What Did Pope Paul VI Predict Would Be the Effects of Contraception?




Full Question

What did Pope Paul VI say when he predicted the detrimental effects contraception would have on marriage?

Answer

In section 17 of his encyclical Humanae Vitae Pope Paul VI wrote that contraception would have the following consequences:

1. open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards

2. the government might force contraceptives upon married couples

3. loss of respect for women

4. a loss of humility regarding humanity’s role, we would begin to see ourselves as the ultimate masters of our nature


By Fr. Charles Grondin





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4 comments

  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    His predictions haven’t worked out that well…
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    1. open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards
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    OK. Marital infidelity has increased. Whether this is a bad thing is yet to be determined. Mankind determines morals. If we went with Yahweh-Jesus’ moral standards we’d still have slavery, sexism, discrimination against the disabled, condoning of genocide and the murder of innocents. It will be up to us to decide if infidelity is immoral, but we certainly don’t want to go back to biblical immorality.
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    2. the government might force contraceptives upon married couples
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    WRONG. There is absolutely no indication that this has happened anywhere except China, which is not a Christian country. Their solution produced bad results – too many men, not enough women – a recipe for disaster.
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    3. loss of respect for women
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    WRONG. Respect for women has grown significantly, as they may now own property, vote, hold jobs, be independent, have more control over their own bodies. The Pope was way off on this one.
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    4. a loss of humility regarding humanity’s role, we would begin to see ourselves as the ultimate masters of our nature
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    And what’s wrong with this? The foundation for Yahweh-Jesus has dissolved. There was no six day creation, no two-person DNA bottleneck, no global flood, no mass Exodus from Egypt, no conquest of Canaan – there is no foundation remaining for the Abrahamic gods, so we had better see ourselves as the masters of our own nature and destiny.

  2. Sam Reply

    If men got pregnant, contraception/abortion would be a holy sacrament. Forcing women to get pregnant, makes women LESS than men; men’s power over women goes back thousands of years and is unfair. I worked in a medical school’s genetics division. I saw children with no brains, no cranium. I saw children who would die at age 3, after agonizing pain. Contraception is fair, just and civilized.

  3. Maria. Barbiero Reply

    ONE million times right, Of what OUR BELOVED POPE SAID. The world don’t like to ear GOD LAW .!!I AM my self GOD .I don’t need God to say how to live my Sex life . How many CHILDREN’S I want .I want to have pleasure , Vacation,a luxury lifestyle ,. If we Trust GOD . We will go’ with the natural birth control. No side effects of Cancer, no divorce, LOVE the way The Almighty GOD SAY . AND Blessing will be upon us .!! THE Problem is the world teach . ME myself and I.. GOD SAY. If you Love me You don’t belong TO THE world..

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