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Week of March 3, 2008
Society casually dismissive of Humanae Vitae
Bishop defends relevance of 1968 papal encyclical
By DEBORAH GYAPONG
"We've seen the impact of many of the things he was foreseeing."
"We've seen the impact of many of the things he was foreseeing, if you don't respect this plan God has for us as human beings," he said.
Pope Paul warned of destructive influences on marriage, families and sexuality if the unitive and procreative aspects of "the marriage act" were separated, the bishop said.
Fabbro said the seminar also addressed the way Pope John Paul II's teachings on the Theology of the Body built on Humanae Vitae to provide "a language for talking about sexuality and the body for this day and age."
On the reproductive technology side, the seminar touched on how human beings are "commodified" when procreation is separated from the unitive dimension of marriage love, he said.
"Now we're making decisions about (reproductive technology) that seem to deal with it in a very utilitarian way that is missing the dignity of the persons behind it," he said.
Participants talked about young people "being inundated" with a view of sexuality "that doesn't respect them as persons," he said.
"Our young people are hungering for an alternative and for a vision, for something they can believe in that they are not getting from the society that they live in," he said.
Catholics need to share the Church's vision for sexuality and marriage in public debate, Fabbro said.
The challenge is to announce it in a way that makes it understandable to contemporary society - not only for the people within the Church who are trying to live it out, but also for the good of wider society.
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