Turning point: the inside story of the Papal Birth Control Commission, and how Humanae vitae changed the life of Patty Crowley and the future of the church
More compelling than a novel because it is true, this dramatic story records a watershed event in a way never told before - through the experience of some of the lay people who lived it, particularly Patty Crowley, one of the most revered women in the Catholic Church today. Historians agree that the Vatican decision to go against the majority report of the Papal Birth Control Commission is one of the most important events in Catholic history in this century. To many, the encyclical Humanae Vitae represents both a turning point and a lost moment. Award-winning journalist Robert McClory brings to life the incredible events surrounding that decision, and reveals its meaning in a way that will stick in memory, stir new debate, and impact the future.
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Turning point: the inside story of the Papal Birth Control Commission, and how Humanae vitae changed the life of Patty Crowley and the future of the churchUser Review - Book Verdict
Journalism professor McClory retells the dramatic story of the Vatican's Pontifical Commission on Population, Family, and Birth. This commission met from 1964 to 1966 under papal auspices to determine whether Roman Catholic teaching on contraception might be modified in view of developments in medicine, social sciences, and moral theology. The 1965 fourth meeting saw membership expanded to include more laymen and a few women. The majority final report recommended changes in traditional church views, but Pope Paul VI was convinced privately to retain the ban on contraception in Humanae Vitae (1968). Robert Kaiser has already told the story in The Politics of Sex and Religion: A Case History in the Development of Doctrine (Leaven Pr., 1985), but McClory focuses on U.S. commission members Pat and Patty Crowley, their work and bitter disappointment, and 1969-94 developments. Recommended for Catholic and population collections.--Anna Donnelly, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, N.Y.
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I'll have more to write about this book. My rating really takes into account different levels or aspects of the book. First, the writing. The writing is just bad and this seems as if it could have ...