Never before published letter of Cardinal Wojtyla to Paul VI on Humanae Vitae

LifeSiteNews | 7/25/2018 | Staff
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ROME, July 25, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — A letter that Cardinal Karol Wojtyla sent to Pope Paul VI in 1969, published here in full for the first time in English, underscores that Humanae vitae’s ban on contraception is an “infallible” and “irrevocable” teaching that the Church herself “has no power to change.”

According to Msgr. Livio Melina, former president of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Rome, Wojtyła’s letter to Paul VI is also decisive as it demonstrates that Humanae vitae “is not a matter of advice entrusted to the interpretation of conscience, but of a binding doctrinal teaching.”

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The letter was published for the first time in Italian in March, as part of a new book by Fr. Paweł Stanisław Gałuszka, titled Karol Wojtyła and Humanae Vitae. The book examines the contribution that Karol Wojtyła and the Polish bishops made to the editing and reception of Humanae Vitae when Wojtyła was Archbishop of Krakow.

The book contains several never-before-published documents, including the letter Cardinal Wojtyła sent to Paul VI in 1969, after numerous episcopates voiced their opposition to Humanae Vitae. It was launched at the Lateran University in Rome, with key Vatican figures in attendance.

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Msgr. Melina, a highly regarded moral theologian and successor to now-deceased Cardinal Carlo Caffarra as president of the John Paul II Institute, wrote the preface to Gałuszka’s book.

In comments to LifeSiteNews, he said Wojtyła’s letter to Paul VI is decisive on three points:

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First, that moral law and therefore also the norm of Humanae vitae [the ban on contraception] is the expression of a truth about good and not the arbitrary imposition of a legislator, so that the Church herself has no power to change it (against nominalistic legalism); second, that Humanae Vitae is an infallible and irrevocable teaching, by...
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