Where’s the Humanae Vitae on Marriage?

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Coat of arms of Pope FrancisIt was 45 years ago, July 1968, that the Roman Catholic Church, and specifically Pope Paul VI, stunned the world with a beautifully bold document, Humanae Vitae. As the world—and especially the West—went full throttle in a hysterical push for birth control, abortion, and other progressive nostrums, the document stood athwart history yelling “stop!” Here, said the Church’s Magisterium, was one institution that would not swim with the cultural tide. The world could madly embrace this new “freedom,” this new “right,” this new so-called “good,” but the Church founded 2,000 years ago by Jesus Christ would not.

The Church cited its reasons. The document was profound and prescient, predicting the disaster and disorder to come.

Today, the Church needs another Humanae Vitae, this one to address so-called “gay marriage,” which the culture insists is a new freedom, a new right, a new so-called good. It’s sweeping America and the wider West, threatening to crush faithful Christians in its way.

In short, the world needs someone or something to stand up right now and yell “stop!” It’s hungering for leadership to spell out the disaster ahead, especially for the family, and with the great eloquence of truth and charity, of Scripture and tradition, of Biblical law and Natural Law.

That someone and something is Pope Francis and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. When he was a cardinal from Argentina, Cardinal Bergoglio boldly called same-sex marriage an effort by “the Father of Lies” (i.e., Satan) to “destroy God’s plan … and deceive the children of God.” At stake, he said, was “the total rejection of God’s law engraved in our hearts” and the very survival of the human family.

The world is begging for that moral clarity right now. And this pope, welcomed and beloved by liberal Catholics and secular progressives because of his care for the poor and the environment, is the perfect messenger for the time.

The Catholic faithful and people worldwide need to know the disaster and disorder ahead. We need a Humanae Vitae on marriage.

Dr. Paul Kengor


Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. His books include “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism” and “Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.”

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  • Adoration Servants

    Thank you. I pray Pope Francis provides that moral clarity. So far there seems to be only moral ambiguity.

  • chaizydain

    Yes, because THIS Pope is all about the condemnation of people. Or didn’t you read today’s news.

  • lightedlamp97

    That is the greatest danger I see in the church today, confusion again about where we stand. Just like new Christians, we must forge ahead and blaze the trail that truly leads to freedom. And yes, we must do so with great love. Look at your neighbor…no one is unaffected by the sexual revolution that has occurred in our great nation, not even I. You’re right, we need the Pope to step forward and say let’s recall together what we are as Catholics. He has yet to take a heroic stand on these difficult issues and the media and America is eating it up. It is a fine line between loving the sinner and admonishing the sin. In my own family, the difference between Catholics is defined by which side of the river you live on. (literally and figuratively) It’s the devils greatest trick, give someone an inch and they will take a mile. Boundaries keep everyone safe and allow others to understand and Respect our faith. There are times when words do matter. That time is now!

  • Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum!

    It won’t happen…. Pope Francis is on record as supporting “same-sex unions” as a cardinal in Argentina.

  • john bengfort

    The need is great, but I fear it is not to happen. The Pope is beginning to reveal himself. From his comments on the bus recently (http://themoynihanletters.com/), it is apparent he does not understand the profound pathophysiology of same-sex attraction, nor it’s role in sexual use of the young. Our recent (last 50 years) understanding of neuroplasticity clearly defines behavior modification/training effects on the brain and subsequent behavior–a topic which would not be forthrightly discussed in any current journal. We are molded. All of the societal forces currently are in favor of destroying boundaries as if doing such unleashed a totally “un-depraved” human.

  • Winston Barquez

    We know the constant teaching of the Church on this. No Pope or priest can change that.

  • Tom McGinn

    Some how the Holy Spirit will force the Truth to be spoken.