Showing posts with label Humanae Vitae. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Humanae Vitae. Show all posts

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Timely Reflections on "Humanae Vitae"

By David Martin

While the canonization of Pope Paul VI has been used as a political tool to try to "canonize" the Vatican II revolution, it stands that Pope Paul nonetheless demonstrated an unusual degree of personal sanctity in the works that he himself produced.

A good example of this is his encyclical on the regulation of human birth, Humanae Vitae, which is the most authoritative statement ever issued on human life. With the pope having been raised to the altars of Holy Mother 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 the 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 with 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 latter 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, because he expected it. He knew what he was getting into when he issued the encyclical, which gave all the more merit to his action. 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 mankind 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 God and his rule of law continued to be slighted there would follow divine repercussions in the very near future.

His prophecy was four-fold, and is unfolding in our time. Paul VI said that if society accepted contraception as a way of life, several consequences would inevitably result. 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 condoned. The Divine Founder of the marital institution has been blocked from couples’ lives, thus 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 Scripture directly applies to those 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, as predicted by Pope Paul, so that fornication (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 MTV and Internet porn. Being inflamed therewith, they're driven to go out and fornicate with the aid of rock-music and drugs, so that the ubiquitous fire of sin burns out of control throughout society. The pope said the pill would ignite this infernal 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 was bellicose during the Obama Administration, though Trump, thankfully, is in the process of reversing this. Even so, the deadly poison of contraception has taken its toll. Pregnancy is now treated like a disease that needs to be cured, so that under the whip of global elite-masters the agents of death are 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, and the like.

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, which is threatening the very existence of mankind.

“The Pill” Designed to Weaken Women

For the pill 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, thus paving the way for abortion, through which Satan would be strengthened and glorified on earth. For abortion is the negative current that charges the devil’s battery and gives him power over man. It is a sacrifice to the devil that gives him the needed strength to bring about the fall of nations, thus facilitating his plan for the enslavement of mankind under a communistic 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 issuing forth from the Chair of Peter must be adopted and echoed throughout the churches of the world, especially by the clergy. If today's bishops and priests have any interest in renewing their faith, they must read "Humanae Vitae" so that they will have the zeal to warn people of contraception's destruction of the integrity of the marital actas 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." Amen to that! "By their fruits you shall know them." (Matthew 7:20)

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 face 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 take birth control pills sin grievously, and as such, cannot be admitted to Holy Communion. The same applies to husbands who consent to the pill or who use condoms. 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.

However, this is not the pope’s design, and he makes this very clear. The point of Humanae Vitae 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 to preserve their union with God and with each other. The pope is pointing out that this is an acceptable path they can take for the preservation of their marital bond, provided it is temporary and not motivated by a desire to not have children.

Not Truly Pro-life

On that note, we might point out that couples who practice this ‘natural family planning’ as a regular means of avoiding pregnancy are essentially no different than those who use the pill, since the intention is the same. It is only when the rhythm method is temporary and goes against their truest desire to have children that it is acceptable.

The bottom line is that artificial contraception is forbidden in the Christian life, which means that couples may never resort to the use of birth control pills, preventative or abortive, or to sterilization, or to surgical abortions. Such methods of regulating birth only ruin their relationship with God and plague their marriage with guilt, leading to discord and divorce, and contribution to the growing culture of death on earth. Birth control feeds the infernal monster and gives him power over man, whereas the birthing and raising children is the victorious path that delivers us from Satan’s power, this being especially applicable to the woman. St. Paul spells it out in clear, unambiguous terms:

"She shall be saved through child bearing; if she continue in faith, and love, and sanctification, with sobriety." (1 Timothy 2: 15)

If even a sector of today's contraceptive women heeded Pope Paul's directive to renounce artificial birth control of every kind, it no doubt would stay the hand of divine execution that is poised to strike the world for its many executions against life. Faithful Catholics are encouraged to read Pope Paul VI's encyclical on human life and to ponder his words well, for his prophecy is unfolding in our time.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Adieu, Humanae Vitae

[Magister] Goodbye, “Humanae Vitae.” Half a century later, the encyclical against artificial methods of birth control that marked the most dramatic moment of the pontificate of Paul VI, rejected by entire episcopates, contested by countless theologians, disobeyed by myriads of faithful, is now giving way to a radical reinterpretation, to a “paradigm shift” undoubtedly desired and encouraged by Pope Francis himself.
Paradox would have it that Paul VI should be the pope whom Jorge Mario Bergoglio admires and praises the most. And precisely - his own words - for the “prophetic brilliance” with which he wrote that encyclical and for his “courage in standing up against the majority, in defending moral discipline, in applying a cultural brake, in opposing neo-Malthusianism present and future.”
But the reality is that “everything depends on how ‘Humanae Vitae’ is interpreted,” as Pope Francis never fails to comment. Because “the question is not that of changing doctrine, but of digging deep and making sure that pastoral practice takes into account the situations and what persons are able to do.”
Link to Espresso....

