae, unequivocally upheld the Church’s long standing prohibition on contraception. In hindsight, we can see that its publication had created the circumstances for a divergence in birth rates between Catholics and the rest of society. 713 more words

Catholic Marriage



“If therefore there are well-grounded reasons for spacing births, arising from the physical or psychological condition of husband or wife, or from external circumstances, the Church teaches that married people may then take advantage of the natural cycles immanent in the reproductive system and engage in marital intercourse only during those times that are infertile, thus controlling birth in a way which does not in the least offend the moral principles which We have just explained (20).“ (Encyclical Humanae Vitae by Blessed Pope Paul VI)

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