Living in the Two Hearts

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All Human Life IS Sacred…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on October 27, 2008

In July of 1968, on the 25th day, Pope Paul VI released an encyclical on the dignity of Human Life in response to a commission that was established by Blssd JohnXIII in March of ’63. Regarding the question of the marital act and what is an acceptable means of Responsible Parenthood ; something that all of us are familiar with today…ironically called Planned Parenthood.

His encyclical addressed the questions pertaining to birth-control, its methods, its types, and its reasons for; as well as addressing the question of Killing the unborn child in the womb (aka Abortion), and the physical means of rendering a person (male and female) sterile – the types of and reasons for.

The audience is the World, believers and non believers alike; priests and laymen, bishops and patriarchs.  None was left out of the responsibility to give the answers these questions sought, and still today, seek to redefine the sacredness of human life beginning from the very moment of conception.

In the writings that follow, I will endeavor to travel through the document – not a very long document – pinpointing the issues, which guarantee to shed light on the issues concerning us at this very time in History; and which, I might add, are vital to the issues in this upcoming election.  No Catholic, no Christian, and quite frankly, no rational human being has any excuse for not reading the words of this timely and prophetic document, written 40 years ago, that so boldly warns us all of the consequences of our actions concerning our treatment of human life – all life – from conception to natural death,

So, as you read over the next several days, I ask each on of you to consider, if we had maintained a healthy respect for life in our society; if we were not trying to find newer ways to control and manipulate each other; if we truly believed Christ when He said, “The second is like it (greatest commandment), Love your neighbor as yourself ” (Mt 22:39); would we be in such a mess as we are currently facing?  Would 50.5 million babies have been brutally murdered by their own mothers?  Would we be on the verge of total and complete financial collapse (see Economic Collapse)?  In short, would we have turned so radically away from our Creator – more so than Adam and Eve – deciding He is made in OUR IMAGE, instead of the other way around?

“Be still, and know that I am God. I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth!” ~Ps 46:10

Humanae Vitae: On Human Life (part I)

July 25, 1968

To the venerable Patriarchs, Archbishops and Bishops and other local ordinaries in peace and communion with the Apostolic See, to priests, the faithful and to all men of good will.

Venerable brothers and beloved sons:

The Transmission of Life

1. The most serious duty of transmitting human life, for which married persons are the free and responsible collaborators of God the Creator, has always been a source of great joys to them, even if sometimes accompanied by not a few difficulties and by distress.

At all times the fulfillment of this duty has posed grave problems to the conscience of married persons, but, with the recent evolution of society, changes have taken place that give rise to new questions which the Church could not ignore, having to do with a matter which so closely touches upon the life and happiness of men.

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In 1968: Vietnam takes center stage with communist forces attacking South Vietnamese cities and towns.  Students continue their protests of this governments involvement with Vietnam, the choice of napalm as a weapon in Vietnam – a burning agent.

Martin Luther King Jr is assassinated in Memphis, TN, causing rioting between law enforcement and demonstrators across the country for the next 8 months.

Robert “Bobby” Kennedy is assassinated not long after his announcement to run for president by an Arab gunman, Sirhan Sirhan.

In France, students and workers lead a revolt against the current government which results in a more “democratic style” of government – going from parliamentary to a single ruler. The Soviet Union invades Czechoslovakia.

The Space Race continues with America and Russia “neck-n-neck” until Apollo 8 orbits the moon.  Both countries and later France, conduct nuclear testing underground, while tensions between governments continues to increase.

The US Mint stops buying and selling gold.  A 2-tiered gold price negotiated in Washington D.C. by U.S. and 6 European nation.  Lyndon Baines Johnson signs a bill removing gold backing from U.S. paper money

Meanwhile: One half of all U.S. mothers of school-age children are now part of the growing workforce. 70% of these working women are working full-time; 80% of these work full-time because they need the money to pay for basic necessities like rent, bills, medical, and to have the ability to raise their children alone due to the absence of a husband. I guess you could say that “free love” wasn’t free after all?

*for research facts and dates of 1968 happenings click here, here, and here.

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I. New Aspects of the Problem and Competency of the Magisterium

New Formulation of the Problem

2. The changes which have taken place are in fact noteworthy and of varied kinds. In the first place, there is the rapid demographic development.

1) Fear is shown by many that world population is growing more rapidly than the available resources, with growing distress to many families and developing countries, so that the temptation for authorities to counter this danger with radical measures is great.

Moreover, working and lodging conditions, as well as increased exigencies both in the economic field and in that of education, often make the proper education of an elevated number of children difficult today.

2) A change is also seen both in the manner of considering the person of woman and her place in society, and in the value to be attributed to conjugal love in marriage, and also in the appreciation to be made of the meaning of conjugal acts in relation to that love.

3) Finally and above all, man has made stupendous progress in the domination and rational organization of the forces of nature, such that he tends to extend this domination to his own total being: to the body, to psychical life, to social life and even to the laws which regulate the transmission of life.

Tomorrow: On Human Life : Part 1b

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One Response to “All Human Life IS Sacred…”

  1. carold114 said

    Wow! Excellent post.

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