Evangelization and the Holy Spirit

In the course of working on the July/August issue of Lay Witness, which focuses on missions and evangelization, I turned to Pope Paul VI’s apostolic exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi (On Evangelization in the Modern World). With Pentecost approaching, this passage seemed particularly appropriate (emphases and [comments] mine): Evangelization will never be possible without the action of […]

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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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