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Humanae Vitae was ‘prophetically right’, says Pope

By on Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Pope Benedict XVI is given a copy of Light of the World by its author Peter Seewald  (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Pope Benedict XVI is given a copy of Light of the World by its author Peter Seewald (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Pope Paul VI proved “prophetically right” with Humanae Vitae, Pope Benedict XVI has said.

The Pope endorsed Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical re-affirming the Church’s stance on abortion, contraception and other issues of human life, and said “the basic lines of Humanae Vitae are still correct”.

Speaking to Peter Seewald during a six-hour interview, the Pope discussed the Church’s teaching on sexuality, including Paul VI’s encyclical, which was controversial because many expected the Church would change its teaching on contraception at the time.

Paul VI, he said, “was convinced that society robs itself of its greatest hopes when it kills human beings through abortion”.

Benedict XVI said: “How many children are killed who might one day have been geniuses, who could have given humanity something new, who could have given us a new Mozart or some new technical discovery?

“We need to stop and think about the great human capacity that is being destroyed here – even quite apart from the fact that unborn children are human persons whose dignity and right to life we have to respect.”

Humanae Vitae’s main argument, that sexuality separated from fecundity in principle through the contraceptive pill would lead to sexuality becoming arbitrary, remains correct, Pope Benedict said.

He said: “Logically, every form of sexuality is of equal value. This approach to fecundity as something apart from sexuality, so far apart that we may even try to produce children rationally and no longer see them as a natural gift, was, after all, quickly followed by the ascription of equal value to homosexuality.”

The Pope also briefly touched on the problem of presenting the Church’s teaching on sexuality to a society that was ignoring it.

Despite high numbers of people not following the Church’s teaching on sexual ethics, the Pope said that “statistics do not suffice as a criterion for morality”.

“Finding ways to enable people to live the teaching on the other hand is a further question,” the Pope said. “I think that there will always be core groups of people who are really open to being interiorly convinced and fulfilled by the teaching and who then carry everyone else. We are sinners. But we should not take the failure to live up to this high moral standard as an authoritative objection to the truth.

“We should try to do as much good as we can and to support and put up with each other. We should also try to express the teaching pastorally, theologically, and intellectually in the context of today’s studies of sexuality and anthropology so as to create the conditions for understanding so that people can realize that this is a great task on which work is being done and on which even more and better work needs to be done.”

Pope Benedict also repeated that the Church supported the “natural regulation of conception” because it was “not just a method but a way of life” and presupposes that couples take time for each other.

Therefore, he said, natural methods of regulation are “something fundamentally different from when I take the pill without binding myself interiorly to another person, so that I can jump into bed with a random acquaintance”.

  • aisake040188camaibau

    The key to heaven is Love.The two instrutment faith and hope will rest hear on earth but love will proceed on. As Catholic i believe in God ,creator of heaven and earth but if any one want to question is God exist please don't hestitate to email me ( country is a very religious and it is at the South Pacific Fiji Islands those question i really love to answer

  • Alien Jesus

    God is a projection.

    If God was a reality, then there would be no question; everyone on the planet would also see the same.

    God is an insult to existence, to man, to consciousness, to everything!

    God-oriented religions are a disease of the soul, a sickness of the mind, because God is only your fear, your dread, your anxiety, your insecurity.

    A God-oriented religion takes away everything that is beautiful in you and leaves behind just a dilapidated human being, crippled in every possible way.

    Only people who have a retarded mind, can believe in the fiction of God, can believe in heaven and hell, can pray to the empty sky.

    The ordinary masses whose average intelligence quotient is not more than seven years, (their bodies go on growing to seventy, eighty, but the mind stays somewhere between seven and fourteen; very rarely a man passes beyond fourteen).

    But a fanatic will not see the truth; he will try to continue his belief in a lie, will make all kinds of excuses.

    Fanatics don't understand logic, don't understand argument.

    It is all psychological sickness, and God is not the cure.

    Fanatics are just blind people.

    The infant school teacher asks, “Has any of you ever saved somebody's life?”
    The little boy ratbag raises his arm, “Yes, my nephew's.”
    “How did it happen? Tell us!” asks the teacher.
    The little boy says, “I hid my sister's birth control pills!”

    ''The ordinary masses whose average intelligence quotient is not more than seven years''

    Keep it coming ratbag this is such fun! you are just continuing to prove my point? Duh!!!

  • Spaceman

    God simply is not there, so there is no question of atheism or theism!!!

  • Spaceman

    What atheists??? take of your blinkers and try reading first! LOL

    ''does not believe in Godf”'

    I have no beliefs for or against, therefore not a theist or an atheist. Not!!!

    God simply is not there, so there is no question of atheism or theism.

    When I say there is no God, I am not saying that I disbelieve in God; even for disbelief, God has to be.

    I am simply saying there is no God, has never been – all definitions are inventions.

  • Spaceman

    “The idea of a personal God is an anthropological concept which I am unable to take seriously.

    I believe in Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with fates and actions of human beings.

    The most beautiful and most profound religious emotion that we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. And this mysticality is the power of all true science.”

    Albert Einstein

  • thomaspj

    This man – spaceman looks like a coward who has suferred a lot of ragging in like. Be a man show you true face and tell us what is your true name, sir? Do you still believe that the Catholic Church will jump on you to do away with you? This Catholic Church of your sick mind and of some more like you is no more in existence. For healthy minds open to Truth who seek the Truth will always come to The Catholic Church: Look at Tony Blair or for that matter Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman…Seek the Truth with a humble, open and Truthful mind and you will be healed… and Come to The Catholic Church as your True Mother, the Bride of Christ The Lord.

  • thomaspj

    Sir, you look like a TEENAGER….disoriented …….but may not be malicious. Prayer of a pure heart is always answered. Be a True Seeker and You will Find God the one and only in JESUS. Wish you alll the Best and Heaven's Blessings too.

  • Ratbag

    You can't find the road to perdition on your satnav…

  • paulsays

    go educate yourself