Appeared in Vol. 4 No. 3

The recent death of Pope Paul VI calls to mind his steady perseverance in teaching the truths of faith in troubled times. none of his teachings was more stormily received than Humanae Vitae, wherein the condemnation of artificial contraception overshadowed in the popular mind Paul’s reverent and compelling discourse on the sacredness of life itself. In the brief reflection that follows, Ronda Chervin discusses the connection between the sense of the sacred in life and the immorality of contraception, and in so doing pays tribute to the sensitivity of a truly holy Pope.

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