#1, Mar 9, 2012 10:00pm
Before JPII's Theology of the Body the single best defense of the teaching of Humane Vitae was Hildebrand's Humane Vitae. The text of the encyclical itself makes a sound argument to be sure but its mostly negative. If we do this ten the parade of horrors will follow. True. We did it and the parade of horrors has followed. But we needed a bold positive argument about the beauty and grace of natural family planning and the gift of children. Hildebrand gave us that at the time. And then JPII completed it. At the time I read HV and knew it was the right teaching, even though I wasn't Catholic. But I thought the argument was too negative. A few months later I read Hildebrand and it literally blew me away.