Humanae Vitae: first shots fired in a coming war?

Italy’s current birthrate is 392,598 newborns per year, a staggering 30 percent drop since 2008, unsustainably low for any country. This comes at a time when concern has arisen over a book published in June 2022 by the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, entitled Etica Teologica della Vita, which suggests that the teaching on contraception and marital chastity in Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae can be changed.