ERIC Number: ED137167
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Catholic Perspectives on Population Issues. Population Bulletin, Vol. 30, No. 6.
Murphy, Francis X.; Erhart, Joseph F.
The bulletin provides information on the position of the Catholic Church on population issues. The purpose is to help responsible thinkers and world organizations understand the Catholic perspective. The booklet focuses on religious, human, and ethical dimensions of the demographic situation and is presented in seven chapters. The first chapter examines the Papal perspective, world hunger, the abortion movement, and the Catholic belief in the sanctity of human life. The second chapter traces traditional Catholic teachings on contraception from the Roman Empire through the 19th century. The phenomenon of birth control is traced in the third chapter, followed by a discussion of the Catholic love ethic versus contraception in the fourth chapter. The reorientation of moral thinking after World War II is discussed in chapter five, with a focus on Vatican Council II, the Papal Birth Control Commission, and the Encyclical "Humanae Vitae." The theological, popular, and political reaction to the Humanae Vitae is chronicled in chapter six. The last chapter discusses the liberal/conservative polarization within the church as a result of the Encyclical, the resulting confusion among Catholics, and the introduction of the laity into the thinking and witness of Catholic doctrine. References are included. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Population Reference Bureau, Inc., Washington, DC.