Why Humanae Vitae Was Right: A Reader #3447
Edited by Janet Smith, PhD.
For the 25th anniversary year of the historic document Humanae Vitae, Janet Smith gathered together twenty-one outstanding essays and articles by well-respected thinkers to demonstrate that Pope Paul VI was not simply correct, but also 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 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, Fr. Paul Quay, Elizabeth Anscombe, Dietrich von Hildebrand, Carlo Caffara, Cormac Burke, Ralph McInerny, John Kippley, John Finnis and Janet Smith.
This book is now a 25-year-old classic. Though it was published in 1983, truth does not change; the principles and conclusions are the same, and the book's courageous and well-respected authors have been vindicated by time. An excellent study to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae as well. Softcover. 591 pages.