The Encyclical Humanae Vitae: A Sign of Contradiction: An Essay in Birth Control and Catholic Conscience

The Encyclical Humanae Vitae: A Sign of Contradiction: An Essay in Birth Control and Catholic Conscience

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Overview

Dietrich von Hildebrand’s The Encyclical Humanae Vitae: A Sign of Contradiction was published mere months after Pope Paul VI promulgated the eponymous encyclical. The much-anticipated encyclical quickly proved to be among the most contentious papal documents ever published; the uproar against it was immediate, intense, and widespread—even, perhaps especially, among Catholic intellectuals and clergy in Western countries.



It was in this milieu that Dietrich von Hildebrand published his The Encyclical Humanae Vitae: A Sign of Contradiction, and in doing so, became one of the first Catholic intellectuals of public stature to defend the encyclical.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939773135
Publisher: Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project
Publication date: 07/29/2018
Pages: 138
Product dimensions: 4.37(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Introduction


  1. Marriage as a community of love

  2. Errors concerning marriage

  3. The value of sex as the expression and fulfillment of spousal love and the sin of isolating it

  4. Marriage as “remedium concupiscentiae”

  5. False reaction to the puritanical suspicion of marriage: idolization of sexual pleasure

  6. Essential differences between true spousal love and isolated sexual desire

  7. Prudishness, neutral attitude or reverence and modesty?

  8. Spousal love and the irrevocable union of marriage

  9. The supernatural transformation of marriage

  10. The meaning of marriage and the principle of superabundant finality

  11. The meaning of marriage and its primary end

  12. Why artificial birth control is sinful

  13. Two concepts of nature in humanae vitae

  14. The relation between biological nature and the person

  15. Why artificial birth control is sinful but the rhythm method is not

  16. Is the church’s teaching on marriage and pro- creation impossible to live up to?

  17. Inhibition of spontaneity

  18. Does obedience presuppose infallibility?

  19. Natural moral law and the magisterium

  20. Sacrifice and the absolute primacy of the moral Sphere

  21. Conscience and the knowledge of the moral law

  22. Conscience and desire

  23. Competence and the magisterium

  24. The interpretation of the objective moral law by the magisterium of the church and the duty of the individual conscience

  25. The gift and challenge of Humane Vitae


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