Sunday, July 25, 2004

A day to remember...

In case you didn't know, today is the anniversary of the date Humanae Vitae ("On Human Life") was issued--July 25, 1968. It is probably the most infamous papal encyclical in Church history, with all of the division that it's caused in the last 30 years (it's the one that said contraception is a 'no-no' for Catholics).

More and more Catholic scholars are saying that this date will go down as one of the most important days in the last century, because of the influence (for the better) that they think it will eventually have. The entire "Theology of the Body" developed by Pope JP II in the early 1980s is an example of this impact, for it was a direct response to the call of Paul VI in his encyclical Humanae Vitae. To be completely honest, in all my readings on the questions of the meaning of life, being, sex, etc., no one has given so profound an answer as JPII in this theology. IMHO, it is the true Christian antidote to the disease of the sexual revolution that has plagued society for the past 70 years or so (though the roots of the problem go much deeper and further back).

Anyways, to coincide with this epic date, I plan to shoot some stuff out in the next couple of days on the question of contraception and sex. Before I really dive into this though, I'd love to hear people's thoughts on the Church's moral teaching here, since this is probably one of the biggest turnoffs to people looking at Catholicism. So please do share!


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