On September 11, 2017 Edward Pentin penned an article for the National Catholic Register entitled, “Humanae Vitae Comes Under Fire.” In that article he stated, that “recent developments in Rome indicate a campaign is underway to challenge the encyclical’s prohibition against artificial contraception.” Evidence includes the revealing of a formerly secret commission tasked by the Vatican, with the Pope’s approval, to “study” Humanae Vitae. The commission was discovered only through an Italian website obtaining a classified memorandum from the Vatican Secretary of State referring to it.
The memorandum states that the commission is to “promote a comprehensive and authoritative study” of the encyclical to coincide with its fiftieth anniversary this summer. Mr. Pentin then goes on to give observations of the theological bent of the commissions four members which is less than encouraging.
Catholic News Agency (CNA) reported today that Pope Francis rejected a proposal for inter-communion from the German Bishops Conference. This struck me as odd since in 2015 Pope Francis told a Lutheran woman asking about receiving Communion with her Catholic husband to “go forward” guided by individual conscience. Curious, I read further.