Monday, May 30, 2011

Is Humanae Vitae infallible?

And as a follow-up to what constitutionalist Jesuit Fr. Joaquin Bernas claims as what his colleagues claim that Humanae Vitae and other teachings of the Church about artificial contraceptives, like Evangelium Vitae.

Let us see what Church AUTHORITIES have to say about this, and not some dissident Modernist theologians who rant in their little classrooms, yet are unafraid to come out and put in writing what they preach in their classes:

In "Humanae Vitae" the Pope taught, with the divine assistance he enjoys (cf. "Lumen Gentium", n. 25a), what the Church's ordinary Magisterium had always held to be true and right, and what had been reconfirmed by the extraordinary Magisterium of Vatican II. The arguments of those who claim to pass judgment on the basis of their knowledge do not stand up against this Magisterium: between the two teachings there is a substantial difference of quality and not only of degree. The teaching of "Humanae Vitae" is Magisterium - though ordinary - which contains decisions belonging to a divinely established authority (cf. canon 331; "Lumen Gentium" nn. 18a, 20c, 22b, 23c; "Christus Dominus" n. 2a) and exercised in order to interpret and teach (as in our case) the moral norms of human conduct. If he were not the Pope, he would lose his legitimate power and the intrinsic reason for his ministry; at most he could carry out a scholarly magisterium, which, however, would not be of use to the Church and to which he has not been appointed by the Church's Founder; he would lack the supernatural "virtus" of assisting and confirming his brethren in the faith and in the moral law (cf. Lk. 22:32, Mt. 16:29; Vatican I, Dogm. Const. "Pastor Aeternus", DS 3074)...

Archbishop Vincenzo Fagiolo, President of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts


I think he might have spoken to the theologians of LST.  One of them is a bishop, who is sooooooo silent about the RH Bill.  He made a video about this.

As a fellow Knight shared to me his observation, being a psychologist and all that:

"His expression betrays what he is saying."

Need I name the bishop?



  1. What Paul VI wrote in 1968 was a teaching held by the Church, East and West since Apostolic times. It is thus infallible but need not be defined by the Pope.

    Even the Anglicans once held to the same teaching as the decision of the 1920 Lambeth Conference says

    "We utter an emphatic warning against the use of unnatural means for the avoidance of conception, together with the grave dangers - physical, moral and religious - thereby incurred, and against the evils with which the extension of such use threatens the race. In opposition to the teaching which, under the name of science and religion, encourages married people in the deliberate cultivation of sexual union as an end in itself, we steadfastly uphold what must always be regarded as the governing considerations of Christian marriage. One is the primary purpose for which marriage exists, namely the continuation of the race through the gift and heritage of children; the other is the paramount importance in married life of deliberate and thoughtful self-control."

    But 10 years later the Anglicans fell away from the traditional teaching.

  2. And the media wants to make a Hans Kung of Fr Bernas! His photo shows him in suit and tie and not Roman Collar and cassock!

  3. Let us pray the 1930 collect of the anti artificial contraception wing of the Church of England!

    "O Holy Father, enable us always to think and pursue such things as are pure, lovely and of good report; that by Thy grace we may become fit to glorify and enjoy Thee forever; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."


    By The Great Fr Bing Arellano!!

  5. Ahhh...Josemaria.

    Fr. Bing might be seen on EWTN...but!

    He does not have a doctorate in theology like those guys in LST, MST, SVT and Euntes..

    and he is not a Jesuit.


  6. Best Comment Based on The Devil's Advocate EVAH!!

    I Have A feeling that Not many Pinoys(I Mean Middle and Upper Class)take the time to Watch EWTN!(Referring to His Haters on Yotube)

    Bishop C Needs to Go!