Predictions and Fulfillment

In last month’s column, I surveyed several writers who viewed the Sexual Revolution and predicted dire effects, and I concluded with the predictions of Pope Paul VI in his 1968 encyclical, Humanae Vitae. The Holy Father suffered greatly and was widely rejected for his statements, but the others experienced no such effects.  So, why was Pope Paul VI verbally […]

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The Prophets

When Pope Paul VI issued his landmark 1968 encyclical on marital chastity, Humanae Vitae, he predicted dire consequences from the growing acceptance of unnatural methods of birth control.  He was widely ridiculed at the time by those who dissented from Humanae Vitae, but today nobody is laughing.  In fact, each passing year more and more people proclaim […]

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Contraception and the Sexual Revolution

There is less talk today about the Sexual Revolution than there was in the eighties, and that’s because the revolution has become institutionalized.  What seemed revolutionary in the 1960s became commonplace by the end of the 20th century.  Back in the 1950s, contraception, though widely practiced by non-Catholics, was still a taboo subject; people didn’t […]

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The Exquisite Timing of Lourdes

The timing of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lourdes beginning on February 11, 1858, was not only providential in the sense of God’s loving kindness to us sinners, but was absolutely exquisite in terms of what was going on in European intellectual circles at that time. The sex scandals involving priests and […]

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Humanae Vitae and Three Natures

In last month’s commentary we looked at the teaching of Humanae Vitae from the perspective of the authority of the Church to teach about human love. Specifically, we saw that Jesus at the Last Supper promised that the Holy Spirit would continue to guide the Apostles and their successors in teaching the truth, including the […]

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