Sunday, August 3, 2008

Almost getting Humanae Vitae

Mark Stricherz at Get Religion reviews some of the reporting on the 40th anniversary of the encyclical On the Regulation of Birth (Humanae Vitae). Stricherz says most reports did not quite get the central point, found in paragraph 13 Faithfulness to God's Design.
to experience the gift of married love while respecting the laws of conception is to acknowledge that one is not the master of the sources of life but rather the minister of the design established by the Creator. 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.

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