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"When Pope Paul VI wrote his 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae explaining why the Church believes contraception is both sinful and harmful, he also made predictions about what its widespread use would do. He believed it would increase infidelity, bring about a "general lowering of morality," cause men to lose respect for women, result in women being reduced to "a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment," and promote the belief that we should have unlimited dominion over our bodies. ...Finally, he predicted that contraception would become a "dangerous weapon ... in the hands of those public authorities" who have no concern for moral issues. Forty-six years later, can anyone doubt that each of Pope Paul's predictions have come to pass?"
Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila, Archdiocese of Denver
—Our First, Most Cherished Liberty: A Statement on Religious Liberty, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, April 12, 2012
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