Audio Recording from 1968: Pope John Paul I called for the use of contraception?
Short Sided Patron Saint for Contraception | June 8, 2022

John Paul I (+1978) is scheduled to be “beatified” by Francis in September. Already John Paul II made him a “servant of God.”

In an audio document recorded in a parish church in 1968, then Bishop of Vittorio Veneto Albino Luciani, pronounce the wish that Paul VI might “allow” the use of the contraceptive pill. (June 4 - articles follows below) calls this immoral and short sided request a “great moral and doctrinal openness” which makes him “a forerunner of Francis.”

After Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical Humanae vitae, Luciani simply went along with the party line, an example how truth was turned into a victim of command and counter-command.

Since the introduction of contraception, Italy’s fertility rate dropped from 2,5 (1968) to currently 1,3. The replacement rate is at 2,1 children. Accordingly, young people have almost totally disappeared in the pews of Italian churches.


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Tornielli also in the field to make known Pope Luciani, who as a bishop wanted to say yes to the pill

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Farodi Roma [machine translated] | 04/06/2022

Thanks to an exceptional audio document, recorded in a parish in 1968, it will be possible to hear the voice of the future John Paul I, then the bishop of Vittorio Veneto Albino Luciani, express the hope that Paul VI could take a liberalizing decision about the use of the birth control pill. As is known after the publication of the encyclical "Humanae vitae" which closed that window by removing a multitude of young couples from the Church, Luciani defended the document by making the Pope's reasons his own. But this does not detract from his great moral and doctrinal openness which in some way makes him a precursor of Francis.

After the secretary of state Pietro Parolin personally committed himself to presiding over the Pontifical Foundation in charge of studying and making Pope Luciani known, which did not happen, for example, with Paul VI, who left quite another amount of documents in the 15 years of his pontificate The editorial director of the Dicastery for Communication, Andrea Tornielli, also came directly into the field, signing a podcast of Vatican Radio in four episodes, dedicated to Pope Luciani and produced with the technical and creative collaboration of Adriano Vitali and Patrizio Ciprari. The first episode can be listened to on Monday 6 June, in the podcast section of the Vatican News portal.

The opening episode will be dedicated to the origins of the Pontiff from Belluno, to his family and to his education. Albino Luciani owes his baptismal name to the choice of his father Giovanni, a socialist worker, who chose to name his eldest son in this way in memory of a young Bergamo comrade who died in a work accident in a blast furnace. In the opening episode also the curious episode of the "slingshot" of Father Remigio, a Capuchin friar who came to carry out a mission in Canale d'Agordo when Albino Luciani - the future pope who will be proclaimed blessed on 4 September - was still a little boy. He fascinated the altar boys of the town with his tales of him and then, during a walk towards the little church of Garés, he amazed them with his ability to shoot with a sling. And when he asked those boys who wanted to follow him to the convent, Albino immediately said "Me, me!". He really wanted to leave. The parish priest and the family kept him ...

In the second episode, which can be listened to from Monday 13 June, we will talk about the appointment of Luciani as bishop of Vittorio Veneto and then about the years he spent in Venice. Also in this case, it will be the Pope's own voice to underline the crucial passages. Thanks to an exceptional audio document, recorded in a parish in 1968, we will hear from the voice of Bishop Luciani his wish that Paul VI could make a liberalizing decision about the use of the contraceptive pill. After the publication of the encyclical Humanae vitae, Luciani will defend the document by making the Pope's reasons his own.

"Five weeks, a pontificate" is the title of the third episode, available from Monday 20 June, which will tell the conclave of August 1978, the rapid election after just one day of voting and those 34 days of pontificate. We will listen to the salient passages of the audiences and of the Angelus of John Paul I, some particularly touching, such as the one in which the Pontiff tells of having suffered hunger as a child, hoping that this experience will help him understand the problems of the poor of the world. Finally, the fourth episode, available from Monday 27 June, will be entirely dedicated to the sudden death of the Pope. Fundamental will be the voice of Sister Margherita Marin who that morning of September 29, 1978, together with her older sister Sister Vincenza, entered the bedroom of Luciani finding him dead. Sister Margherita,
"So let us be confident, let us not be unprepared, let us not be outflanked, let us be wise, vigilant, fighting against those who are trying to tear the faith out of our souls and morality out of our hearts, so that we may remain Catholics, remain united to the Blessed Virgin Mary, remain united to the Roman Catholic Church, remain faithful children of the Church."- Abp. Lefebvre

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