Are the Church’s Teachings on Sexuality Still ‘Good News’ for the Divorced?

July 2, 2018 | Published first in National Catholic Register

As the casualties of the sexual revolution continue to mount, it is providential that Pope Paul VI’s prophetic encyclical Humanae Vitae (The Regulation of Birth), published 50 years ago July 25, is back in the spotlight.

Western culture’s view of the meaning and purpose of human sexuality and marriage continues to morph; greater numbers of men and women — and, not infrequently, their children — in various “irregular circumstances” will struggle with how to sustain marital and sexual integrity in a culture preoccupied with sexual identity.

“Children are really the supreme gift of marriage,” states Humanae Vitae (8), “and contribute in the highest degree to their parents’ welfare.”

Sadly, in the two-plus generations since Humanae Vitae’s publication, divorce has become commonplace, and the children of divorce who have borne the brunt of the emotional and spiritual fallout are now grown.

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