This year is the 40th anniversary of the publication of Humanae Vitae, in which Pope Paul VI addressed "the whole Catholic World, and all men of good will" on the subject of birth regulation.
No other papal encyclical has ever received such a turbulent reception from within the Church. Many laity and priests left the Church in protest, and in much of the Catholic world it was greeted with open dissent, or at best dead silence. But there are also those who hail Humanae Vitae as a work of inspiration, which accurately prophesied the disastrous effects that contraception would have on society in the decades following its promulgation. Many young Catholics today are embracing Humanae Vitae as part of their charter for married love.
On Thursday 27th November, John Finnis will talk to our Young Catholics on the subject "Retranslating Humanae Vitae". Dr Finnis is Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy at Oxford University, and will address the issues raised by Pope Paul VI's encyclical from the viewpoint of a philosopher.
We hope you will be able to attend what promises to be a fascinating and thought-provoking discussion. The talk will take place at the London Oratory, in St Wilfrid's Hall at 8pm, and is followed by refreshments. For further details, please contact Father Julian Large
University of Manchester Catholic Chaplaincy
1968 - 2008 'On Human Life' - Humanae Vitae 40 years on
The students at the Catholic Chaplaincy to the University of Manchester invite you to join them for a weekend conference to celebrate Pope Paul VI's prophetic Encyclical
14th - 16th November Friday evening to Sunday evening
£45 (£25 for students) including hot meal on arrival, coffee, lunch and
afternoon tea on Saturday and Sunday
Holy Mass and Rosary on Saturday,
concluding with Solemn sung Mass on Sunday Evening
Speakers: Bishop Donal Murray, Prof Luke Gormally, Fr Philip Egan,
Dr John McClean, Dr Anne Carus, Dr Pravin Thevathasan,
Edmund Adamus and Helena Turska.
Enquiries, bookings and payments (by IOth Nov) to:
Catholic Chaplaincy to the University of Manchester
335-339 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PG Tel: 0161 273 1456