Humanae Vitae

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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

St. Peter's Basilica.

Analysis: Benedict XVI’s letter - what the reaction revealed

Mar 21, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The story of Benedict XVI’s letter and the communication issues it raised, dubbed “Lettergate,” has led to the resignation of... Read more

Card. Gerhard Ludwig Mueller.

Analysis: Overturning Humanae Vitae's teaching, a 'crime against the Church'

Mar 9, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Speaking at a presentation of a book on Humanae Vitae, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for... Read more

Bishop Kevin Rhoades; CNA file photo. University of Notre Dame;

Bishop Rhoades: 'I strongly disagree' with Notre Dame contraception decision

Feb 12, 2018

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend issued a statement on Thursday criticizing the University of... Read more

Professor Gerald V. Bradley.  Courtesy: University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame professor criticizes university’s provision of ‘simple contraceptives’

Feb 9, 2018

After the University of Notre Dame announced it would fund  “simple contraceptives” in its insurance plan, one Notre Dame professor... Read more

Golden Dome at the University of Notre Dame.

University of Notre Dame adds ‘simple contraceptives’ to insurance plan

Feb 7, 2018

The University of Notre Dame has announced that it will fund “simple contraceptives” through its insurance plan.  Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Analysis: Questioning Humanae Vitae? The Vatican has already had its say

Feb 3, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Since Bl. Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae was published 50 years ago, it has sparked wide-ranging debates, and frequent calls... Read more

Archbishop Samuel Aquila.  CNA file photo.

Denver archbishop spotlights Humanae Vitae in new pastoral letter

Feb 2, 2018

In a new pastoral letter honoring the 50-year anniversary of Humanae Vitae, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver underscored the... Read more

Pope Paul VI. (Wikimedia Commons 3.0.).

Why the drafting of 'Humanae Vitae' matters, 50 years later

Aug 1, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

As its 50th anniversary approaches, the story of how Blessed Pope Paul VI arrived at the final text of “Humanae... Read more

Why Catholic thinkers say the push for contraception is stale

Sep 21, 2016

By Adelaide Mena

Modern-day imperialism. Harmful to women. A failed promise. These are the ways that leading Catholic scholars described contraception – and... Read more

St. Peter's Dome.

500 Catholic scholars lash back at Humanae Vitae critics

Sep 20, 2016

Nearly 50 years after the “prophetic” papal document Humanae Vitae, the Catholic Church’s longstanding teaching against contraception continues to promote... Read more

Pope Francis speaks with journalists aboard the papal plane Jan. 12, 2015.

Paul VI was right to warn against contraception, Pope Francis says

Jan 16, 2015

Pope Francis took the opportunity during an address to families in the Philippines to praise Blessed Pope Paul VI’s encyclical... Read more

Dr. William E. May, of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America, died Dec. 13, 2014.

William May, the prof who renounced his dissent from Humanae Vitae

Dec 18, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

William E. May, a professor who retracted his one-time dissent from Humanae vitae and became an influential pro-life teacher and... Read more

Bishop Mario Toso, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, speaks to CNA during a Dec. 14, 2012 interview.

Vatican bishop: today's technological dangers foreseen by Humanae Vitae

Jul 26, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

On its 45th anniversary, Pope Paul VI’s encyclical that upheld the Church’s teaching on birth control is “incredibly up-to-date,” especially... Read more

Mary Eberstadt speaks at Bonfils hall in Denver, Feb 11, 2013.

Author sees cultural willingness to re-examine sexual revolution

Feb 14, 2013

A Catholic author believes that the “surprisingly positive” reception of her book on the sexual revolution shows an encouraging openness... Read more