50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae

Fifty years ago, on July 25, 1968, Pope Paul VI issued an Encyclical Letter entitled Humanae Vitae, “On Human Life”. On October 14, 2018, Pope Francis will canonize his predecessor as Pope Saint Paul VI.

In this anniversary year, Bishop John O. Barres of the Diocese of Rockville Centre has issued a Pastoral Letter entitled The Supreme Gift: The Gift of Life, commemorating the encyclical of this soon-to-be-canonized saint. This teaching of the late Holy Father is in many ways more important today than at any time before.

In his letter, Bishop Barres wants to teach the people of the diocese the important truths of Humanae Vitae, because these truths very much need to be reexamined today in light of the problems we face in our time.

To read the full letter from Bishop Barres, The Supreme Gift: The Gift of Life, please click this link.

To read a summary Bishop Barres' letter, please click here.