Humanae Vitae Golden Anniversary

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae (HV), a reflection "on the nature of marriage, on the moral use of marital rights, and on the duties of the spouses" (translated by Janet E. Smith, see HV I.4). Intended as a confirmation of the Church's long-standing teaching on marriage, sexuality, life, and fertility, it emerged in the midst of the sexual revolution and was widely controversial because many hoped that it would grant faithful Catholics permission to use the recently developed birth-control pill. Instead, the letter has become foundational in our modern understanding and application of Catholic moral teaching in these areas, including natural family planning.

The Office of NFP is collaborating on a number of events and will highlight key parts and principles of this document throughout the year. Please return to this page for more event info or you can recieve our monthly newsletter by clicking here and then selecting "Natural Family Planning."


Humanae Vitae Association 

Recognizing the precious gift the Lord has bestowed upon us in married love, the mission of the Humanae Vitae Association is two-fold.

First, the group serves to meet the needs of support, fellowship and instruction among all members of our community who share our commitment to honor God's wish for married couples. The group sponsors and annual Humanae Vitae Mass and Reception with dinner and entertainment for families to foster community in the archdiocese.

Second, the group members minister to the community and serve as a voice to promote all forms of Natural Family Planning as not only safe and reliable methods of achieving and avoiding pregnancy, but as tools which foster deeper communication between spouses. As part of this goal, the group is currently working to launch a parish representative program to provide a local NFP resource to couples and pastors in their own parishes.

For more information on the parish representative program or the Humanae Vitae Association in general, please contact the Office of Natural Family Planning at 314-997-7576 or e-mail stlnfp@archstl.org.