Revisiting Humanae Vitae – Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Two days after the publication of Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI remarked during his Wednesday audience that the encyclical had “clarified a fundamental chapter … in the field of marriage, family and morality.”  “Still,” the pope added, “the Magisterium of the Church could and perhaps should return to this immense field with a fuller, more organic and more synthetic treatment.” 1  At the time, this comment must have left an indelible mark on the mind of a Polish cardinal named Karol Wojtyla.  Once he became Pope John Paul II, there was no field of theology that he returned to more often than the teachings of Humanae Vitae.  In fact, what has been summarized as his most profound theological contribution, Theology of the Body, John Paul II labeled the entire work a “rereading of Humanae Vitae.” 2

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