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Janet E. Smith has been among the world’s preeminent voices in the study of the issues raised by Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical letter Humanae vitae. This book presents Smith's critical collection of essays on the vocation of marriage, human sexuality, contraception, and more. Touching on all the areas implicated in "Humanae vitae" from natural family planning to parenthood and natural law to personalism; Smith includes her English translation of the encyclical from the original Latin as well as helpful background on the development and release of this authoritative magisterial document.

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After half a century, how has the teaching of Pope Paul VI on marriage and birth control, presented in his encyclical Humanae Vitae (On Human Life), held up? Very well, says philosopher Janet Smith and her colleagues in this sequel to her classic book, "Why Humanae Vitae Was Right". Here Smith shows how the ethical, theological, spiritual, and sociological case for Pope Paul VI's controversial document remains strong - indeed, how it's in some ways even stronger today, following Pope St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body and in light of todays problems.

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This study guide, written by the Priests and Pastoral Associates of Priests for Life, contains the text of the Encyclical itself-Humanae Vitae (On Human Life) written by Pope Paul VI-along with commentary and study questions. Great for personal or group use and also a great resource for Pre-Cana classes.

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Pope Paul VI's encyclical letter that reaffirms the Church's perennial teaching about the married couple's call to be open to life and exercise responsible parenthood.

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Lord God, Author of Life and Source of Eternal Life,

Move the hearts of all our public officials and especially our President, to fulfill their responsibilities worthily and well to all those entrusted to their care.

Help them in their special leadership roles, to extend the mantle of protection to the most vulnerable, especially the defenseless unborn, whose lives are threatened with extermination by an indifferent society.

Guide all public officials by your wisdom and grace to cease supporting any law that fails to protect the fundamental good that is human life itself, which is a gift from God and parents.

You are the Protector and Defender of the lives of the innocent unborn. Change the hearts of those who compromise the call to protect and defend life. Bring our nation to the values that have made us a great nation, a society that upholds the values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all.

Mary, the Mother of the living, help us to bear witness to the Gospel of Life with our lives and our laws, through Christ, Our Lord.


January 22, 2009
Most Reverend Robert J. Baker
Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama

Prayer for the Unborn

Heavenly Father, in Your love for us, protect against the wickedness of the devil, those helpless little ones to whom You have given the gift of life.

Touch with pity the hearts of those women pregnant in our world today who are not thinking of motherhood.

Help them to see that the child they carry is made in Your image - as well as theirs - made for eternal life.

Dispel their fear and selfishness and give them true womanly hearts to love their babies and give them birth and all the needed care that a mother can give.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

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