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About the Project

In 1968, Blessed Pope Paul VI promulgated Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life), which reaffirmed the traditional Christian teaching on sexuality. Arguably the most important encyclical of the twentieth century, its repercussions were - and indeed still are - wide-ranging.

Looking ahead to Humanae Vitae's fiftieth anniversary in 2018, the Benedict XVI Centre is collaborating with colleagues in the USA and Canada on a major new book project.

This will bring together scholars from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, for a groundbreaking re-engagement with the encyclical's teaching in light of recent medical, social, cultural, and demographic realities, both within and beyond the global Catholic Church.

The project is jointly led by Dr Catherine Ruth Pakaluk (Director, Stein Center for Social Research, Ave Maria University, USA), Dr Brett Salkeld (Archdiocesan Theologian, Diocese of Regina, Canada), and Dr Stephen Bullivant (Director, Benedict XVI Centre).
The inaugural event of the project is the 'Re-Engaging Humanae Vitae' conference, held at Ave Maria University, Florida, in February 2016.

We are grateful to The Mother Teresa Project for their generous financial support. Further events are planned in the run-up to 2018, and will be advertised on our events page.