Humanae Vitae

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Why do so many Catholics use contraception? Experts weigh in

May 14, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Large majorities of Catholics use birth control, which experts say is “a crisis of catechesis within the Church.” Read more

Cardinal Luis Ladaria Ferrer, SJ.

Cardinal Ladaria: Truth about humanity and sexuality doesn’t change because of changes in ideology

May 19, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Luis Ladaria Ferrer, SJ, prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, gave the opening remarks at... Read more


Church and contraception: Experts expose errors in Pontifical Academy for Life book

Sep 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

Nine international experts have pointed out in an open letter the serious errors contained in a book published a few... Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference from Malta, April 3, 2022.

Pope Francis on birth control: Can the teaching of the Church on contraception change?

Jul 30, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Can the Church’s teaching on birth control change? During Pope Francis’ return flight from Canada, a journalist asked him about... Read more

Emily Frase (right) and Mary Bruno have a launched a new website, FAbM, for women seeking effective alternatives to artificial birth control.

Fertility awareness website founders inform women on scientific, holistic alternative to birth control

Nov 21, 2021

By Katie Yoder

Fertility awareness-based methods can be used to adhere to Catholic teaching, allowing couples to plan their families by charting phases... Read more

Msgr. Philippe Bordeyne, president of the John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences in Rome.

New JPII Institute president: My stance on Humanae vitae was misinterpreted

Oct 11, 2021

By Solène Tadié

Msgr. Philippe Bordeyne officially took office on Sept. 22. Read more

Bishop James Wall of Gallup greets parishioners after Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Gallup.

Bishop Wall: Pope Francis 'passionate about life' from conception to natural death

Feb 20, 2020

By Mary Farrow

After visiting with Pope Francis for two and a half hours during his region’s ad limina visit, Bishop James Wall... Read more

Atlas at Rockefeller Center.

Money, power and Humanae Vitae: the forgotten story

Dec 31, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

The controversy over Humanae Vitae, the papal encyclical that reaffirmed Catholic teaching on contraception 50 years ago, cannot be understood... Read more

What went wrong in the Sexual Revolution? This documentary takes a look

Dec 23, 2018

The story of a donor-conceived woman. The Sexual Revolution of the 1960s. The development of birth control. And a papal... Read more

Why a famous social justice priest opposed birth control

Dec 21, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

During the early cultural battles over birth control in 1920s America, social thinker Monsignor John A. Ryan brought a unique... Read more

On 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, reasons for hope

Jul 25, 2018

Fifty years after Pope Paul VI issued Humanae Vitae, the landmark encyclical reaffirming Church teaching against contraception, many Catholics still... Read more

What #MeToo can learn from ‘Humanae vitae’

Jul 24, 2018

Sex “untethered” from reproduction can mean “whatever individual men decide it means to them, even violence and power,” says law... Read more

Why so serious? Catholic professor talks NFP

Jul 24, 2018

By Perry West

Ramping up to the 50th anniversary of Humanae vitae, a Catholic professor analyzed the encyclical’s guidance on responsible parenthood- discussing... Read more

Couple holding hands at sunset.

'Humanae vitae' saves marriages, says Minneapolis bishop

Jul 23, 2018

Bishop Andrew Cozzens, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of St.Paul and Minneapolis has given a series of talks ahead of... Read more

Pope Paul VI.

On 'Humanae vitae'- Pope Paul VI did not act alone

Jul 19, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Humanae vitae is not a “pre-conciliar” encyclical, Bl. Paul VI did not develop the final draft in solitude, and, the... Read more

Have questions on Humanae Vitae? Social media discussion offers answers

Jul 3, 2018

A month-long social media conversation on Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae kicked off this week, facilitated by the Diocese of... Read more

‘Humanae vitae’ is true, and essential to human development, conference speakers say

Jun 26, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Though Humanae vitae has faced frequent dissent in the 50 years since it was published, that dissent does not detract... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Humanae Vitae needs no update, commission chair says

May 23, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The professor who chaired a Vatican study group on Humanae Vitae stressed that the Bl. Paul VI’s encyclical “needs no... Read more

CNA file photo

What a CUA symposium said about ‘Humanae Vitae’

Apr 10, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

The Catholic University of America played host last week to a symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of Blessed Paul VI’s... Read more

African mother and child.

Africans stand for life in UN battles over reproductive health

Apr 9, 2018

By Courtney Mares

African Catholics remained concerned about a push from Western leaders to promote abortion and contraception in Africa in the name... Read more