Contraception and Catholics: a New Appraisal

Contraception and Catholics: a New Appraisal

Contraception and Catholics: a New Appraisal

Contraception and Catholics: a New Appraisal

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Few problems in this century have caused as much commotion in the Catholic Church as the problem of birth control. The Church's position on this subject has been a stumbling block for Catholics and non‐ Catholics alike. This in itself is nothing to be alarmed about. The Church has never been timorous of embracing unpopular causes—and much to her credit, for her foresight and resolution in the moral sphere have steadily directed the Western conscience towards greater awareness of the unique value of the human person.

We often forget that the humanitarianism of which our civilization is so proud today was first established by the Church in a centuries-long struggle against barbarism and obscurantism. Even though in worldly dealings Church authorities have not always cringed from the use of physical force to assert their policies, we must admit that the long, historical evolution towards respect for human dignity and personal integrity finds its source and constant support in the Church's steadfast insistence on Christian principles.

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