Why Humanae Vitae Was Right: A Reader

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898704334
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.05 (h) x 1.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Introduction 11
I Essays Prior to Humanae Vitae and Early Defenses
Conjugal Love
1 Contraception and Conjugal Love 17
2 The Encyclical Humanae Vitae: A Sign of Contradiction 47
3 Pope Paul VI to the Teams of Our Lady, Rome, May 4, 1970 85
Philosophical Defenses
4 The Meaning of Contraception 105
5 Contraception and Chastity 119
II The Views of John Paul II
Self-giving
6 Marriage and Contraception 151
Responsible Parenthood
7 Personal Integrity, Sexual Morality and Responsible Parenthood 171
Personalism
8 The Personalism of John Paul II as the Basis of His Approach to the Teaching of Humanae Vitae 193
Theology of the Body
9 Pope John Paul II and Humanae Vitae 229
III The Sanctity of Life
10 Who Is Like the Lord, Our God? 253
IV Theological Argument
11 A Covenant Theology of Human Sexuality 275
12 The Importance of the Concept of "Munus" to Understanding Humanae Vitae 305
V Specific Problems
Principle of Totality
13 Humanae Vitae and the Principle of Totality 327
Infallibility
14 Contraception, Infallibility and the Ordinary Magisterium 343
Conscience
15 Conscience Formation and the Teaching of the Church 363
Population
16 The Proliferation of Population Problems 383
VI Contraception and Natural Family Planning
Philosophical Differences
17 Contraception and Natural Family Planning 407
18 Natural Regulation of Conception and Contraception 419
Moral Use of NFP
19 The Moral Use of Natural Family Planning 445
Testimony of Couples
20 Sensible Sex 473
VII A Generation Later
21 Humanae Vitae at Twenty 499
22 Paul VI as Prophet 519
Appendix: Paul VI, Encyclical Letter on the Regulation of Births, Humanae Vitae 533
Index 569
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