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Head of Vatican commission says contraception is ‘intrinsically wrong’

Pope Paul VI in St Peter’s Square. The pontiff released Humanae Vitae 50 years ago next week (Getty)


There had been speculation that Mgr Gilfredo Marengo’s commission would challenge Church teaching

The leader of a Vatican study commission on Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae has said that contraception is “intrinsically wrong”.

Humanae Vitae’s 50th anniversary falls next week, on July 25. Although the Vatican has not yet announced plans to mark the anniversary, it has allowed a study group to access the Vatican archives.

Mgr Gilfredo Marengo, the co-ordinator of the commission, discussed some of his findings in May in a talk at the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham.

During a question-and-answer session, Mgr Marengo was asked about the Church’s teaching, famously reaffirmed in Humanae Vitae, that the use of artificial contraception is intrinsically wrong.

Mgr Marengo replied: “It is the teaching,” adding that “the language and the presentation” of the doctrine are also important.

There had been speculation that the commission would challenge Humanae Vitae’s teaching. One prominent defender of contraception, Fr Maurizio Chiodi, was appointed last year to the Vatican’s pro-life academy.

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