The 50th Anniversary of the Papal Encyclical Humanae Vitae will be commemorated at a national conference held in the Diocese of San Bernardino on July 27-28.

Written by Pope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae emerged from discussions that began in 1960 after the invention of the new birth control pill. It prompted an articulation of the Church’s teaching on the regulation of birth and responsible parenthood. By 1963 St. Pope John XXIII established the Pontifical Commission on Population, family and birth rate, known as the birth control commission.

After John XXIII’s death, Pope Paul VI continued the commission. After much discussion and to the surprise of many theologians, Pope Paul VI reaffirmed the Church’s position of staying “Faithful to God’s Design.”

This theme will be explored at the Conference in great detail through keynote talks, exhibitors and other information. It promises to be an excellent reference point for those in ministry who are charged with articulating what the Catholic Church teaches about sexuality, family planning, and responsible parenthood. This might include those who teach Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), Confirmation classes or Marriage Preparation classes.

“Faithful to God’s Design” will be held at the Ontario Convention Center and there is still an opportunity to register for this enlightening Conference.

Keynote speakers are San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, George Weigel, Professor Janet Smith, Christopher West, and Patrick Coffin. Friday evening will feature the premiere showing of the film “Unprotected,” and feature a live panel discussion by those featured in the film.

Detailed information on speakers, schedule, and topics, along with registration, is available at

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