July 25, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical, Humanae Vitae (HV). That encyclical, and its subsequent contestation in certain “Catholic” circles, has been a defining moment of the past half-century.
The central teaching of HV (#12) is that there is an “inseparable connection, established by God, which man on his own initiative may not break, between the unitive significance and the procreative significance which are both inherent to the marriage act.”
That teaching challenges several elements of modernity:
First, there is a dispute over the meaning of creation. God’s creation is more than a statement of fact; it is an

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