Humanae Vitae denounced the use of artificial contraception.
The "infamous Winnipeg Statement was released shortly after Pope Paul VI's 1968 encyclical which undercut Paul VI's denunciation of all use of artificial contraception, indicating that Catholic couples might be able to use contraception in good conscience.
The long-term effects of rejecting the papal encyclical are "profound," says Fr. Corapi.
"The argument can be strongly made that the proliferation of abortion can pretty much be traced to artificial contraception. It's almost a cause-and-effect kind of thing, and Paul VI warned about that. But large numbers [of] Church leaders rejected it and were so bold as to even reject it in writing, and that's not without consequences."
Corapi says he blames the leadership of the Church, namely the bishops, priests, and theologians, for the large numbers of Catholics currently not attending Mass.
"You have to ask yourself why people have drifted away. We have control over the reasons inside the Church. You can start with the top."
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