(quoting the Minority Papal Commission Report)
History provides fullest evidence (cf. especially the excellent work of Professor John T. Noonan, Contraception, Harvard University Press, 1965) that the answer of the Church has always and everywhere been the same, from the beginning up to the present decade. One can find no period of history, no document of the church, no theological school, scarcely one Catholic theologian, who ever denied that contraception was always seriously evil. The teaching of the Church in this matter is absolutely constant. Until the present century this teaching was peacefully possessed by all other Christians, whether Orthodox or Anglican or Protestant. The Orthodox retain this as common teaching today.
(quoting Janet Smith, with emphasis in original)
The amount of hostility directed at Humanae Vitae has been so great that most people are astonished when they first learn that contraception has not been a hotly debated issue since the very beginnings of the Church. All Christian churches were united in their opposition to contraception until as recently as the early decades of this century. It was not until 1930 that the Anglican Church went on record as saying that contraception was permissible, for grave reasons, within marriage.
My two cents
Jesus spoke about salt losing its savour, and contraception is a fitting example of when the historical position of Christendom withers away to a form of situational ethics or humanism.
Al Gore had that movie called An Inconvenient Truth, but the quotes above are just as (if not more) truthful and (more) inconvenient to the average Joe.
It’s time for modernistic and relativistic arguments to be trampled underfoot.
- Minority Papal Commission Report, (n.d.) https://www.endowonline.com/resources/classes/humanae-vitae/minority-papal-commission-report, accessed 20 November 2010
- Smith, J (2000). Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later, http://www.goodmorals.org/smith6.htm, accessed 20 November 2010.