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Humanae Vitae 50 years on

Blessed Pope Paul VI used both Sacred Scripture and Catholic Tradition to write Humanae Vitae.

Fifty years ago on July 25, 1968, Catholics all over the world were shocked by the pope at that time, Paul VI. After much anticipation that the Catholic Church would finally change its rules about prohibiting Catholics from using contraception (artificial means to regulate births which became popular in the 1960s onwards) and become a modern Church with forward thinking about the family, the encyclical Humanae Vitae (Latin for ‘Of Human Life’) was released.

The now Blessed Pope Paul VI reiterated what the Church always said about the regulation of birth and all expectations of change disappeared. “How outdated is this Catholic Church?” remains the position of some to this date.

Blessed Pope Paul VI used both Sacred Scripture and Catholic Tradition to write Humanae Vitae (HV) which reveals more details on God’s Plan for married love (usccb.org). Other than “Be fruitful and multiply” said by God in Genesis 1:28, direct teaching on married love can be seen in the Ten Commandments.

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