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"The Truth of Humanae Vitae does not change"



My Predecessor of venerable memory, the Servant of God Paul VI, published, on July 25, 1968, the Encyclical Letter Humanae Vitae. That document very soon became a sign of contradiction. Written under the light of an excruciating decision, it constitutes a significant gesture of courage in the confirmation of the continuity of the doctrine and of the Tradition of the Church. That text, often misunderstood and distorted, caused much discussion, also because it was set at the dawn of [an age of] strong dissents which marked the life of entire generations.
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The truth expressed in Humanae Vitae does not change; rather, in light of the new scientific findings, its teaching becomes even more up to date and induces reflection upon its intrinsical value.
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The teaching expressed by the Encyclical Humanae Vitae is not easy. It is, nonetheless, pursuant to the fundamental structure by which life has always been transmitted, since the Creation of the world, in respect of nature and in conformity with its demands. The concern for human life and the safeguard of the dignity of the person impose upon us not to leave anything untried so that it may be shared with all people the genuine truth of responsible conjugal love in full adherence to the law written in the heart of every person.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wasn't aware the cause of sainthood had been opened for Paul VI. Surely there are uncanonized Popes in the history of the Church who are more worthy of such an honor.

Jordanes said...

Oh, how the Currans and O'Learys of the modern church will fret and gnash their teeth over these welcome words from our Holy Father!

Chris said...

I had just blogged about Humanae Vitae yesterday.
Can you tell me where you found the English translation? On the Vatican website I can only find it in Italian.

Anonymous said...

Alice Von Hildebrand is one of the main sources behind blocking that cause for Paul VI because of the way he shafted her husband during the wake of the chaos of the council.

Look at the following link and you will see why:
http://catholictradition.blogspot.com/2006_04_01_catholictradition_archive.html#114496560365866115


At my college graduation, Bishop John McGee of Cloyne, Ireland and former papal secretary to Pope Paul VI gave the commencement speech. He went on and on about Pope Paul VI and what he did for the Church in going through the aggornamento and in dealing with the rebellious Archbishop Lefebvre and he said "I hope I am alive to see the day when he is canonized as Pope St. Paul the Great." Everyone clapped like crazy but I refused to do so. I wanted to gag. I pray for the soul of Pope Paul VI but I do not think he is worthy of being canonized.

-M.M.

New Catholic said...

Chris, we translated these excerpts. It will take a few weeks before the whole translated text is available at the Vatican website.

Ottaviani said...

Dr. Luigi Villa, an Italian priest who dedicated most of his life to exposing the subversion of the church at the request of Padre Pio, also wrote an account of why Paul VI should not be beatified, which was used as a "devil's advocate" account for the cause. I believe it blew the whole beatification process out of the water.

The book is in pdf format here

There is also another book against the canonisation of John Paul II by the same priest, but it's only available in Italian:

http://www.chiesaviva.com/giovannipaolo.htm

Anonymous said...

The title "the Great" seems to get thrown around a lot these days too.

Anonymous said...

Humanae Vitae in English:

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/paul_vi/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-vi_enc_25071968_humanae-vitae_en.html

Neal

Anonymous said...

"The concern for human life and the safeguard of the dignity of the person impose upon us not to leave anything untried so that it may be shared with all people ..."

Does this include commanding the Canadian bishops to accept it? Because they rejected it when it first came out, and, last I heard, they haven't undergone a change of heart in the meantime.

Neal

Anonymous said...

What about the truth of "Castii Connubii" which places the two "ends" of marriage in a firmly hierarchical order, unlike that of "Humanae Vitae" which places them on equal footing? Does that truth change?

NCTradCatholic said...

God bless Father Luigi Villa! No doubt he has suffered for his honesty re Paul VI, and, in the case of John Paul II, will suffer even more.

LeonG said...

