This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Humanae Vitae, the controversial encyclical by Pope Paul VI which defended the classic sexual framework and prophesied the devastating consequences that would result upon its rejection. As Bishop Barron reveals, those prophecies have since been strongly vindicated. A listener asks whether God hates anything since he is defined by love.

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 – Intro, What is Bishop Barron currently reading?
  • 2:10 – Who was Pope Paul VI?
  • 5:1o – What is the import of Evangelii Nuntiandi?
  • 8:45 – What does Pope Paul mean when talks about the unitive and procreative dimensions of the sexual act?
  • 11:45 – What are the prophecies Pope Paul makes in Chapter 17 of Humanae Vitae?
  • 23:00 – How is Humanae Vitae more powerful now than when it was written in 1968?
  • 27:54 – Listener Question: How can God “hate” something if God is love?

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2 comments on “WOF 111: Sex, Babies, and a Prophetic Pope

  1. Mary Claire Sitek Jan 23, 2018

    This is so good!! The most I’ve ever heard about these encyclicals. Thank you so much. And-your saw example did work!!
    I took many notes!!

  2. When Amoris Laetitia was released, I told Bishop Barron it will be used to destroy the concept of “intrinsically evil acts”. Bishop Barron respond me that AL has nothing to do with the notion of IEA.
    Now AL is being used to destroy Humanae Vitae definition of contraception as an IEA from the very same Pontificial Academy for Life.
    And even to justify the “blessing” of homosexual couples (another IEA) as Card. Marx suggested also based in AL.
    I hate to say: I was right and Bishop Barron was wrong.