July 25, 2018 – Paul VI, John Paul II and Humanae Vitae


…[D]uring the time of Paul VI, as now, the modern man was losing the sense of God. The concept of aggiornamento was mistakenly understood as an arbitrary change. Pope Paul VI did not stand for this kind of aggiornamento. Instead, he consistently promulgated Church’s teaching, preserving, continuing and transmitting the Tradition. This does not mean that the Holy Father was not supportive of aggiornamento or not in favor of a lively and ever new history of the Church. He stood against an historicism which dissolved traditional dogmatic commitment or a theology which conformed to free subjective theories, which were often mutated by adversary sources. Pope Paul VI had no doubt in his mind about the promulgation of Humanae Vitae, although he was very much aware of the negative reactions coming from within and outside the Church. He resisted, firm in his faith, and followed what Peter had commanded: to strengthen his brothers in faith, as he said in his homily of Aug. 24, 1968. Paul VI and his eventual successor John Paul II were not afraid!

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