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Timely Reflections on Humanae Vitae

David Martin | The Daily Knight

Humanae vitae, encyclical written by Pope Paul VI, 25 July 1968 (LaityFamilyLife.VA)

While Pope Paul VI is often accused of spearheading the modernist revolt in the Catholic Church, many of his writings nonetheless testify to his deep conviction in the tradition of the Faith.


A good example of this is his encyclical on the regulation of human birth, Humanae Vitae, which condemns artificial birth control and reiterates the true procreative purpose of marriage. With the satanic attack on family values reaching fever pitch in the Church, it is appropriate to reflect on this superlative encyclical, since it gives us a closer look at the "heroic virtues" that Pope Benedict XVI cited as grounds for his canonization.

Prophet of our Time


Pope Paul VI was a prophet of our time for the way he stood up before the world and declared that artificial contraception is a sin that ruins our relationship with God and one another. He made it clear in Humanae Vitae that contraception is forbidden and will never be accepted by the Church under any circumstances. His encyclical letter was a historic milestone that laid the foundation for the international pro-life movement of these last times.

Consequently, it triggered hostile repercussions throughout the world, both within and without the Church. It brought upon him all the spittle and hatred of feminists who were addicted to their shameful promiscuity, as well as the scorn of modern day “high priests” who were more committed to pacifying the shame of Eve than the injured heart of Christ.

Even so, Pope Paul remained unmoved by the backlash he received from the modern world, being firm in his conviction for God. He saw the scourge of divine justice coming upon humanity for its many crimes against life and was therefore attempting to set bulwarks into place to hold back the rising tide of evil that was beginning to wash humanity out to Death Sea. Like the prophets of old he stood up on behalf of God and sounded a warning to the earth, stating that if society accepted contraception as a way of life several consequences would inevitably result. His prophecy was four-fold.


First, it would lead to "conjugal infidelity and a general lowering of morality." This certainly has come to pass. The marital union that was created for bringing children into the world has been reduced to a farce in many homes, with decadent behavior and even sodomy being practiced. The Divine Founder of the marital institution has been blocked from couples’ lives, giving reign to the devil. The Sacrament of Marriage that was instituted for our sanctification has, for many couples, become an occasion of sin.


What the Archangel Raphael said in the Bible directly applies to those in the married state who practice artificial birth control: "I will show thee who they are, over whom the devil can prevail. For they who in such manner receive matrimony, as to shut out God from themselves, and from their mind, and to give themselves to their lust, as the horse and mule, which hath not understanding, over them the devil hath power." (Tobias 6:17)


It is this very spirit of fornication that artificial birth control has fostered so that sexual immorality (pre-marital and extra-marital) has skyrocketed in our time. Sadly, the sins of the parents have been visited upon the children who think nothing of feasting their eyes on despicable MTV and Internet porn, so that being inflamed therewith they're driven to go out and fornicate and contribute to the fire of sin that burns out of control throughout society. The pope said the pill would ignite this promiscuous fire, whereby there would ensue this "general lowering of morality." This indeed has come to pass.


Secondly, Paul VI said that contraception would lead men to cease from respecting the honor of women, thus leading them to treat women as "mere instruments of selfish enjoyment." Clearly, his prophecy has been fulfilled many times over by pornography alone, which is the most lucrative business in the modern world today. The entire industry is singularly dedicated to the abuse of women.


Thirdly, the Holy Father said that the widespread acceptance of contraception by couples would lead to a massive imposition of contraception by godless governments, which has come to pass. Pregnancy is now treated like a disease that needs to be cured as we see the socialist deep-state working incessantly to break into every facet of life with their intrusive antilife agenda.


Finally, the pope said that artificial contraception would lead man to feel that he can rule as a little god and exercise a limitless "domination over his own body and its functions." This hubris is perfectly expressed in such modern bio-tech horrors as invitro-fertilization, cloning, the creation of hybrid organisms, embryonic stem cell research, as well as the newest abomination of transgenderism where man pretends he is of the opposite sex by artificially acquiring the genitalia thereof.


