Pope Paul VI would not have been surprised by the #MeToo movement and the problems in sexual behaviour we witness today, according to Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.

“The Church in Humanae Vitae identified and rejected sexual exploitation of women years before that message entered the cultural mainstream,” he said last week in a keynote speech at a symposium at the Catholic University of America, celebrating 50 years since the encyclical’s publication.

“The #MeToo movement, emotional wreckage, sexual disease and date rape are the realities we’ve inherited from the sexual revolution. Paul VI would not be surprised,” Archbishop Chaput said.

The widespread use of contraception had led to increased objectification of women and infidelity, he said, and Humanae Vitae had foretold this.

“Much of the moral conflict, broken family life, social unravelling and gender confusion that seems so common today stems – directly or more subtly – from our disordered attitudes toward Creation, and our appetite to master, reshape and even deform nature to our wills. We want the freedom to decide what reality is. And we insist on the power to make it so,” the archbishop said.

“Each of his [Paul VI’s] warnings has come true, in ways more tragic than he could imagine,” he continued.

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