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The Meat of Humanae Vitae

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on October 29, 2008

Today we are going to get into the “meat of the matter”.

You know from the last posts the “why” for the document: The changes of society’s opinion on the sacredness of the conjugal act, how it became widely accepted as a means of Free Love ; and how the role of contraception contributed to the expansion of the practice, thus bringing into the question the use of contraception then into marriage as a means of regulating children.

Fact:Those interested in promoting the use of contraception within families targeted an idea of over-population.

As you will read in the above excerpt, the population scare was completely unfounded.  So much so, that today, we are now in a population decline unprecedented in the history of the Western world.  So…unrelated to the text, (or is it?) I ask an odd question: why would anyone want to decrease the World’s population?

Humanae Vitae: Part II

II. Doctrinal Principles

A Total Vision of Man

7. The problem of birth, like every other problem regarding human life, is to be considered, beyond (partial perspectives-whether of the biological or psychological, demographic or sociological orders) THE USUAL EFFECTS…

-in the light of an integral vision of man and of his vocation, not only his natural and earthly, but also his supernatural and eternal vocation(To think that this life on earth “is it”, and there’s nothing beyond it, is to believe that day is really night and night is really day.  We are eternal beings with an everlasting Creator as Our Father.)

And since, in the attempt to justify artificial methods of birth control, many have appealed to the demands both of conjugal love and of “responsible parenthood”

it is good to state very precisely the true concept of these two great realities of married life,.. (that is “they help one another to attain holiness in their married life (cf. 1Cor 7:14) and in welcoming and educating their children” ~CCC§1641; cf. GS§50)

(Authentic Married Love is caught up into Divine Love ~CCC§1639; cf Mk 10:6-9)

…referring principally to what was recently set forth in this regard, and in a highly authoritative form, by the Second Vatican Council in its pastoral constitution Gaudium et Spes (Constitution on the Church in the Modern World). (See above reference GS§50)

8. Conjugal love reveals its true nature and nobility when it is considered in its supreme origin, God, who is love, (1Jn 4:8) “the Father, from whom every family in Heaven and on earth is named.” (Eph 3:15)

(Did you get that?  The Conjugal act (sexual intimacy) comes from God – who IS LOVE – and thus God gives us the supreme means of expressing this… He gives us,)

Marriage is not, then, the effect of chance or the product of evolution of unconscious natural forces; it is the wise institution of the Creator to realize in mankind His design of love…

By means of the reciprocal personal gift of self, proper and exclusive to them, husband and wife tend towards the communion of their beings in view of mutual personal perfection, to collaborate with God in the generation and education of new lives. ~ cf. CCC§1641

For baptized persons, moreover, marriage invests the dignity of a sacramental sign of grace, inasmuch as it represents the union of Christ and of the Church. (Eph 5:25-33)

(Do you understand?  Marriage is not a human institution, easily re-defined by society – aka the Same-sex agenda.  No, Marriage is a sacramental sign of grace and instituted by God as a means of expressing fully His Love for us – Let’s Repeat this…)

8. Conjugal love reveals its true nature and nobility when it is considered in its supreme origin, God, who is love, (1Jn 4:8) “the Father, from whom every family in Heaven and on earth is named.” (Eph 3:15)

(This is not for US to mess with, to try and redefine.  Marriage represents the union of Christ and of the Church; and just as Christ holds NOTHING back from us, so too married couples CANNOT hold back from each other. By the use of contraception and artificial conception, that is what couples do… they keep a part of themselves out of the act.  What’s more, they do not allow God to act within them – to collaborate with God in the generation… of new lives.)

Its Characteristics

9. Under this light, there clearly appear the characteristic marks and demands of conjugal love, and it is of supreme importance to have an exact idea of these.

Tomorrow: What are the “Characteristic marks and demands” that appear so clearly?

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Why Humanae Vitae?
All Life Is Sacred.

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Why Humanae Vitae?

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on October 28, 2008

With the result of advances in medicine and science, the culture that was emerging from the 60’s had begun to grapple with its own humanity.  The Free Love, and Make Love Not War, mentality began to give way to other mentalities that demanded equal rights.  The Civil Rights movement had made a definite impact on the state of affairs concerning Negros (now African Americans), so why not also take that influence and apply it to women’s rights?

Mind you, I’m not saying that there was no call for the movements that moved to equalize the pay-scale for women to be “on-par” with men.  Because of that Free Love society mentality from earlier in the century, there were a lot of women finding themselves mothers without husbands. A pay increase was certainly needed.

But we have to be honest here.  Contraception made it possible, or so it seemed possible, to have many sexual partners without the worry about conceiving… that is until one moment of use, the contraception device fails.  Unfortunately for the women involved, the multiple partners thing lead to more and more sexual practice, which will always increase the statistic of contraception failure, thus the rate of birth to unwed mothers also increases.

So no matter how much the pay scale is equalized, until women are told the truth – contraception does not guarantee not conceiving (just ask my parents) – and until we teach our children that sexual activity is reserved for marriage alone – we shall continue in this downward spiral of misconception about contraception.

