WASHINGTON— In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Blessed Paul VI's papal encyclical, Humanae Vitae, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement. Originally published in 1968, Blessed Paul VI's letter promotes the whole human person in the context of marital love that respects both the spiritual and physical dimensions of man and woman, which is faithful, generous, and life-giving.
Cardinal DiNardo's full statement follows:
"Fifty years ago, today, Blessed Paul VI issued the
Encyclical Humanae Vitae. In it, he reaffirmed the beautiful truth
that a husband and wife are called to give themselves completely to each other.
Marriage reflects the love of God, which is faithful, generous, and
life-giving. Through their vocation, spouses cooperate with God by being open
to new human life.
Blessed Paul VI, who bore the criticism of Humanae Vitae
with charity and patience, courageously affirmed that when we love as God
designed, we experience true freedom and joy. He has also been proven correct
in his warnings about the consequences of ignoring the true meaning of married
On this anniversary, I encourage all to read and prayerfully
reflect upon this Encyclical, and be open to the gift of its timeless truths.
We wait in joyful anticipation for the canonization of Paul VI in October."
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