Fifty Years after Humanae vitae, Is Opposition to Birth Control a Lost Cause?
I was born not long after the pill became popular in America, allowing familes to put limits on the number of children they would have. The pill also, most likely, allowed the sexual experimentation of the 1960s to blossom (if you don't have to worry about pregnancy, then there is more freedom to engage sexually). Then came Pope Paul VI's encyclical that forbade the use of artificial birth control methods. That was fifty-years ago. Surveys suggest that most Catholics disobey this edict, even as they embrace anti-abortion views. Martin Marty takes a look at this anniversary through the lens of his own theological education. I'm not Roman Catholic, so I don't have to worry about the meaning of the encyclical, but the anniversary does raise interesting questions about how we view sexuality and reproduction in our day. Take a read, offer your thoughts.