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Observing the 50th anniversary of Blessed Paul VI's Humanae Vitae

​Humanae Vitae--Proclaiming God's gifts of love and life to husband and wife 

Humanae Vitae turns 50 on July 25, 2018. The papal encyclical, written by Blessed Paul VI in 1968, provides beautiful and clear teaching about God's plan for married love and the transmission of life.  


'Timeless truths' of Humanae Vitae are a gift to the Church, says USCCB President Cardinal DiNardo on 50th anniversary of the encylical (Read)
Check out our special events below, and visit the USCCB website where new resources and events will be shared throughout the anniversary year. To mark the anniversary, the USCCB announced in May the publication of a 50th anniversary edition of Humanae Vitae.
This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the release of St. John Paul II's Vertatis Splendor. Reflecting on the "Splendor of Truth" Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia wrote:
"Written to encourage a renewal in Catholic moral theology and a return to its classical Catholic roots, Veritatis Splendor grounds itself in a few simple convictions. Briefly put: Truth exists, whether we like it or not. We don’t create truth; we find it, and we have no power to change it to our tastes. The truth may not make us comfortable, but it does make us free. And knowing and living the truth ennoble our lives. It is the only path to lasting happiness." (Read the full reflection)

Events in the Diocese 

"Humanae vitae: Everything you wanted to know, but didn't know who to ask"
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This event was held June 26 at the Catholic Information Center and featured the following segments:
  • “The Stage is Set: Humanae Vitae and Paul VI” – Sr. Colleen Ann Nagle, FSE, and DJ Florian
    - The historical context, the word spoken into that context (which had been spoken by the Church for millennia), the speaker, the aftermath
  • "Natural Family Planning: Pure and Simple” – Georgia Schmitz and Laura Chapin
    - NFP in its methodology and some of the distinctions between methods
  • “Natural Family Planning: Bringing it Home” – Julie and David Cook
    - Testimony: why and how we practice and the impact on our marriage and children 
Image: Humanae vitae Mass and picnic flyer with picture of CathedralOn Monday, July 23, Bishop Walkowiak and families from around the diocese came together for Mass at the cathedral followed by a picnic in the Catholic Central High School gym (rain location) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of Blessed Paul VI's Humanae Vitae. For the picnic, families were encouraged to bring a dinner basket as well as camp chairs/blankets. There was a community table for those who wished to bring a dish to pass. Beverages and desserts were provided by the diocese. 
(Photos coming soon!)



Natural Family Planning

Natural Family Planning, or NFP, is a method of birth regulation that is consistent with Catholic teaching by which a couple takes time to understand and recognize the natural and biological signs of fertility and infertility.
Our observance of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week (July 22-28, 2018) highlights the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. (Learn more)