Humanae Vitae

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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

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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

Cardinal Donald Wuerl.

Wuerl: On ‘Humanae Vitae’ anniversary, we renew fidelity to the pope

Apr 6, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

“The Church, from the very beginning, has always recognized the special and unique role of Peter,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl... Read more

Pope Paul VI.

Analysis: Paul VI is truly the pope of 'Humanae Vitae'

Mar 31, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Paul VI’s love for life, highlighted in his encyclical Humanae Vitae, is at the center of the miracles that... Read more

Misunderstanding NFP: Where Catholics and non-Catholics get it wrong

Mar 28, 2018

By Mary Farrow

The encyclical Humanae Vitae by Pope Paul VI shocked the world when it was published in 1968.  Read more

Archbishop Cordileone speaking at the Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization in Kansas.

Symposium: 'Humanae Vitae' teachings essential for stable marriages, families

Mar 28, 2018

By Mary Farrow

The promise of the sexual revolution and contraception was total sexual freedom for everyone.  Read more

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Humanae Vitae is needed now more than ever, say conference attendees

Mar 26, 2018

By Mary Farrow

Fifty years after its release, the teachings of Humanae Vitae are more relevant and necessary for the life of the... Read more