Released by Pope Paul VI in 1968, Humanae Vitae, or "Of Human Life," established church teaching on family planning and artificial contraceptives. In the past several decades, this teaching has shaped the church — and the world.
On the show today:
- Jamie Manson, NCR columnist and books editor
- Todd Salzman, Amelia and Emil Graff Professor of Catholic Theology at Creighton University and co-author with Michael Lawler of The Sexual Person.
- Humanae Vitae further fueled the post-World War II culture wars over the meaning of sexuality, argue Todd Salzman and Michael Lawler.
- In commentary for NCR, Joseph Selling writes that what was being put forth to save traditional conclusions to Humanae Vitae is anything but traditional reasoning.
- Follow the rest of NCR's coverage of Humanae Vitae at 50.
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