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Humanae Vitae Study Guide
« on: February 06, 2011, 07:38:08 PM »
Fwiw, in an attempt to help Catholics and non-Catholics understand what is behind Papal Encyclicals, a Study Guide for Humanae Vitae is available at the Priests for Life website.  The first paragraphs of the foreword will be reproduced (citations omitted):

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A Study Guide to  Humanae Vitae
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

Forty years is not a long time in Church history. Indeed, we are still living in the moment of Humanae Vitae (issued on July 25, 1968), and of the challenge it presents to the world.

Humanae Vitae does not identify the key problem of our day in the realm of sex or birth or "the pill," but rather in the myth that we can be God. Pope Paul writes at the beginning of the document, "But the most remarkable development of all is to be seen in man's stupendous progress in the domination and rational organization of the forces of nature to the point that he is endeavoring to extend this control over every aspect of his own life -- over his body, over his mind and emotions, over his social life, and even over the laws that regulate the transmission of life”.

In the remaining 10 years of Pope Paul VI's Pontificate, He never issued another Papal Encyclical after Humanae Vitae.

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Re: Humanae Vitae Study Guide
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2011, 08:29:48 PM »
I skimmed through it and did not see a remedying of the main defect of HV: no patristics for its assertions on birth control.

I was thinking about how what patristrics the apologists have come up with to salvage it, which insist on intercourse only for the purpose of conception.  How is limited marital embrace like that any different from prostitution, using another as a means, whether to procreation or pleasure, rather than treating them as an end in themselves and a person?  In particular as some of the apologists' "authorities" speak in some detail about the marital act with all the romance of animal husbandry and artificial insemenation, and even say that a man should not love his wife when he makes love to her.

Animals are driven to reproduce by nature. The image and likeness of God is above the law of the jungle.
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Re: Humanae Vitae Study Guide
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2011, 11:50:45 PM »
It was 1968 - Europe and USA were engrossed in free drugs, free sex, free love and civil upheaval ... Pope Paul VI, after the post Vatican-II reforms, called it as He saw it ... people acting like animals instead of acting as made in God's image.  Citing further from the original link:

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With prophetic intuition, [Pope Paul VI] understood the hopes and fears of the men and women of that time, seeking to highlight the positive aspects and illuminate them with the light of truth and of the love of Christ.

But the liberalizations of Vatican II created a conflict in that Bishops' hands were tied as evident by one Winnipeg Document which never gathered traction because the Canadian Bishops were sandboxed by Rome.

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Re: Humanae Vitae Study Guide
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2011, 11:54:19 PM »
Pope Paul VI, after the post Vatican-II reforms, called it as He saw it
LOL "He?"
Question a friend, perhaps he did not do it; but if he did anything so that he may do it no more.
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Re: Humanae Vitae Study Guide
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2011, 02:01:37 AM »
Pope Paul VI, after the post Vatican-II reforms, called it as He saw it
LOL "He?"

A Head of a foreign state deserves some formal respect, one would think....   :-\

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Re: Humanae Vitae Study Guide
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2011, 02:06:25 AM »
Pope Paul VI, after the post Vatican-II reforms, called it as He saw it
LOL "He?"

A Head of a foreign state deserves some formal respect, one would think....   :-\

I just figured that you were saying that the Pope called it how God (He) saw it.  :D

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Re: Humanae Vitae Study Guide
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2011, 11:54:10 AM »
Pope Paul VI, after the post Vatican-II reforms, called it as He saw it
LOL "He?"

A Head of a foreign state deserves some formal respect, one would think....   :-\

That is certainly not common American usage.  While the Queen of England may be referred to as 'Her Majesty' as a formal title ( as we call a Bishop, 'Your Grace'), we would not say in an article, "The Queen, while visiting New York stayed with Her entourage at the British consulate."
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Re: Humanae Vitae Study Guide
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2011, 03:38:25 PM »
Pope Paul VI, after the post Vatican-II reforms, called it as he He saw it
LOL "He?"

A Head of a foreign state deserves some formal respect, one would think....   :-\

That is certainly not common American usage.  While the Queen of England may be referred to as 'Her Majesty' as a formal title ( as we call a Bishop, 'Your Grace'), we would not say in an article, "The Queen, while visiting New York stayed with Her entourage at the British consulate."

You are correct.  I do the same thing when referring to His All Holiness with a He (since He is a Bishop), rather than he to not run afoul of proper addressing of individuals.  I didn't intend for my improper use of personal pronouns to derail this thread.   :angel: