- Dec 8, 2019
In a pastoral letter marking the 50th anniversary of ‘Humane Vitae,’ Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver says the text was “prophetic” in the way it “defended the integrity of married love.”
Recent ferment points to possible new divisions within Catholicism over birth control, and possible new consensus in America on abortion.
German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, former president of the Pontifical Commission for Historical Sciences, and one of four cardinals who formally asked Pope Francis to clarify his teaching on Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, said Blessed Pope Paul VI’s ‘Humanae Vitae’ proves that ultimately, it is the Holy Spirit that “ensures that the faith of the church develops in the course of time” while remaining faithful to Christ’s teachings.
Catholic feminist Anna Keating says that beginning to see one’s fertility and biology, not as an enemy to be eradicated, but as an indicator of health to be understood, is a huge shift. Fertility Awareness gets people to think of themselves as fundamentally relational, and allows them to start thinking about what they want those relationships to look like.
Mary Rice Hasson, who heads the Catholic Women’s Forum, was part of a group that recently issued a statement affirming Church teaching on sexuality and artificial contraception, and she argues that the negative fallout of birth control affects women most, especially the poor and women of color.
After a U.K.-based group of Catholic theologians released a statement at the UN calling on the Catholic Church to reverse its teaching on birth control, another group of scholars in the States put out a rebuttal insisting that the teaching is “true and defensible on many grounds.”