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ROME, June 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Nearly 500 British priests have issued a statement upholding Humanae Vitae and proposing it as the key to healing society, amid reports of moves within the Vatican to water down its teaching and accommodate the Church to modern trends.
In a letter released to the Catholic press on June 14 (see full letter below), the group of priests from Great Britain state that the Church’s perennial teaching on human sexuality should be at the forefront in re-building a culture of life, and stress its importance for Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
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The initiative, called “Humanae Vitae 50,” was set up as a call to priests to make their voices heard as the Church prepares to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical on the regulation of births.
Promulgated on July 25, 1968 — amid the turmoil of the sexual revolution — Humanae Vitae “affirmed ... the purity and beauty of the spousal act, always open to procreation and always unitive” and rejected calls to allow artificial contraception in certain circumstances, the priests write.
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They recall Humanae Vitae’s prophetic warning that a widespread acceptance of artificial contraception would lead to a loss in the “proper understanding of marriage, the family, the dignity of the child and of women and even a proper appreciation of our bodies and the gift of male and female.”
They further note: “At the time of the publication of Humanae Vitae many rejected its message and its warnings. Many found the teaching that the use of contraception was in all cases ‘absolutely excluded’ and ‘intrinsically wrong’ difficult to accept and challenging to proclaim.”
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Yet, they add, 50 years later and amid great detriment to human life and love, “many have come to appreciate again the wisdom of the Church’s teaching.”
“As priests,” they write, “we desire to...
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