The legacy of ‘Humanae Vitae’

To understand the surprising survival of “Humanae Vitae,” it is important to understand what the “pill” was promising to the world. “Humanae Vitae” was written just eight years after the pill was made publicly available. Many predicted that the pill could end poverty and “overpopulation” by dramatically reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies.

One, holy, catholic

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of “Humanae Vitae.” The world has changed dramatically since Pope Paul VI wrote the encyclical, mostly in ways he foretold.