Monday, May 15, 2017

Has Pope Francis Established a "Secret Commission" for the Revision of "Humanae Vitae"

Does Pope Francis intend to erect a secret commission to dismantle Paul VI's Encyclical?
(Rome) According to leaks from the Vatican, Pope Francis intends (or has already implemented) to appoint a secret commission with the mission to examine possible changes in the position of the Church on artificial contraceptives. This was reported by the Vaticanist Marco Tosatti last week.
The demand was linked to the current pontificate by progressive Church representatives. Pope Francis so far made ambivalent signals on Humanae vitae .

Revision of Humanae vitae ?

Concretely, the issue was to examine the Encyclical Humanae vitae by Pope Paul VI. with a possible revision.The former Archbishop of Milan had reacted with the encyclical on the anti-baby pill, the sexual revolution and the killing of unborn children by abortion. He did it in the middle of the 68-Revolt, which had just broken loose. On July 25, 1968, he published the encyclical Humanae vitae, with a "prophetic message," as Pope John Paul II says in 1981 in the post-synodal letter Familiaris consortio. Pope Francis also spoke of "prophetic geniality" in an interview of March 5, 2014 with the Corriere della Sera. Contradictory signals from the current Pope, however, do not allow an exact classification of his attitude to ( Karnickel , Zika virus and what Paul VI never said). Although he praised the "geniality" of the encyclical on the one hand, he found praise for the German moral theologian Bernhard Häring, one of the sharp critics of Humanae vitae .

Monday, December 21, 2015

The 68 Revolution and Its Consequences: The Year of 1968 Had the Fewest Children

The 1968 Revolution, the German People and Empty Cradles
(Berlin) statisticians and demographers have calculated: "The year 1968 had the least children." This was announced in Die Welt  in an edition from last week. 1968 is regarded as the crucial "year of change", the significant outcome of this year made  the world today is as it is. With the left-wing student protests of May 1968, the long-term profound cultural, political and economic changes were introduced. Three significant consequences are the demographic collapse, mass immigration and the weighty church crisis. It was then that the decisive year took on a more significant prominence, for  1968 became  the year in which  women have borne the least children. It's a fact of a symbolic nature. 
The following considerations relate to the Federal Republic of Germany, but also apply to the other German-speaking countries and more or less include  other Western European countries.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Bishop Synod Will End with the Beatification of Paul VI., the Pope of Humanae Vitae -- Partipation of Benedict XVI

(Rome) The current Extraordinary Synod of Bishops gathered in the Vatican concludes on October 19 with the beatification of Paul VI., The Pope of the encyclical Humanae Vitae . No document of the papal Magisterium of recent times created more hostility and brought open resistance and disobedience within the Church  as much as this encyclical. It represents the Church's response to the sexual revolution and was therefore anti-cyclical in open contradiction of the prevailing zeitgeist.
The sexual revolution had aimed at the disinhibition of sexual impulses, the targets were apparently taboo sexual behaviors, perversions and identity disorders. The ideological currents behind it, which provided the theoretical framework and pushed forward the enforcement may be named exactly. They are located in the left-wing spectrum, whether left-libertarian or Marxist, supported by "sexologists" who themselves suffered from perverse sexual pathologies.

Encyclical Humanae vitae: Response to Sexual Revolution

However, the core of the sexual revolution was the birth control pill, which sought to separate the sexual act between man and woman from conception and intruded in the relationship between the sexes, shook  marriage and the family. Its biggest promotion was experienced through the often racist ideologues of population control. Pope Paul VI. however, affirmed the openness of the sexual act for the transmission of life and thus the ban on contraceptives.
The encyclical is often referred to as "prophetic". Firstly, because it came in conflict with the spirit of the times. On the other hand, because it was written in opposition to the more common attitude in the Church that sought an arrangement with the prevailing zeitgeist and wanted to allow artificial contraception. A recommendation that was pronounced by both of the commissions appointed for its study by John XXIII and of  Paul VI..
The episcopate of the German-speaking world following the publication of the encyclical was in 1968, in open rebellion and refused obedience in the Königstein (Germany), Mariatroster (Austria) and Solothurn (Switzerland) Declarations. The above statements have not been lifted to this day. The reasoning behind it reminds me strangely of those of Cardinal Kasper to the weakening of the marriage sacrament: the gap between "practice in life" of the people and Church doctrine, which should be overcome by adapting the teaching to the practice. And the German episcopate is found again in the footsteps of disobedience as already in 1968's disobedience brings forth new disobedience?

Benedict XVI. participates in the beatification of the Pope, who created him a Cardinal

Meanwhile,  emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. has made it known that he will participate at the beatification of Paul VI. He participated at the end  of April in the canonization of his predecessor John Paul II., and John XXIII.
Paul VI. created Jospeh Ratzinger, then archbishop of Munich-Freising, Cardinal. The recognized miracles, with which the beatification process was completed successfully, relates to the healing of an unborn child early 90s in California.The doctors who discovered a serious health problem in the fetus, the young mother, recommended as the only remaining solution, to kill the child by abortion.
The mother refused and instead trusted in Divine Providence. As an advocate, they turned to Paul VI. because of his encyclical Humanae vitae for the protection of human life.

Approved Wonder Reaffirms Defense of Life

The child was born without problems and completely healthy. Meanwhile, the child without health complaints has come into adulthood. The postulator for the beatification process called the healing in "accordance with the Magisterium" of the Pope. A miracle in the "defense of life, family and marriage", which is dedicated to the encyclical. Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, who was just returned by Pope Francis as Archbishop of Valencia in Spain, former prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, told Info Vaticana that the Positio of Paul VI. was the most impressive was that he had read in his life.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: InfoVaticana
Trans: Tancred

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Pope Francis Praises Encyclical Humanae Vitae: Asks Benedict for Advice

New interview of Pope Francis and praise for Pope Paul VI. and his most famous encyclical: "His genius was prophetic, he had the courage to go against the majority, to defend the moral discipline"

Rome ( / RV)
"Yes".  Pope Francis affirmed with this clear statement when questioned whether he has been asking Benedict XVI. for advice.  This time he has given another interview for the Italian newspaper "Corriere della Serra" regarding his governance,  and how he was trying to put into practice what had emerged in the debate with the Cardinals in the various congregations before the conclave. "In my actions, I'm waiting for the Lord to give me the inspiration  ..." 

The essence of his spiritual message he understands as "tenderness and mercy." This comes from the Gospel.  Regarding the media Francis-hype the Pope said,  "I don't like the ideological interpretations of a certain Francis-mythology. If one says, for example, he was going at night from the Vatican to bring food to the homeless in the Via Ottaviano...  That's never crossed my mind. Sigmund Freud once said, if I'm not mistaken: In each idealization is also a hidden aggression. To draw the Pope as a kind of Superman, a kind of star, seems offensive to me.  The Pope is a man who laughs, cries, sleeps quietly and has friends, like everyone. A normal person. "

About accusations of Marxism, which some have made, Francis said, "I have never shared the Marxist ideology because it is not true, but I have known many brave people who were known for Marxism." When it came to sexual abuse of children, Francis explicitly praised Benedict XVI.   He was "very brave" and had opened a way."The church has done a lot in this way. Perhaps more than any other. The statistics on the phenomenon of violence against children are impressive, but they also clearly show that the vast majority of abuse happen in the family and neighborhood environment. The Catholic Church is perhaps the only public institution that has moved with transparency and responsibility. No one else has done this. And yet the Church is the only one who is attacked." 

When asked about the theme of family and divorced and remarried the Holy Father said that "there is a long path that the Church must travel. The family is in a very "serious crisis" in that  "the young people don't get married any more. "We need to give an answer. But we need to think deeply about it ... One must avoid to stay on the surface ... "  As to the presentation by Cardinal Kasper at the Consistory on the subject, Francis said that he had held a "beautiful and profound" lecture.  In the fifth point, the issue of remarried had been addressed. "I would have been worried if there had not been intense debate in the Consistory, which would have brought nothing. The Cardinals knew that they could say what they wanted, and they have presented many different points of view   that enriched. The fraternal and open exchange can nourish the theological and pastoral thinking. Regarding that, I'm not afraid, on the contrary, I'm looking for it!"  

Even on marriage itself the Pope undertook to say: "The marriage is between a man and a woman. The secular states want to justify civil marriages, to address specific situations of coexistence. It drives the need to regulate economic aspects among people, such as health insurance. It's about pacts of coexistence of different kinds .. You have to see the individual cases and assess their diversity."  Francis then also made ​​it clear that Paul VI. had the courage to go against the majority with the encyclical Humanae Vitae. "His genius was prophetic, he had the courage to go against the majority to defend the moral discipline to draw a cultural brake ... The question is not whether to change the doctrine, but if you get into the depth  and makes sure that the pastoral, the individual circumstances and what the people are each capable of take into account.  That will also be  discussed in the course of the Synod."

Then he gave praise for Orthodox Theology. "The Orthodox theology is extremely rich, and I think they have great theologians at this moment. Your picture of church and Synodality is fantastic.

 " Pope Francis welcomed Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. to the Konstistorium 
The Bishop of Rome and the
Pope of the Universal Church

Trans: Tancred