This is good news for life. It is important for our religious leaders to speak out.

Nearly 500 British priests have issued a statement upholding Humanae Vitae and proposing it as the key to healing society, amid reports of moves within the Vatican to water down its teaching and accommodate the Church to modern trends.

In a letter released to the Catholic press on June 14, the group of priests from Great Britain state that the Church’s perennial teaching on human sexuality should be at the forefront in re-building a culture of life, and stress its importance for Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

The initiative, called “Humanae Vitae 50,” was set up as a call to priests to make their voices heard as the Church prepares to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical on the regulation of births.

Promulgated on July 25, 1968 — amid the turmoil of the sexual revolution — Humanae Vitae “affirmed … the purity and beauty of the spousal act, always open to procreation and always unitive” and rejected calls to allow artificial contraception in certain circumstances, the priests write.

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