This Synod just keeps getting better and better!
One very important issue is only briefly mentioned in the Synod’s Instrument Laboris, yet the issue of fertility within marriage is a very complex reality that is associated with human sexuality since the creation of the world. Rightly the document underscored the need to “discover the message of Humanae Vitae of Pope Paul VI” and “its wealth and wisdom”, however, in reality, there was no development of this subject. Published in 1968, it was badly received, rejected and relativized by the clergy, and then consequently by the faithful. This truly prophetic encyclical began the post-conciliar crisis, which resulted in a systematic questioning of the teaching Magisterium of the Church.Yet the encyclical came from an integral vision of the human person, the person’s spiritual and physical dimensions. It predicted the consequences of the separation of sexuality and human fertility, which today has become even more more radical, as a consequence of the increasingly widespread use of contraception. We read: “the adoption of measures and methods of artificial birth control to limit […] open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards. […] Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection. Finally, careful consideration should be given to the danger of this power passing into the hands of those public authorities who care little for the precepts of the moral law. […] It would allow state authorities to intervene in the most personal and intimate responsibility of the spouses” (Humanae Vitae, 17). These predictions, unfortunately, in most cases came true….Read the rest here.