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A Defense of “ Humanae Vitae ”

Laval théologique et philosophique
Consortium Erudit
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DOI: 10.7202/1020152ar
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"A Defense of “ Humanae Vitae ”" Érudit est un consortium interuniversitaire sans but lucratif composé de l'Université de Montréal, l'Université Laval et l'Université du Québec à Montréal. Il a pour mission la promotion et la valorisation de la recherche. Érudit offre des services d'édition numérique de documents scientifiques depuis 1998. Pour communiquer avec les responsables d'Érudit : [email protected] Article Richard J. Connell Laval théologique et philosophique, vol. 26, n° 1, 1970, p. 57-87. Pour citer cet article, utiliser l'information suivante : URI: DOI: 10.7202/1020152ar Note : les règles d'écriture des références bibliographiques peuvent varier selon les différents domaines du savoir. Ce document est protégé par la loi sur le droit d'auteur. L'utilisation des services d'Érudit (y compris la reproduction) est assujettie à sa politique d'utilisation que vous pouvez consulter à l'URI Document téléchargé le 18 March 2014 03:39 "A Defense of “ Humanae Vitae ”" A DEFENSE OF “HUMANAE VITAE” Richard J. C o n n e l l I. THE PROBLEM One can say with truth, it seems, that few encyclicals have been as badly re­ceived as Humanae Vitae. Objection to its teaching is widespread among priests and academicians, and there exists an even more widespread confusion among laymen about the value of its contents. These conditions are the main reason for the present essay, which is a defense of the doctrine contained in Humanae Vitae. Our aim is to elaborate upon what Humanae Vitae presents, and to discuss its issues in a preparatory context. When a pope speaks in an encyclical letter he is under no obligation to give a fully developed exposition of the doctrine he teaches. His formal responsibility is to pass judgment upon the matter at hand, and this he could do even in the absence of supporting arguments. In practice the Popes seem to make it their policy

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