Which leads us nicely into the next section of the document:

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

New Formulation of the Problem cont…

(These were the types of questions asked by the commission…)

3. This new state of things gives rise to new questions. Granted the conditions of life today, and granted the meaning which conjugal relations have with respect to the harmony between husband and wife and to their mutual fidelity, would not a revision of the ethical norms, in force up to now, seem to be advisable, especially when it is considered that they cannot be observed without sacrifices, sometimes heroic sacrifices?

(Would it not seem prudent to adapt with the needs of society rather than enforce something “old” and “outdated”? Has society become perfect and less violent as a result of our “progression” ? I don’t think so…)

And again: by extending to this field the application of the so-called “principle of totality,” could it not be admitted that the intention of a less abundant but more rationalized fecundity might transform a materially sterilizing intervention into a licit and wise control of birth?

(Would not the use of condemns and sponges and other means of contraception be advisable to avoid the need for killing the unwanted child? Ya think?…that’s why over 50.5 million babies have lost their lives since 1973, the year abortion was made legal and contraception had been legal since 1960.)

Could it not be admitted, that is, that the finality of procreation pertains to the ensemble of conjugal life, rather than to its single acts? It is also asked whether, in view of the increased sense of responsibility of modern man, the moment has not come for him to entrust to his reason and his will, rather than to the biological rhythms of his organism, the task of regulating birth.

(Modern man would have better “self-control” if he was allowed to use contraception. Okay, so in our contraception-practicing society, rape and incest no longer exist because we are now a society of “self-control” ? )

Competency of the Magisterium

4. Such questions required from the teaching authority of the Church a new and deeper reflection upon the principles of the moral teaching on marriage: a teaching founded on the natural law, illuminated and enriched by divine revelation. Gen 2:21-24

No believer will wish to deny that the teaching authority of the Church is competent to interpret even the natural moral law. It is, in fact, indisputable, as our predecessors have many times declared, that Jesus Christ, when communicating to Peter and to the apostles His divine authority and sending them to teach all nations His commandments, (Mt 28:18-19) constituted them as guardians and authentic interpreters of all the moral law, not only, that is, of the law of the Gospel, but also of the natural law, which is also an expression of the will of God, the faithful fulfillment of which is equally necessary for salvation. (Mt 7:21)

(Those of you who claim Catholicism as your faith, if you do not believe that Jesus established His Church on Peter and the Apostles, you might as well stop right here.  All that follows will reflect this very Pillar of Truth. This very intransigent TRUTH.)

Conformably to this mission of hers, the Church has always provided-and even more amply in recent times-a coherent teaching concerning both the nature of marriage and the correct use of conjugal rights and the duties of husband and wife. (GS§41-52)

(So, here is what the Vatican did to address these questions thoroughly, as I have already alluded to above…)

Special Studies

The consciousness of that same mission induced us to confirm and enlarge the study commission which our predecessor Pope John XXIII of happy memory had instituted in March, 1963. That commission which included, besides several experts in the various pertinent disciplines, also married couples, had as its scope the gathering of opinions on the new questions regarding conjugal life, and in particular on the regulation of births, and of furnishing opportune elements of information so that the magisterium could give an adequate reply to the expectation not only of the faithful, but also of world opinion.

The work of these experts, as well as the successive judgments and counsels spontaneously forwarded by or expressly requested from a good number of our brothers in the episcopate, have permitted us to measure more exactly all the aspects of this complex matter. Hence with all our heart we express to each of them our lively gratitude.

(Many people contributed to the gathering of the information on the questions above.  This was not, by any stretch of the imagination, a biased and “agenda fixed” commission.  Far too many people, from every walk of life, were asked and did participate in this endeavor.)

Reply of the Magisterium

6. The conclusions at which the commission arrived could not, nevertheless, be considered by us as definitive, nor dispense us from a personal examination of this serious question; and this also because, within the commission itself, no full concordance of judgments concerning the moral norms to be proposed had been reached, and above all because certain criteria of solutions had emerged which departed from the moral teaching on marriage proposed with constant firmness by the teaching authority of the Church.

(A friendly reminder : We are a Church of both Scripture AND Tradition: BOTH/AND = Good  Theology!)

Therefore, having attentively sifted the documentation laid before us, after mature reflection and assiduous prayers, we now intend, by virtue of the mandate entrusted to us by Christ, to give our reply to these grave questions.

(These conclusion was not reached in one day.  The commission began in March of ’63, and Paul VI did not publish this encyclical until July of ’65.  It was carefully and thoroughly conducted and reviewed.  If more proof is needed of the validity of this document, just wait and see!  Our very society as it currently exists, is reflected perfectly within the following pages.  Get ready folks, and get comfortable.  Any formed conscious individual will feel a little “slimy” while sitting comfortably in your chair, for all of us are culpable, we have allowed death to reign in our society; and unfortunately, many have even participated in that death.)

Tomorrow: The Meat of Humanae Vitae

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