About Humanae Vitae?

Humanae Vitae is an encyclical of the Catholic Church written by Pope Paul VI and dated 25 July 1968. The Latin phrase “Humane Vitae” means, in English, “On Human Life” and the document addresses such topics as married love, the purpose of sex, responsible parenthood, openness to life and God’s gift of children.

The document outlines the moral principles underpinning the reasons that the Catholic Church prohibits the use of artificial contraception and, instead, promotes forms of family planning that do not undermine the integrity of the marital act.