7/24-25 Church Persecuted

On this date in 1968, Pope Saint Paul VI issued Of Human Life (Humane Vitae). No single document of the Church has explained the downfall of society more than this one. He addressed “responsible parenthood” as “a more profound relationship to the objective moral order established by God, of which a right conscience is the faithful interpreter.” He noted that “responsible parenthood is exercised, either by the deliberate and generous decision to raise a numerous family, or by the decision, made for grave motives and with due respect of the moral law, to avoid for the time being, or even for an indeterminate period, a new birth.”(H.V. 10) The saintly pope speaks of illicit ways to regulate birth by various methods of artificial birth control, sterilization or direct abortion.  (H.V. 14) 53 years ago, he predicted the following “consequences of methods of artificial birth control:”-       Marital infidelity-       The general lowering of morality-       Men losing respect for women-       Men considering women as “mere instrument[s]                of selfish enjoyment,”-       Communities imposing contraception on the               population. (H.V. 25) After having a one-child policy for decades, Communist China now realizes there are more deaths than births and has established a three-child policy. The United States birth rate is now far below the replacement rate. What needs to change is for married couples to be partners in “a generous effort of fidelity to the divine law.” (H.V. 26)  (See www.ccli.org

Section I. Father De Celles: Religious Liberty

Section II. Special Column

Section III. Chronology of Attacks on Catholic Church Facilities and Statues

Section IV. Previous Church Persecuted Columns and Various Religious Liberty Articles