October 19, 2014, was a moment of great joy in the life of the Catholic Church; Pope Paul VI was beatified by Pope Francis. Fie is now Blessed Paul VI.
His beatification is a further vindication of the truth taught in his prophetic 1968 encyclical Humanae vitae. (Of Human Life--On the Regulation of Births).
In our view, this is one of the most important documents ever promulgated by the Church in view of the deepening worldwide moral chaos engendered by the contraceptive mentality, a "conspiracy against life" and "culture of death" had said Pope John Paul II of its consequences. "The sexual revolution has begun to devour its children," wrote American writer Patrick J. Buchanan in his 2002 book The Death of the West.
Fr. Raphael Simon (OCSO, MD St. Joseph's Abbey, Spencer, Mass) wrote the following in the Preface of Dr. Robert Jackson's book Human Ecology:
"As Pope Paul VI foresaw in his 1968 encyclical Humanae vitae, contraception has inevitably led to the problems we face today: promiscuity, abortion, euthanasia, the degradation of women, the spread of diseases and to what the Pope did not foresee explicitly, the deadly AIDS epidemic. Human dignity has been assaulted and the worth of human lives has been ignored as a result of detaching human sexuality from its naturally determined role of procreation, which deepens the union of spouses who together value human life."
Our society seems to have given up on self-control and self-discipline in important areas. Today many social forces, including television, the media, and the adult world, tend to undermine self-discipline. Most programs of sex education to which our children are subjected introduce them to and encourage promiscuity instead of educating them in responsibility. By not teaching abstinence and self-control, our society is exposing its adolescents to fatal plagues.
Also, "as a result of detaching human sexuality from its naturally determined role of procreation" (Simon, above), contraception has led to societal acceptance of sins against marriage. In a letter to Norman Lower in November 2012, Canadian philosophy professor Dr. Donald DeMarco said: "It becomes clearer almost with each passing day how the acceptance of contraception has led to some many evils, to the point that it is threatening society. Keep up the good fight, civilization is at stake."
In their pastoral message on the occasion of the 40 anniversary of Humanae vitae, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops...