Vatican Commission Rethinking Humanae Vitae?

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by Juliana Freitag  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  June 22, 2017   

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Last month, Vatican expert Marco Tosatti went public about his suspicions regarding the appointment of a commission to re-examine Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae. At that point Tosatti was still unsure if Pope Francis had already made nominations, but barely a month later, only last week, Vaticanista Roberto de Mattei published a detailed article not only confirming the existence of the commission but also naming each of its members. 
 
The coordinator of Pope Francis' new reformation project is Bp. Gilfredo Marengo, professor of Theological Anthropology at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family (whose grand chancellor is now Abp. Vincenzo Paglia, controversial head of the Pontifical Academy for Life). Marengo, member of the board of directors of the magazine CVII-Centro Vaticano II Studi e ricerche (a scientific magazine exclusively dedicated to recent studies on Vatican II), is a close friend of Vatican II expert Alberto Melloni — one of the main contributors to the Bologna School, which promotes a more progressive vision of the Council as one of "rupture" and a new beginning.
 
The Bologna School is the theological and intellectual reference of modernists in the Church, and its active members currently make up a furious team of "Bergoglians," ever ready to take advantage of any ambiguity uttered by Pope Francis to push their heterodox agenda.
 
In a revised edition of Melloni's 2013 book Quel che resta di Dio: Un discorso storico sulle forme della vita cristiana (What's Left of God: A Historical Discourse in the Forms of Christian Life), Marengo commented, "A valuable historian, a sharp commentator of Church life in our times ... [makes] a strong projection of the 50 post-council years and its necessary historical-theological preliminaries."  
 
The revolution has just begun. The dissenters have waited half a century for this, and they are not going to be easily discouraged. 
 
In a 2016 interview with Avvenire, Marengo said:
The Church has learned that the experience of human love must be recognized as a maximum expression of contemporaneous anthropological matter. ... This conviction took place [also] because of confrontation with the sexual revolution ... that brought tragic consequences upon the ecclesiastical fabric: It's enough to remember the crisis of Humanae Vitae and see how that mentality had been pervasive among Christians. ... [The Church] very soon realized it had to go beyond the proposition of moral norms, transmitted schematically ... [g]oing as far as the constraining proposal of natural methods of birth regulation, culturally blind and pastorally sterile.
The other members of the commission appointed to re-read Humanae Vitae "in the light of Amoris Laetitia" are Msgr. Pierangelo Sequeri, head of the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, Professor Philippe Chenaux, lecturer in Church History at the Lateran Pontifical University, and Msgr. Angel Maffeis, head of the Paul VI Institute in Brescia.
 
Traditionalist blog Messa in Latino has also confirmed the authenticity of this information:
[O]ur own sources, absolutely reliable, have reported that the Holy Father has personally asked the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for all the files related to Humanae Vitae (especially of the preparatory period) in order to subject them to the analysis of a group of experts personally chosen by him, aiming for doctrinal change, perhaps written stealthily ... like in Amoris Laetitia.
La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana also compares the Amoris Laetitia process that has led to great confusion in our Church with what's bound to happen with the review of Humanae Vitae: "Change should come through the successful system tried by Amoris Laetitia: They'll say that doctrine regarding contraception is not going to change but that discernment should be applied to each particular case."
 
They'll say that doctrine regarding contraception is not going to change but that discernment should be applied to each particular case.
Along with the extravagant actions ofPaglia, known by the Catholic press for his erratic behavior, and the latest developments in the controversial appointments to the academy (including pro-abortion, pro-contraception, pro-euthanasia members), another episode hinted that furtive arrangements were taking place: February 22 was the 30-year anniversary of Donum Vitae, written by Cdl. Joseph Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) as a reinforcement of Humanae Vitae, updated with advances in biomedicine.
 
The celebratory conferences in the Pontifical Academy for Life were scheduled for March 2 under the name "Technology and Human Generation," and were then postponed owing to "recent renovation of the Academy's Statute." But the event has been canceled altogether. La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana observed that the themes in Donum Vitae certainly don't please the new members of the Pontifical Academy, and "evidently, the goal is to cancel every trace of the action and the teaching of St. John Paul II."

 

 

 

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Juliana Freitag

Juliana Freitag is Church Militant's Italian correspondent.