The pill is largely to blame for these terrible evils in our modern world. It is a prolific seed that has helped society grow into the godless jungle it has become. It is a deadly poison that has helped to spawn this Apocalyptic culture of death that is working the spiritual death of many (Romans 6:23).


Encourages Fornication


For the pill was created so that women could engage in immoral sex without getting pregnant. And while we can cite the irreparable damage this has wrought in the married life, let us not forget the ruin it has wrought in the lives of single women. It is estimated that as many as 30 million single American women use artificial birth control (including the pill, female sterilization, intrauterine devices), with nearly a third of these women who use abortifacient drugs that murder the living baby in the womb. Hence we have millions of unpaid prostitutes engaging in their shame today because of artificial birth control.


Pill Designed to Weaken Women


It started as “the pill,” which was a key part of the devil’s strategy to start weakening the will of women by defiling their conscience and fostering contempt for life. This in turn paved the way for abortion through which Satan would be glorified, since abortion is a sacrifice to the devil that gives him the needed strength to bring about the fall of nations and thus facilitate his plan to enslave mankind under a one-world government. Pope Paul saw this coming so as a good prophet he spoke the truth for God, that we "may have life, and may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10)


This truth proclaimed by Humanae Vitae must be echoed throughout the churches of the world, especially by the clergy. If today's priests have any interest in renewing their faith, they must read Humanae Vitae and warn the people of contraception's destruction of the integrity of the marital act—as unitive and procreative—and how it is a degrading venom that withers life and love both in marriage and in society.

In 2008, Fr. George Welzbacher, Professor at St. Thomas University, stated publicly: "The fruits of the contraceptive revolution point persuasively to the conclusion that Pope Paul VI was right and the world was wrong when he warned in Humanae Vitae that evil is evil and will bring forth evil, which 40 years later has come to pass."

Padre Pio’s Tribute to Paul VI


None less than the saintly Padre Pio paid tribute to Pope Paul VI in a letter to His Holiness, dated September 12, 1968. Therein he pledged his unwavering allegiance to the pope in the wake of demonic persecutions he was receiving because of Humanae Vitae. The late stigmatist said:

"I know that your heart is suffering much these days on account of the happenings in the Church, for peace in the world, for the great needs of its peoples; but above all, for the lack of obedience of some, even Catholics, to the high teaching that you, assisted by the Holy Spirit and in the name of God, are giving us.... I thank you for your clear and decisive words that you especially pronounced in the last encyclical "Humanae Vitae"; and I reaffirm my faith, my unconditional obedience to your illuminated directions."

In his letter, St. Padre Pio addressed Paul VI as "The Supreme Teacher of all Christianity," acknowledging that he was speaking ex-cathedra in declaring the essential point of Humanae Vitae. It behooves us to focus on Article 14 where he states:

“The direct interruption of the generative process already begun and, above all, all direct abortion, even for therapeutic reasons, are to be absolutely excluded as lawful means of regulating the number of children. Equally to be condemned, as the Magisterium of the Church has affirmed on many occasions, is direct sterilization, whether of the man or of the woman, whether permanent or temporary.


“Similarly excluded is any action which either before, at the moment of, or after sexual intercourse, is specifically intended to prevent procreation.”


Hence women who use artificial birth control sin grievously, and as such, cannot be admitted to Holy Communion. The same applies to husbands who consent to birth control, use condoms, or have been sterilized. As with divorced and civilly remarried couples, contraceptive couples place themselves outside the Church, making it morally wrong for them to enter the Church unless their intention is to go to confession and reform.


As a wholesome recourse for travailing couples that are not able to birth children at a given time, the pope benevolently recommends that they adopt the natural rhythm method of regulating birth. There are those who criticize this recommendation, arguing that it encourages couples to deliberately duck-and-hide from God so that the marital act is habitually used for non-procreative purposes.


This accusation is inappropriate since this was not the pope’s design in Humanae Vitae, and he makes this very clear. The point of the encyclical is to say that God must be allowed to work procreatively through a couples' marriage so that God is the very heart and center of their union.

The rhythm method is only prescribed for couples who cannot make ends meet at a given moment, or who for reasons of health or scandal decide they must defer the birthing of children to a later date. They are given this option provided it is temporary and not motiv