Papal Encyclical

Cardinal Gerhard Muller: ‘True Reform of the Church Is About Her Renewal in Christ’

By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, July 5, 2019 In a wide-ranging interview that discusses the Pan-Amazon synod and the Church in his home country of Germany, the cardinal says Western Christianity is experiencing a crisis of faith and spiritual leadership. The thinking behind the... read more

Whither Now? and What is the Church?

By Robert Royal, October 15, 2018 A typical milky blue sky, fresh then hot, presided over yesterday’s canonizations. And St. Peter’s Square was surprisingly packed mostly with Spanish and Italian speakers, but also many Poles and Americans, and small groups of others. It was a welcome pause... read more

Hostile reactions from Catholics against the encyclical suggest the Church has lost its mission

This article by journalist Malcolm Muggeridge appeared in the Catholic Herald of August 9, 1968. We republish it today to mark the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae. Muggeridge was eventually received into the Church 14 years later, at the age of 79. If ten years ago I had considered the... read more

Can Humanae Vitae’s Teachings Change?

Analysts who spoke with the Register stressed that any reinterpretations must be in full doctrinal continuity with Paul VI’s countercultural message. By Edward Pentin, July 13, 2018 As speculation mounts about a possible revision or reinterpretation of Blessed Paul VI’s landmark... read more

Humanae Vitae needs no update, commission chair says

By Andrea Gagliarducci Vatican City, May 23, 2018 / 02:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The professor who chaired a Vatican study group on Humanae Vitae stressed that the Bl. Paul VI’s encyclical “needs no updating.” Professor Gilfredo Marengo, of the Pontifical Theological Institute for Studies... read more

A Re-reading (‘Relectio’) of “Humanae Vitae” – Part 1

By E. Christian Brugger, April 28, 2018 To “peruse” a text means to examine it carefully. To “reperuse” it means to return to it in order to examine it even more carefully, perhaps in light of new information relevant to its understanding. This type of re-examination, called in Latin a... read more

St. John Paul II’s Fresco

By Michael J. Ortiz, April 2, 2018 Each year, five million tourists view the 5000 square feet of Michelangelo’s amazing frescoes in the Sistine Chapel in Rome which depict Biblical scenes from the Fall to the Last Judgment. The Cappella Sistina is one of the great patrimonies of humanity. It... read more

Pontifical Gregorian University Hosts Series of Talks to Take New Look at Humanae Vitae

Organizers say the aim is to take a new and broad look at the encyclical “in the context of a time of change” and because difficulties have become “more complex.” Edward Pentin Blog, October 21, 2017 The Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome is hosting a series of talks from October... read more

Brilliant Prophetic Document to Begin October for Victory

One of the greatest Marian popes of all time speaking of calamities and family unraveling showed in a simple, powerful way the only answer for our cataclysmic time. By Joseph Pronechen Did Venerable Pius XII get a glimpse into our future too as he spoke of his times in the encyclical... read more

Head of Vatican pro-life academy: John Paul II began ‘revolution’ to give adulterers Communion

By Claire Chretien September 26, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The President of the Pontifical Academy for Life has defended the Pope’s recent replacement of the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family with a school focused on Amoris Laetitia, and argues it is in fact a revamping... read more

THE SPLENDOR OF TRUTH IN 2017

By Charles J. Chaput, October 2017 There are times when we must sink to the bottom of our misery to understand truth, just as we must descend to the bottom of a well to see the stars in broad daylight.” Those are strong words, written by the Czech activist Václav Havel in his essay “The... read more

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