50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae

On July 25, 1968 Blessed Pope Paul VI issued the encyclical Humanae Vitae (On Human Life). The Pope’s reiteration of the Church’s opposition to contraception came in the midst of the sexual revolution and shortly after the advent of the hormonal birth control pill. When released, Humanae Vitae was criticized and rejected by many (both outside and within the Church). The message is no less controversial today and yet no less important for our world to hear. On this 50th anniversary of the release of Humanae Vitae, you’re invited to revisit its teachings.

All are invited to join in commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae by attending the Archdiocesan celebration event that will include a dinner and keynote talk by internationally renowned speaker Dr. Janet E. Smith on Sunday, July 22nd from 5:00-7:30 PM at St. Pius X Church in Cedar Rapids. For more information and registration, visit www.dbqarch.org/humanae-vitae-event.

For the event promotional flyer, click here. For the event poster, click here.


Below are recommended resources that may be used by parishes, schools, and families to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae.

  1. Video message from Archbishop Jackels: 
  2. For the text of Humanae Vitae, click here.
  3. For resources and information from the USSCB regarding Humanae Vitae, click here.
  4. For a study program on Humanae Vitae from Catholic Scripture Study International, click here or here.
  5. For a study guide to Humanae Vitae, click here or here.
  6. For a bulletin insert on Humanae Vitae, click here.
  7. For an article from The Witness about Humanae Vitae, click here.
  8. For an article by Dr. Janet Smith about “Promoting Humanae Vitae and Natural Family Planning in the Parish” click here.
  9. For access to print and audio resources that could be distributed at your parish, click here.
  10. For resources on topics related to Humanae Vitae that could be used individually, in families, or in parish groups, take a look at the following Education Resource Center Pinterest boards:
  11. If you would like to have a speaker come give a talk at your parish or school regarding Humanae Vitae, Natural Family Planning, or Theology of the Body, please contact Matt Selby at m.selby@dbqarch.org or 563-556-2580, ext. 233.
  12. For the Archdiocese of Dubuque Natural Family Planning site, including a list of NFP practitioners, click here. Contact Matt Selby if you would like to order the Top Ten Reasons to Use NFP brochures or posters.
  13. Below are social media tiles that may be used to promote the teachings of Humanae Vitae and the celebration event on July 22.






















































14. Here are some videos related to the topics in Humanae Vitae.