Pope Paul VI is on the minds of many Catholics these days, and for good reason.
For one, his (conciliar) “canonization” is set to take place in October; for another, there are reports out of Rome indicating that the Bergolgian regime is plotting to “re-interpret” Humanae Vitae – a text that is widely considered the “crowning achievement” of the Montini pontificate.
Traditionalist - Media - Outlets - Alarms - Consequences
Even certain so-called “traditionalist” media outlets are sounding alarms about the disastrous consequences of tinkering with Humanae Vitae; speaking of the text as if it is tantamount to holy writ.
As we will demonstrate here, however, the text should be condemned as Humanae Vitae has done virtually nothing but contribute to the very problems that it sought to forestall:
Mind - Examination - Humanae - Vitae - Document
With this in mind, here we will undertake a timely and somewhat lengthy (though still limited) examination of Humanae Vitae; one that will reveal not only the document’s grave deficiencies, but also the degree to which its author lacked authentic Catholic conviction; revealing himself to be a weak, wavering, and pitiable character indeed.
Right from the outset, the fundamental error upon which the entire document is based is suggested:
Transmission - Life - Role - People - God
The transmission of human life is a most serious role in which married people collaborate freely and responsibly with God the Creator.
Wrong. The transmission of human life (along with the education of children) is the primary end of marriage; not simply a most serious role among others.
Sentences - Paul - VI
Just sentences later, Paul VI states:
The fulfillment of this duty [the transmission of human life] has always posed problems to the conscience of married people, but the recent course of human society and the concomitant changes have provoked new questions. The Church cannot ignore these questions, for they concern matters intimately connected with the life and happiness of human beings.
Notice - Wavering - Paul - VI - Transmission
First, notice that the wavering Paul VI now correctly identifies the transmission...
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