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Tacit consent: the Church and birth control in northern Italy.

Authors
  • Dalla-Zuanna, Gianpiero1
  • 1 University of Padua, Italy. , (Italy)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Population and development review
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2011
Volume
37
Issue
2
Pages
361–374
Identifiers
PMID: 22069765
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This article employs novel documentation to examine ways in which the Church's moral rules on contraception were (or were not) communicated to parishioners in a predominantly Catholic context in a period of rapid fertility decline: the diocese of Padua, in the northeastern Italian region of Veneto, during the first half of the twentieth century. The account is based on documents that have until now been overlooked: the moral cases discussed during the periodic meetings among Padua priests in the years 1916–58, and the written answers provided by priests in response to a question asked of them concerning their efforts to combat the limiting of births. This documentation reveals the limited effect on the reproductive behavior of the position of the Catholic Church against birth control.

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