Pope Paul VI's (RIP) alleged sodomy is also a very poignant question. It is a controversy that will not go away, whether Catholics like it or not. It is not just an idle accusation but it carries with it considerable evidence. While Humanae Vitae is a most admirable Roman Catholic document, it was published in many respects against his liberal nature. However, it is an encyclical certainly very worthy of a pope.
Even more trenchant is the fact that Cardinal Suenens led the public outcry against it and encouraged lay Catholics to disobey the encyclical. There are extremely profound adolescent memories of bishops and priests openly urging catholic couples to rebel against its teachings in the false spirit of "primacy of conscience": indeed, that erroneous post-conciliar metre-rule for inciting mass disobedience to the Roman Catholic Faith.

It is by exploiting and manipulating this ideology of conscience first and foremost that "the truth", appealed to in this article, shifts ground on a regular basis. This is one of the fundamental tenets of neomodernism - truth has to evolve with the spirit of the times. St Paul gave unequivocal instruction on avoiding this neomodernistic and secularising myth 2,000 years ago. How indicative of the fact that the same old lies repeat themselves throughout history but keep reappearing under different labels.

As to Dr Luigi Villa, he has survived several attempts on his life and lost many teeth in the process of his investigations into the anti-Catholic world of the freemasons. St Pio da Pietrelcina was very definitely aware of immense subversion going on throughout The Church, including the liturgy of the same pope.

Pope Paul VI will never be beatified let alone canonised.

Anonymous said...

Ottaviani,
Thank you for your post. I am reading the devil's advocate account with interest and will proceed after that to the JP2 book.

Could you explain a bit more about St. Padre Peo's request, his concerns about V2 and his relationship with Fr. Dr. Luigi Villa?

Yours in Jesus and Mary,
Jerry, SFO

LeonG said...

Ottaviani

Excellent post.

Dr Luigi Villa was certainly called upon by Padre Pio who was against the new liturgy and extremely concerned about the Vatican Councils works, although much has been done to shut this up and overplay his obedience to superiors. St Pio da Pietrelcina had a good sense of what was transpiring. Thankfully God took him from us three days before the Bugnini service undermined litugical life in the parishes irreparably.

I would like to read Fr Villa's chapter on "The Ecumenical Liturgy" but I have never found it. Do you know where it is?

Furthermore, St Paul VI (RIP) could not be canonised as his CV will not permit it. That in spite of enthusiastic efforts by his longstanding phenomenological successor. How courageous and admirable that Dr Villa has carried out his necessary but difficult mission in spite of attempts on his life. Desperate for a validating canonisation, the post-conciliar church will stop at almost nothing to achieve this. As Chaucer has reminded us, the truth will always out. It may be painful but it is an imperative of the Christian life.

Ottaviani said...

LeonG - All the chapters and pages are in the pdf file.

Jerry SFO - I read in an interview with Alice von Hildebrand for the Latin Mass Magazine (who knew Rev. Dr. Luigi Villa personally) that he met Padre Pio.

Padre Pio complained frequently of Freemasonry in the church.

Dr. Luigi Villa has also written a report on John XXIII here.

Anonymous said...

TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2008

Attorney Seeks to Question Pope about Molestation
VATICAN COVERUP IN PLACE SINCE 1962
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Attorney seeks to question pope about sex abuse

LOUISVILLE, Ky. May 13, 2008 (AP) -- An attorney is seeking a court order to question Pope Benedict XVI in an ongoing church sex abuse case, saying the holy father is the most knowledgeable person alive about what the Catholic Church knew about sex abuse allegations.

Louisville attorney William McMurry said because the pope is 81 years old, he may not be available to give testimony later in the case. "The passage of time not only raises questions of Pope Benedict XVI's continued availability but also increases the likelihood that his memory of events dating back many years will grow less reliable," McMurry said.

The request comes in a suit brought by three men alleging the Vatican orchestrated a coverup of priests sexually abusing children in the United States since 1962. McMurry is seeking class-action status, saying there are thousands of victims nationally. The case is being considered by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.

Before he was pope, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith and oversaw reports of sexual abuse by priests. That office, along with its predecessor, the Congregation of the Holy Office, were directly involved with the investigation of sexual abuse by clerics.

McMurry said that would give Pope Benedict XVI an unparalleled knowledge of the scope of sex abuse complaints. "A witness is either important and crucial to this case or not," McMurry said. "The pope has certain knowledge relevant to this case."

Jeffrey Lena, the Berkeley, Calif.-based attorney for the Vatican, had little to say about the motion. "It's novel," Lena said. "It's not appropriate."

The case is likely to go to the U.S. Supreme Court, and Pope Benedict XVI may not live long enough to testify if the case is returned for trial, McMurry said. U.S. District Judge John Heyburn II ruled in January 2007 that the men may pursue their claim that top church officials should have warned the public or local authorities of known or suspected sexual abuse of children by priests in the Archdiocese of Louisville. Heyburn dismissed a large chunk of the lawsuit.

Along with the accusations against the Vatican, the suit challenges the constitutionality of the U.S. Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act, which generally gives immunity to foreign countries from most lawsuits. McMurry said the law violates the plaintiff's rights to a trial on the merits of the case. McMurry also claims that the law doesn't apply to the Holy See because of its dual role as a religious institution and country.

The Bush administration defended the law, saying the U.S. government has recognized the Vatican as a country since 1984 and that the president alone, not the court system, may recognize a country.

Many lawsuits stemming from the U.S. clergy sex abuse crisis have named the pope, the Vatican and other high-ranking church officials but have failed. Plaintiffs' lawyers who have sought to challenge that protection often could not serve Vatican officials with the papers, among other logistical problems.

Anonymous said...

TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2008

Attorney Seeks to Question Pope about Molestation
VATICAN COVERUP IN PLACE SINCE 1962
***
Attorney seeks to question pope about sex abuse

LOUISVILLE, Ky. May 13, 2008 (AP) -- An attorney is seeking a court order to question Pope Benedict XVI in an ongoing church sex abuse case, saying the holy father is the most knowledgeable person alive about what the Catholic Church knew about sex abuse allegations.

Louisville attorney William McMurry said because the pope is 81 years old, he may not be available to give testimony later in the case. "The passage of time not only raises questions of Pope Benedict XVI's continued availability but also increases the likelihood that his memory of events dating back many years will grow less reliable," McMurry said.

The request comes in a suit brought by three men alleging the Vatican orchestrated a coverup of priests sexually abusing children in the United States since 1962. McMurry is seeking class-action status, saying there are thousands of victims nationally. The case is being considered by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.

Before he was pope, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith and oversaw reports of sexual abuse by priests. That office, along with its predecessor, the Congregation of the Holy Office, were directly involved with the investigation of sexual abuse by clerics.

McMurry said that would give Pope Benedict XVI an unparalleled knowledge of the scope of sex abuse complaints. "A witness is either important and crucial to this case or not," McMurry said. "The pope has certain knowledge relevant to this case."

Jeffrey Lena, the Berkeley, Calif.-based attorney for the Vatican, had little to say about the motion. "It's novel," Lena said. "It's not appropriate."

The case is likely to go to the U.S. Supreme Court, and Pope Benedict XVI may not live long enough to testify if the case is returned for trial, McMurry said. U.S. District Judge John Heyburn II ruled in January 2007 that the men may pursue their claim that top church officials should have warned the public or local authorities of known or suspected sexual abuse of children by priests in the Archdiocese of Louisville. Heyburn dismissed a large chunk of the lawsuit.

Along with the accusations against the Vatican, the suit challenges the constitutionality of the U.S. Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act, which generally gives immunity to foreign countries from most lawsuits. McMurry said the law violates the plaintiff's rights to a trial on the merits of the case. McMurry also claims that the law doesn't apply to the Holy See because of its dual role as a religious institution and country.

The Bush administration defended the law, saying the U.S. government has recognized the Vatican as a country since 1984 and that the president alone, not the court system, may recognize a country.

Many lawsuits stemming from the U.S. clergy sex abuse crisis have named the pope, the Vatican and other high-ranking church officials but have failed. Plaintiffs' lawyers who have sought to challenge that protection often could not serve Vatican officials with the papers, among other logistical problems.

Anonymous said...

FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2008

At Synagogue Pope Tells Two Lies in Two Paragraphs
by Michael A. Hoffman II
http://revisionistreview.blogspot.com/2008/04/
at-synagogue-pope-tells-two-lies-in-two.html

Pope Benedict XVI is certainly a prolific liar. During his brief speech at the luxurious New York synagogue he told two lies in the course of two paragraphs. The following is a New York Times transcript of the remarks Pope Benedict XVI made at the Park East Synagogue on April 18, as supplied by the Vatican and checked against delivery:

PARAGRAPH ONE:

"Dear Friends, Shalom! It is with joy that I come here, just a few hours before the celebration of your Pesah, to express my respect and esteem for the Jewish community in New York City. The proximity of this place of worship to my residence gives me the opportunity to greet some of you today. I find it moving to recall that Jesus, as a young boy, heard the words of Scripture and prayed in a place such as this."

LIE #1: "Jesus, as a young boy, heard the words of Scripture and prayed in a place such as this."

TRUTH: "A place like this" (a Talmudic synagogue of the religion of Orthodox Judaism) did not exist when Jesus Christ was a boy. A synagogue contains soferim (scrolls) manuscripts, and books containing the formerly Oral "Traditions of the Elders" committed to writing. The dreadful and fateful substitution of man-made laws for God's law was only institutionalized after the Jewish leadership had the Messiah of Israel crucified. The corruption of their souls resulting from the spectacular evil accruing from this act led to the formation of the new religion of "Judaism" and its basis in the Bible-nullifying Mishnah and Gemara, forming the Talmud of Babylon. As a boy, Jesus was in no such place containing any such dogma.

PARAGRAPH TWO:

"I thank Rabbi Schneier for his words of welcome and I particularly appreciate your kind gift, the spring flowers and the lovely song that the children sang for me. I know that the Jewish community make a valuable contribution to the life of the city, and I encourage all of you to continue building bridges of friendship with all the many different ethnic and religious groups present in your neighborhood. I assure you most especially of my closeness at this time, as you prepare to celebrate the great deeds of the Almighty, and to sing the praises of Him who has worked such wonders for his people. I would ask those of you who are present to pass on my greetings and good wishes to all the members of the Jewish community. Blessed be the name of the Lord!"

LIE #2: "...as you prepare to celebrate the great deeds of the Almighty..."

TRUTH: Judaism's Passover, like Judaism's Noah, Judaism's King David, Judaism's Isaiah etc. etc. is not the Biblical Passover. It is a synthesis of Babylonian superstitions on the part of latter-day Baal priests who worship themselves as greater than God. Pope Benedict does the work of the devil in deliberately giving the impression that Judaism is an Old Testament religion whose holy days give reverence and glory to God. This deceit is intentional on his part since, as a top Catholic scholar in his previous life as Vatican II theologian and cardinal, Pope Benedict is acutely aware of the Talmud and the Talmudic roots of Judaism. But as one of the gang, so to speak, he aids in deceiving the world in the manner in which the rabbis want the world to be deceived.

Fianally, you will note that Benedict concluded his oration with a generic phrase, "Blessed be the name of the Lord!" He dares not actually mention the name of God, not even God as He is named in the Old Testament ("Yahweh"), since the Mishnah superstitiously forbids the pronunciation of Yahweh's name, except once a year. You will also note that Benedict did not dare to say "Praise the Lord Jesus Christ" in that synagogue, since the invocation of the hated name of the Savior of Israel would have had a searing effect on the Pharisees present.

Anonymous said...

Interesting that Benedict XVI only refers to Humanae Vitae when he absolutely has to -- unlike John Paul II who, at the start of his pontificate, referred to it quite often. The whole thing remains very problematic.

LeonG said...

Humanae Vitae disturbs modernists which is why it is remarkable that the liberal Pope Paul VI (RIP) decided to issue it. As JP II (RIP) was an ardent admirer of the predecessor, once removed, he would have been only too ready to cite this encyclical, along with others. It is also clear that in this area we can discern certainly that John Paul II was pro-life.

The rebellion against it remains fresh in my mind. I was quite taken aback as a young Catholic to witness priests and bishops publicly criticise it and encourage lay people to disobey it as a matter of conscience. My parents were appalled at the antipathy towards it.

How pitiful that the same pope of Humanae Vitae undermined the liturgy with Bugnini's handiwork.