Tuesday, March 24, 2009

April 15: Humanae Vitae

On April 15, the TOB online study will address the prophetic encyclical "Humanae Vitae" (Of Human Life) issued by Pope Paul VI. Alone in the world, the Pope insisted that the Church could not change its teaching on what was then quaintly called "the regulation of births."
Feel free to put your questions in the comment box for Father Loya to address during this important session!


Wall-Russ said...

What is your interpretation of the Sept. 27 1968 Canadian Bishops' Statement on the Encyclical "Humanae Vitae" (commonly referred to as the Winnipeg Statement)? Some say that this statement put the Canadian Church is schism with Rome. I believe that when the Winnipeg Statement is interpreted correctly, it does not contradict Humanae Vitae. This is evident when the Dec. 1, 1973 document of the CCCB, Statement on the Formation of Conscience, is taken into account.

xaipe said...

We'll have to bring the question to Fr. Loya during the class. A good guideline for interpreting just about anything said in terms of faith comes to us from St. Ignatius. He said that when anyone makes a statement that seems hard to reconcile with orthodox faith, we are morally obligated in charity to try to find a way to interpret it in an orthodox manner. If this is the case for ordinary conversations, all the more should it come into play when it's a matter of statements from bishops!