“Let [responsible men] first consider how easily [artificial birth control] could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards” (HV 17). Just a few years after Humanae Vitae the wedge of artificial birth control was driven so deeply between the marital act and human procreation that it spawned the unspeakable evil of legalized abortion in the U.S. under the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. The logical extension of the contraceptive mentality is the abortion mentality. Further, there are many other grievous manifestations of this moral decline present in contemporary society. One has to wonder, what is next?
“If it leads us away from Him, then it certainly does not come from the Holy Spirit…”
“Charity begins at home” can be understood both as an invitation that unites and as a slogan that divides. The origins of the phrase are lost in the distant past but in times of crisis, the phrase can fall into malicious hands.