Pope Paul VI Issues Encyclical Declaring Contraception a Sin

Pope Paul VI Issues Encyclical Declaring Contraception a Sin

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Pope Paul VI publishes the encyclical Humanae Vitae, emphasizing the Catholic position on family and condemning all artificial methods of birth control.

According to the encyclical, the purpose of both marriage and sex is procreation, and this purpose originates with God. Therefore, the use of contraception is something that thwarts the will of God and is thus a sin.

Pope Paul VI writes:

"Just as man does not have unlimited dominion over his body in general, so also, and with more particular reason, he has no such dominion over his specifically sexual faculties, for these are concerned by their very nature with the generation of life, of which God is the source. . . .

Every matrimonial act must remain open to the transmission of life. To destroy even only partially the significance of intercourse and its end is contradictory to the plan of God and to His will. ...

In preserving intact the whole moral law of marriage, the Church is convinced that she is contributing to the creation of a truly human civilization. She urges man not to betray his personal responsibilities by putting all his faith in technical expedients. In this way she defends the dignity of husband and wife."

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