2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of Blessed Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life). “Humanae Vitae: the next 50 years” was a one-day conference that explored the past, present and — most importantly — the future of Humanae Vitae.
At the Humanae Vitae conference, Archbishop Aquila, Dr. Michel Therrien and Dr. Susan Selner-Wright explained Humanae Vitae and its many implications. A panel of clergy and lay leaders also presented their testimonies and their vision for educating current and future generations on the Church’s consistent teachings on human love, marriage and true happiness.
This event took place on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church.
God’s Plan for Love: A Light in the Darkness
Archbishop Aquila will address how Humanae Vitae serves as a great light amid a dark and confused world when it comes to human sexual intimacy. Humanae Vitae and Theology of the Body offer the “antidote” to the widespread false ideas of freedom and the purpose of sexuality that so many are suffering from today.
Listen to Archbishop Aquila’s talk on Humanae Vitae!
Conquering Nature: Liberalism, Sex and the Catholic Faith
Dr. Therrien will address the historical context for why Humanae Vitae needed to be written and why it continues to be largely ignored. Is it simply a difficult teaching, or is it also a teaching that is difficult to understand? In answering this question, the indispensable value of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body to the new evangelization will also be explore.
Listen to Dr. Therrien’s talk on Humanae Vitae!
Humanae Vitae, A Gift to Women and Men
Dr. Selner-Wright will explain the meaning of some of the more challenging teachings conveyed in this important encyclical by Pope Paul VI, specifically understanding and living out the true meaning and mission of marriage and responsible parenthood.
Listen to Dr. Selner-Wright’s talk on Humanae Vitae!
“Every Catholic has a mission to live and share the good news of God’s plan for human sexuality. This requires courage to stand against the prevailing cultural winds, but Jesus calls us to nothing less. Only living in the truth will give us true freedom, true love, and true happiness.”
– Archbishop Aquila
Humanae Vitae (On Human Life) is an encyclical that was written in 1968 by Blessed Paul VI. Humanae Vitae tackles the topic of God’s purpose for human sexuality, procreation and parenthood within the context of marriage. While Pope Paul VI’s bold challenge to the use of contraception remains controversial to the wider culture, his teaching on the aftermath of the contraceptive culture remains prophetic.
In 1968, Pope Paul VI foresaw that the use of contraception would lead to an increase in marital infidelity, general lowering of moral standards, reduction of women to objects of pleasure for men, and the coercive use of contraception methods by government authorities. The mounting empirical evidence provided largely by secular social scientists, and a quick glance at the nightly news, have made it difficult to deny that Pope Paul VI was anything, but spot-on in his foresight.
Read the full encyclical here.