Theology of the Body in a Nutshell #HumanaeVitae50

Posted February 26, 2018 8:46 am by Ellen Gable Hrkach

Theology of the Body in a Nutshell #HumanaeVitae50

This year, Pope Paul VI’s encyclical, Humanae Vitae (On Human Life) turns 50.  Humanae Vitae re-affirmed the Church’s 2000 year teaching that artificial birth control was immoral and “intrinsically evil.” To celebrate this milestone, I’ll be re-posting many of my NFP/Theology of the Body-themed articles.
This week: Theology of the Body in a Nutshell
So what is NFP (or Natural Family Planning)? NFP is safe, healthy and effective. Most importantly, it is a morally acceptable way to avoid and achieve pregnancy.
If we look at the four components of God’s love for us (free, total, faithful, fruitful) and compare God’s love to marital

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