Humanae Vitae

Encyclical Letter on Birth Control


By: Paul VI, Pope

Format: A5 paperback

Dimensions: 14.8cm by 21cm

ISBN : 9781860825170

Number of Pages: 32

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Publication Date: 19 May 2008

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Product Code: DO786


This groundbreaking encyclical is now available only in Love's True Meaning, a commentary on Humanae Vitae 50 years on.

In its profound teachings on marriage, the Second Vatican Council in 1965 stated precisely what difficulties husband and wife can face in relating their mutual love and the parenthood which naturally arises from expressions of that love. The Council reiterated the ancient and once universal Christian teaching that the morality of married intimacy depends on “preserving the full meaning of mutual giving and human procreation in a context of true love”. It said that some questions about ways of regulating procreation were being studied by a commission (set up when the “pill” became available), so that the Pope could give his judgment on how God’s law applies to those ways. Humanae Vitae is Pope Paul VI’s judgment, issued in 1968, applying the Council’s teaching to those new questions, and later solemnly reaffirmed by Pope John Paul II and the Synod of Bishops. It is a momentous restatement of how love must, and must not, be expressed if it is to be marital love, true to the nature of human persons and of real marriage as a high and most significant calling. In this 40th anniversary year of the encyclical, the CTS commissioned a new translation from the Latin text, with notes on some earlier translations, by John Finnis, Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy in the University of Oxford, Fellow of the British Academy, a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and formerly of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and of the Holy See’s International Theological Commission.(Please note this new edition replaces our previous edition of Humanae Vitae, code DO411, ISBN 9781860820618)

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Great little book. Useful for my wife and I, who are American catholics working in the Middle East. Great source for marriage prep catechesis, and since it is lightweight it is great for travel purposes.