Humanae Vitae: The Sword and the Stone

Humanae Vitae Giving Day *  *  * by Michael Gagnon It has now been 49 years since Humanae Vitae dropped out of heaven through His Holiness Pope Paul VI and the shockwaves continue to resound throughout the world. Since its release, this blessed document has not failed or slowed in its mission to clearly call…

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Earthquakes, Obedience and Beauty

While the Church suggests certain guidelines for sexual morality, right or wrong are really a matter of personal conscience–or at least that’s the shaky assumption my wife and I stood upon when we were first married. We thought we were committed Catholics but it never occurred to us to mention contraception when we went to…

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How This Mom of 13 Lives out Humanae Vitae

Humanae Vitae Giving Day *  *  * By Kateri Schwandt Through the Church’s teachings in Humanae Vitae on married life and love, my husband and I have willing accepted the practice of being open to life. Upon the arrival of our 13 boys, we have welcomed and cherished each one as a gift that has…

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How Humanae Vitae Helped Me Overcome My Addiction to Porn

Humanae Vitae Giving Day *  *  * By Michael Gagnon Like many men in our culture, I have struggled with pornography throughout my life. Similar to most any addiction, you are never truly free of it but learn to find mastery over it with healthy boundaries, help from others and – above all – the…

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‘Clarity with Charity’: Why we Need Humanae Vitae

Humanae Vitae Giving Day *  *  * By Sheila Liaugminas For the past couple of years, I have considered the idea of tweeting out Humanae Vitae, or key lines from that prophetic document, so people in modern culture with busy lives and short attention spans, who are totally unaware of its contents, might be grabbed…

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Humanae Vitae Fortifies my Marriage

Humanae Vitae Giving Day *  *  * By Jenna Hines Do you know what creates the tightest bonds? A common goal. Or a common enemy, if you will. My husband and I are on the same team fighting the same fight – and no, the opponent is not natural family planning. Instead, that is our…

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Radical Feminist Becomes Nun

Humanae Vitae Giving Day *  *  * By Sister Helena Burns You may be wondering what a nun has to do with or say about Humanae Vitae, the little 1968 encyclical that reaffirmed the Church’s 2,000-year-old position on contraception. Two thousand years? Yes. There have always been forms of contraception and abortion, and the followers…

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Humanae Vitae is a Gift of Love

Humanae Vitae Giving Day *  *  * By Cardinal Timothy Dolan It’s no secret that when Humanae Vitae was released it set off a difficult period of turmoil and confusion within the Church. However, if we look at the encyclical today, we see the many ways in which Blessed Pope Paul VI correctly understood and foresaw the consequences…

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Humanae Vitae: Guidance for a New Mom

Humanae Vitae Giving Day *  *  * By Janet Sahm Easter I braced myself for the day our daughter arrived in this world. I say braced because I have found the arrival of new life to be a motley mash of high emotions and tests of strength – simultaneously joyful, exhausting, wonderful, miraculous…and scary. There…

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‘Humanae Vitae Calls us Back to our Real Identity’

Humanae Vitae Giving Day *  *  * By Archbishop Charles Chaput Humanae Vitae is one of the great moral documents of the last century because it is important, beautiful, courageous and true. And we don’t need to be theologians to see why. We just need to review the record of the last 48 years. Scientists created the…

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