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Catholics and Contraception
Author: Leslie Woodcock Tentler

ISBN: 9780801474941
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 16 November 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6 x 0.5
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As Americans rethought sex in the twentieth century, the Catholic Church's teachings on the divisive issue of contraception in marriage were in many ways central. In a fascinating history, Leslie Woodcock Tentler traces changing attitudes: from the late nineteenth century, when religious leaders of every variety were largely united in their opposition to contraception; to the 1920s, when distillations of Freud and the works of family planning reformers like Margaret Sanger began to reach a popular audience; to the Depression years, during which even conservative Protestant denominations quietly dropped prohibitions against marital birth control.

Catholics and Contraception carefully examines the intimate dilemmas of pastoral counseling in matters of sexual conduct. Tentler makes it clear that uneasy negotiations were always necessary between clerical and lay authority. As the Catholic Church found itself isolated in its strictures against contraception-and the object of damaging rhetoric in the public debate over legal birth control-support of the Church's teachings on contraception became a mark of Catholic i...

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