The Department of Religious Studies at Misericordia University is presenting the three-part program, "Humanae Vitae at 50: A Review of the Controversial Papal Encyclical that Defined the Catholic Church's Teaching on Conception,'' beginning Sept. 5 on campus.
The free program begins Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m. with the presentation, "Why Did Pope Francis Call Humanae Vitae Prophetic?: The Predictions of Pope Paul VI in Section 17,'' by Father Eric Bergman, pastor of Saint Thomas More Parish in Scranton, Huntzinger and Alden Trust Rooms 218-219 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. Father Bergman served as an Episcopalian priest before being ordained a Catholic priest in 2007 under the Pastoral Provision of St. John Paull II. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Yale University.
Professor Joseph C. Curran, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor Christopher M. Carr, Ph.D., of the Department of Religious Studies at Misericordia University, are collaborating on the presentation, "The Legacy of Humanae Vitae: Doctrinal Development and Historical Context,'' on Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in Huntzinger and Alden Trust Rooms 218-219 Rooms of Insalaco Hall.
The program concludes Sept. 19 with the program, "In Search of a Better Medicine: Artificial Birth Control or Fertility Awareness-Based Methods,'' with Delia Laurrari, M.D., FACOG, OB-GYN, at 6:30 p.m. in Huntzinger and Alden Trust Rooms 218-219 of Insalaco Hall. Dr. Laurrari is the medical director of the Gianna Center of Philadelphia, a reproductive health clinic that offers services consistent with Catholic teaching.
"Humanae Vitae," an encyclical written by Pope Paul VI on July 25, 1968, provides clear teaching about God's plan for married love and the transmission of life. The text was issued at a Vatican press conference on July 29, 1968.