Sunday, July 27, 2008

Humanae Vitae

Friday was the 40th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's prophetic encyclical Humanae Vitae or Human Life. There is an excellent summary of what this encyclical teaches us about human sexuality and its social ramifications here at Darwin Catholic.

Darwin writes...

...Paul VI, on the other hand, courageously and contrary to the advice of many who had their fingers upon the pulse of the world, reaffirmed in Humanae Vitae that human life is, as God's creation, meant to work a certain way. That sex results in new life is not some accident or medical deficiency to be "cured" by new medical technology, but rather the way in which humans were meant to cooperate in God's creative work. The reproductive potential of intercourse is inherent and essential to it, and to actively remove that potential changes the act in a fundamental way...
...The question that faced and continues to face humanity is what to do about this in the face of modern technology which allows us to strip that reproductive function (with degrees of success depending upon the method) out of the sexual act...

...Lots of people with a supposedly rational and naturalistic view of the universe apparently imagined that changing a fundamental element of human physiology (which from a strictly naturalistic point of view must clearly be one of the biggest shapers of human society and culture) would leave existing social structures intact while allowing people to be just a bit more free and joyful in their sexuality. It did not prove to be so...
...[Those of us who] choose to continue living a human life, rather than a sex life, we know roughly what our social institutions and familial relations will continue to look like. We will continue to live as humans have always lived...

...How exactly those who have chosen to live a sex life instead of a human life shall eventually sort out their society remains to be seen.

The sorting out of modern society and the altering of family and social structures based on the now widely accepted split between sex and human reproduction is well underway. Divorce, abortion, artificial fertilization, same sex marriage, infanticide, genetic selection...how will it all end?

Read the whole of Darwin's post, Human Life, here.

Joseph Bottom at First Things here.
Mary Eberstadt, also at First Things here.