There will always be people who do not understand that the Apostolic Church is the gift that Christ instituted for us and for our salvation, so that we will always have the TRVTH as God has given to us.wosbald wrote: ↑Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:25 am+JMJ+
No, Virginia, there’s no ‘secret commission’ on Humanae Vitae [Commentary]
A banner referencing "Humanae Vitae," the 1968 encyclical of Blessed Paul VI, is seen in the crowd at the conclusion of the beatification Mass of Blessed Paul celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 19. The Mass also concluded the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family. Blessed Paul, who served as pope from 1963-1978, is most remembered for "Humanae Vitae," which affirmed the church's teaching against artificial contraception. (Credit: Paul Haring/CNS..)
Rumors of late, circulated by mostly conservative blogs, have suggested that Pope Francis and Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia have created a secret commission to reevaluate the teaching of 'Humanae Vitae,' Pope Paul VI's 1968 encyclical on birth control. As it turns out, establishing the truth of the matter is even easier than generating the conspiracy theory in the first place.
According to the rumors, a commission to review the document was allegedly put together under the cover of darkness by Pope Francis and Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, who last year was appointed by the pontiff to head the Vatican’s Academy for Life and to serve as Grand Chancellor of the John Paul II Pontifical Institute.
Paglia has denied that any such commission exists. Speaking recently with Argentine journalist Andrés Beltramo Álvarez, Paglia said, “There’s no commission, that’s all been made up.”
This interview was published online on July 13 in the Spanish Alfa y Omega. Paglia himself provided a translation into English via Twitter.
Yet on Tuesday, Vatican Radio published a separate interview with Father Gilfredo Marengo, a professor of theological anthropology at the St. John Paul II institute in Rome. Responding to questions, he said he leads a “research group” on Humane Vitae.
That raised some eyebrows, since Marengo is precisely the man the rumors had identified as leader of the alleged “reinterpreting-the-document” commission. So, I picked up the phone, called the John Paul II Pontifical Institute, and asked to speak with him.
He wasn’t there, but the person on the other side of the line happily gave me his email. I wrote, and not ten minutes later I had a response.
Marengo told me that, together with colleagues, he’s part of a research group on Humane Vitae, but it “has nothing to do with ‘reforming the encyclical’.”
Instead, the group is going through archives and documents that have been preserved from that era to reconstruct the writing process behind the encyclical.
“This is a historical-critical investigation work. Nothing else,” he said.
Emphasizing what he told Vatican Radio, Marengo said he sees “no need nor value in reforming what Humane Vitae teaches: At the beginning of the interview, I recognize its ‘prophetic’ value.” …
Humanae vitae is not some new rule that Pope Paul invented. It is the ancient Apostolic teaching about Christian love, marriage, and procreation -- unchanged. It was simply restated for our current time and in the face to new technology and renewed rejection.
The encyclical in 1968 was prophetic. Pope Paul warned what would happen to cultures that re-embraced the pagan lust for contraception:
- There would be an overall lowering of morality in the culture.
- There would be an increase in adultery, divorce, and children conceived outside of marriage.
- Women would lose their status in society, and become objects of amusement for men.
- Governments would apply pressure and coercion to families, subsidizing or even forcing contraception and abortions.