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Topic: Humanae Vitae

Catholic world mourns renowned biblical scholar Cardinal Martini

The influential Italian Jesuit died today aged 85

Thank goodness for Bishop-elect Egan. Humanae Vitae, he says, is infallible

On the other hand, an obituary of my chaplain in the 1960s recalls the encyclical’s very divided reception

A heretical priest has renounced his errors. That’s fine. But he also paid for two abortions; has he expressed penitence for THAT? The CDF isn’t saying

Collaboration with the procurement if an abortion attracts automatic excommunication: has any excommunication been officially lifted? Is he in fact sorry he did it?

What is sex for?

Anglicans (and Catholics) get themselves in a muddle over gay marriage because they’ve forgotten the meaning of sex

Never underestimate the self-giving of the Catholic priesthood

We easily forget those good priests whose reputations can be permanently tarnished by false accusations

Bishops should stop worrying about decline and start encouraging couples to be open to life

People are often too afraid or too selfish to have larger families

The influential economist who tried to reverse Church teaching on birth control

That was in 1967, the year before Humanae Vitae. I wonder what Barbara Ward would think now

Vatican: Pope’s words on condoms do not mark change in Church teaching

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issues clarification about Benedict XVI’s remarks in Light of the World

Humanae Vitae was ‘prophetically right’, says Pope

In interview with Peter Seewald the Pope strongly affirms 1968 encyclical that ruled against use of contraception

In new book, Pope says abuse crisis left him ‘stunned’

In a wide-ranging and candid interview the Pope describes crisis as ‘a tremendous cloud of filth which darkens everything’