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By Janet Smith, PhD, Americna Life League, August 2, 2018

Our culture tends to think of sexual intercourse as “just sex”—a pleasurable activity that can take any form as long as one’s “partner” consents. Have sex, play a video game, enjoy an ice cream cone, go skiing—as the saying from the 1960s goes, “If it feels good, do it!”

Once sexual intercourse is separated from morality, it’s no different from any other recreational activity. No familiarity with the other person, no love and no commitment is required—and, certainly, no preparedness for a baby is necessary. Just enjoy yourself and have fun!

Fifty years ago this month, Pope Paul VI advanced quite a different view. He issued an encyclical titled Humanae Vitae, which means Of Human Life in Latin.

The encyclical—a high-level papal teaching document on faith and morals—reaffirmed the traditional Roman Catholic teaching rejecting all forms of contraception as incompatible with God’s plan for sexuality. It also discusses why methods of natural family planning are compatible with responsible parenthood and married love. ….