Humanae Vitae and NFP: my testimony

pope paul viRecently, in an interview with an Italian newspaper, Pope Francis was reported as expressing praise for Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI’s encyclical on the regulation of birth in keeping with God’s natural laws and Divine laws. Pope Francis reportedly said that Pope Paul VI was “prophetic” and that he “had the courage to place himself against the majority, defending the moral discipline, exercising a culture brake, opposing present and future neo-Malthusianism,.” He indicated that the time has come to delve deeper into the encyclical and develop a  pastoral response to its teachings. Faithful Catholics welcome the Pontiff’s words and look forward to a renewed commitment to promulgating the timeless teachings of the encyclical.

The rest of my testimony is published on the Catholic Insight website. I invite you to read it here.







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16 Responses to Humanae Vitae and NFP: my testimony

  1. SaintlySages says:

    Thank you for sharing your testimony, T. An inspiring story of faith in Divine Providence. God bless you and your family!

  2. Anabelle @Written By The Finger of God says:

    Beautiful testimony Terry. You were blessed that your marriage prep mentioned NFP. Our marriage prep class pretended like it didn’t exist and it wasn’t until a year into our marriage that we discovered it.

  3. 9jaime says:

    I have actually never read Humanae Vitae, so thank you for reminding me. I’m throwing it in with an order for a couple books. When Mike and I were in our engagement classes, we actually had a couple teach very well on NFP. It was obvious that none of the couples in the class planned on using NFP, but several years later we had a change of heart. Their example still reminds me of how important it is to surrender our fertility to God, even though it took us a few years to “get it” and apply it to our marriage. I very much enjoyed your post. Blessings.

  4. stclementmom says:

    “With God’s gift of hindsight, I see now that those moments of panic, fear, and anger were some of the greatest moments of my spiritual growth. It was in those dark periods that He showered me with His great mercy.” Sing it, sister. So true.

  5. averagecatholic says:

    I blogged about your article at Your article is wonderful. My own experience with a large family is that it has not always been easy, but is God’s plan for us, strengthening our marriage. Having eight kids is expensive, and a lot of work! But I have a wonderful wife, and just adore the kids. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

    God bless you.

  6. Paul H. Lemmen says:

    Reblogged this on Dead Citizen's Rights Society.

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