Friday, July 25, 2008

Humanae Vitae's 40th Anniversary Today

July 25th, 1968 was when Humanae Vitae was promulgated (officially released). Since then it has met scorn and ridicule for being "backward". It has been ignored by a majority of Catholics in the USA and other western countries.

But, on the flip-side, it has changed lives and marriages. It has been an occasion of conversion and it has given life to millions of children that may not have been born otherwise.

Humanae Vitae is prophetic and there are only a few choices. Either we ignore the voice of the prophet, of we pay the price. As the Bible says:
But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. - Joshua 24:15
The facts are indisputable, as I have stated elsewhere. It is now time to help those that cannot see the truth or deny it. We must get the message out to others - a contraceptive mentality is anti-God. It is a shutting off of God's creative power and goodness for our own purposes.

Is it an easy road to choose? Absolutely not. Nor is is something that should be undertaken lightly. But, it is worth it.

For more on the 40th anniversary, check out these resources.
*What the secular media thinks.
*One priests opinion on how to turn things around.
*One of the best arguments ever put to paper about the issue.
*A good debate between Janet Smith (pro-Humanae Vitae) and Fr. Charles Curran (anti-Humanae Vitae). You can bet that Dr. Smith knocks this one out of the park.
-Part I
-Part II

Pray for our Church and for conversion.

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