Rome conference to gather leading experts in defense of Humanae Vitae

LifeSiteNews | 9/20/2017 | Staff
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ROME, September 20, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — On what grounds did Pope Paul VI condemn contraception in his controversial encyclical letter, Humanae Vitae, and are those reasons still valid today?

Next month, an international group of experts will meet in Rome to examine and offer a vigorous defense of the Church’s teaching in Humanae Vitae, as concerns mount about an effort in the Vatican to “reinterpret” it so as to allow for contraception in certain cases.

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The event, organized by the pro-life and pro-family coalition Voice of the Family, will commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical letter which reaffirmed the Church’s infallible teaching on marriage and condemned contraception as intrinsically wrong.

Scheduled for October 28, 2017, the conference is entitled “Humanae Vitae at 50: setting the context.”

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The event will bring together an international panel of speakers including German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, one of the four cardinal signatories of the dubia; Professor Josef Seifert, Founding Rector of the International Academy of Philosophy in the Principality of Liechtenstein, who will present a philosophical approach to the truths taught in Humanae Vitae; and renowned Church historian, Professor Roberto de Mattei (Italy), who will analyze the encyclical in its historical context.

Other featured speakers include Fr Serafino Lanzetta of the University of Lugano (Switzerland), who will discuss the theological importance of Humanae Vitae in countering secularization in sexual ethics; Dr. Thomas Ward (UK), who will address the war on parents and Humanae Vitae; and Dr. Philippe Schepens (Belgium), who will offer his own personal testimony as a medical doctor.

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Conference talks will be in English, Italian and French with simultaneous translation.

The aim of the one-day conference — being held at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome — is to offer clergy, religious and laity an opportunity to study Humanae...
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