Dietrich von Hildebrand’s The Encyclical Humanae Vitae: A Sign of Contradiction was published mere months after Pope Paul VI promulgated the eponymous encyclical. The much-anticipated encyclical quickly proved to be among the most contentious papal documents ever published; the uproar against it was immediate, intense, and widespread—even, perhaps especially, among Catholic intellectuals and clergy in Western countries.
It was in this milieu that Dietrich von Hildebrand published his The Encyclical Humanae Vitae: A Sign of Contradiction, and in doing so, became one of the first Catholic intellectuals of public stature to defend the encyclical.
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Table of Contents
- Marriage as a community of love
- Errors concerning marriage
- The value of sex as the expression and fulfillment of spousal love and the sin of isolating it
- Marriage as “remedium concupiscentiae”
- False reaction to the puritanical suspicion of marriage: idolization of sexual pleasure
- Essential differences between true spousal love and isolated sexual desire
- Prudishness, neutral attitude or reverence and modesty?
- Spousal love and the irrevocable union of marriage
- The supernatural transformation of marriage
- The meaning of marriage and the principle of superabundant finality
- The meaning of marriage and its primary end
- Why artificial birth control is sinful
- Two concepts of nature in humanae vitae
- The relation between biological nature and the person
- Why artificial birth control is sinful but the rhythm method is not
- Is the church’s teaching on marriage and pro- creation impossible to live up to?
- Inhibition of spontaneity
- Does obedience presuppose infallibility?
- Natural moral law and the magisterium
- Sacrifice and the absolute primacy of the moral Sphere
- Conscience and the knowledge of the moral law
- Conscience and desire
- Competence and the magisterium
- The interpretation of the objective moral law by the magisterium of the church and the duty of the individual conscience
- The gift and challenge of Humane Vitae