Fifty years after its promulgation, Pope Paul vi’s Encyclical, Humanae Vitae, is viewed by the
people of today in a completely different way: in 1968, it was considered a
courageous document — and therefore controversial — that ran contrary to the
attitude of that time, a time of sexual revolution in which reliable
contraceptives and access to abortion were essential. In those days, economists
also spoke of the “population bomb”, that is, the danger of overpopulation that
threatened wealthy nations, decreasing their prosperity.Two powerful forces, therefore, aligned themselves against the Encyclical:
the ideal of happiness that the sexual revolution promised to everyone, and
wealth, which would have been

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