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What do you think? Have they been fullfilled?

The Four “Prophesies” of Pope Paul VI
from the encyclical “Humanae Vitae”.

-The introduction of artificial contraception, the pope said, would lead to a widespread “conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality.”

-It would create a situation in which “the man” will lose respect for “the woman” and he would “no longer (care) for her physical and psychological equilibrium.” He will come to “the point of considering her as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment and no longer as his respected and beloved companion.”

-It would place a “dangerous weapon ... in the hands of those public authorities who take no heed of moral exigencies.”

-And most sobering in the face of the nearly unrestricted license to destroy, manipulate and experiment upon human beings through abortion and the artificial reproduction technologies industries, the pope predicted that contraception would lead man to feel that he can exercise a limitless “domination over his own body and its functions.”

Adapted from the following article:
"A Right to a Child?"
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/a-right...adlines%29

Yes.
Yes
Yes, Humanae Vitae was a very prophetic document. Even Richard McBrien admits that.

C.
If he got one thing right, it certainly was that encyclical. Spot on.
It's not THAT prophetic.  It is fairly obvious what it leads to and many Catholics had the same concerns at the time.  My parents certainly knew.  You only had to observe what was already going on in the 1960s.

Shame he couldn't see that protestantizing the mass would lead to the loss of faith of more than 100 million people.
(01-12-2011, 02:21 PM)ggreg Wrote: [ -> ]Shame he couldn't see that protestantizing the mass would lead to the loss of faith of more than 100 million people.

Ditto.
...and mauling every sacrament, blowing away minor orders, sucking up to the UN, etc etc etc ad nauseum. His undermining of every aspect of the faith has been an abject disaster.

As for Humanae Vitae, well, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in awhile.
(01-12-2011, 04:03 PM)cunctas_haereses Wrote: [ -> ]As for Humanae Vitae, well, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in awhile.

Interesting. I see it as the fact that it contained ex cathedra doctrinal statements and therefore was guided by God under His promise of the Pope's personal infallibility when speaking so.  Compare this to "sucking up to the UN" which is not protected, and therefore can be argued he did the wrong thing.

I think if we refer things like HV to squirrels finding nuts instead of their proper standings as ex cathedra statements, we're doing a disservice to the Church.  Then any statement could be a "squirrel finding a nut" and, it may be argued, a bad nut and therefore ignored.  If we don't give credit to what is Dogmatic as Dogmatic, and if we don't give credit to the charism of infallibility, besides not being intellectually honest, we're just undermining everything.
(01-12-2011, 04:14 PM)QuisUtDeus Wrote: [ -> ]
(01-12-2011, 04:03 PM)cunctas_haereses Wrote: [ -> ]As for Humanae Vitae, well, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in awhile.

Interesting. I see it as the fact that it contained ex cathedra doctrinal statements and therefore was guided by God under His promise of the Pope's personal infallibility when speaking so.  Compare this to "sucking up to the UN" which is not protected, and therefore can be argued he did the wrong thing.

I think if we refer things like HV to squirrels finding nuts instead of their proper standings as ex cathedra statements, we're doing a disservice to the Church.  Then any statement could be a "squirrel finding a nut" and, it may be argued, a bad nut and therefore ignored.  If we don't give credit to what is Dogmatic as Dogmatic, and if we don't give credit to the charism of infallibility, besides not being intellectually honest, we're just undermining everything.

Amen!
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