Why Humanae Vitae Was Right: A Reader

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Ignatius Press, Aug 5, 2014 - Religion
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For the 25th anniversary year of the historic document Humanae Vitae(1968), Janet Smith has gathered together twenty-one outstanding essays and articles by well-respected thinkers to provide the demonstration that Pope Paul VI was not simply correct, but prophetic. While this document is still widely neglected and misunderstood, the Church continues to proclaim that contraception is a moral evil and that the view of man, sexuality, and marriage that leads to the use of the Pill is not one that is compatible with human dignity, sexual responsibility and spousal love.

Many are unaware that there have been energetic and persuasive worth defenses of this teaching. The general reader, as well as the ethicist and moral theologian, will find much here to stimulate his thinking on this issue. Contributors include William May, Paul Quay, Elizabeth Anscombe, Dietrich von Hildebrand, Carlo Caffara, Cormac Burke, Ralph McInerny, John Kippley, John Finnis and Janet Smith.


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Foreword by John Cardinal OConnor
Paul M Quay S J Contraception and Conjugal Love
Pope Paul VI to the Teams of Our Lady Rome May 4 1970
G E M Anscombe Contraception and Chastity
Cormac Burke Marriage and Contraception
John F Crosby The Personalism of John Paul II as the Basis of
John F Kippley A Covenant Theology of Human Sexuality
Principle of Totality
Ralph Mclnerny Humanae Vitae and the Principle of Totality
William E May Conscience Formation and the Teaching of
Contraception and Natural Family Planning

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Janet E. Smith, Ph.D., holds the Father Michael McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

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