John Paul II told them:
The Holy Father told them in no uncertain terms: Brother bishops, teach Humanae Vitae to your people. This is the truth they need to hear! This is the truth that will set them free!
The teaching of Humanae Vitae honors married love, promotes the dignity of women, and helps couples grow in understanding the truth of their particular path to holiness. It is also a response to contemporary culture's temptation to reduce life to a commodity.
As Bishops, together with your priests, deacons, seminarians, and other pastoral personnel, you must find the right language and imagery to present this teaching in a comprehensible and compelling way. [For the complete address, click HERE.]
And the Cardinal of the West and his episcopal entourage gave a respectful nod to the already aging pontiff, returned to their respective dioceses and kept their mouths shut.