Fifty years have passed since the bombshell of Humanae Vitae was dropped on the world, declaring the Catholic Church to be against artificial contraception and laying out a handbook for faithful spouses on the meaning of conjugal relations. Perhaps one of the most misunderstood documents in Church history, Humanae Vitae nevertheless has been proven to be correct in its teachings on everything from marriage to birth control. Pope Paul VI was unfortunately right when he predicted the dissolution of the family, the twisted meaning of sex, and the tragedy of abortion.
Fr John Trigilio, Jr, PhD, President of the priests and deacons of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy in the United States, said it best. “Since 1968, dissent from this official teaching among some theologians and non-adherence among many people have precipitated the dire predictions of the pope that promiscuity, pornography, divorce, remarriage, artificial conception and unnatural intercourse, would proliferate. Contraception has infected society with a culture of death that sees abortion, not as the murder of innocent unborn, rather as a mere personal choice. Marriage, family and even gender are being reinvented and distorted.”