Only a few days before he died, Father Paul Marx returned to the topic that had so often occupied him during his long decades as a pro-life missionary, namely, the great encyclical Humanae Vitae. He sent me this short article, in which he underlines the accuracy of Pope Paul VI’s predictions about what would happen if conception became prevalent in society. We send it out now both because it contains timeless truths, and also to honor our Founder and long-time Chairman, Fr. Marx, who has gone to be with the Father.
Steven W. Mosher
Prophecies of Humanae Vitae
by Fr. Paul Marx, OSB
On July 25, 1968, Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae re-affirmed the Catholic teaching on life, love and human sexuality. In that document, he listed the consequences of life lived outside Catholic teaching.
He predicted that:
- Contraception would lead to conjugal infidelity.
- Contraceptive practice would lead to a “general lowering of morality.”
- Contraception would lead men to cease respecting woman in their totality and would cause them to treat women as “mere instruments of selfish enjoyment” rather than as cherished partners.
- And finally, widespread acceptance of contraception by couples would lead to a massive imposition of contraception by unscrupulous governments.
In other words, Pope Paul VI predicted that contraception would evolve from “a lifestyle choice” into a weapon of mass destruction. How dreadfully his prophecy has been vindicated by population control and coercive sterilization programs, fertility reduction quotas and the promotion of abortion literally everywhere in the world.
Contraception’s destruction of the integrity of the marital act—as unitive and procreative—has dire consequences for society and for our souls. Contraception, in other words, is a rejection of God’s view of reality. It is a wedge driven into the most intimate sphere of communion known to man outside of the Holy Sacrament of the Mass. It is a degrading poison that withers life and love both in marriage and in society.
By breaking the natural and divinely ordained connection between sex and procreation, women and men—but especially men—would focus on the hedonistic possibilities of sex. People would cease seeing sex as something that was intrinsically linked to new life and to the sacrament of marriage.
Does anyone doubt that this is where we find ourselves today?