Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. 8-9

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Preface

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pp. 10-13

...with him. He listens to her intently. My mother?s face is the focus ofthe photograph, but as you extend outward from her, you notice othermembers of my family. My father stands calmly to my mother?s side,smiling. My brother and I peer through the group of adults. I gazeMy mother?s uncle, an Italian diplomat and good friend of the pope,...

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CHAPTER 1 Introduction

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pp. 14-40

...n this book I undertake a critical reflection on one religious tradi-tion?s response to a particular moral issue: the Catholic Church andits official teaching concerning artificial contraception. It is pre-cisely this type of reflection that I take to be characteristic of the disci-pline of religious ethics?a discipline that observes and explains what...

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CHAPTER 2 The History and Grounding of Justi.cations

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pp. 41-72

...and ecclesiastical agendas often conspire to favor one particular view.John Noonan describes the history of Catholic teaching about contra-ception as one of ??tension, reaction, option, and development.?? Heasserts that history is a ??human process?? rather than the ??unilateralaction of God making His Will increasingly evident.??1 Although Noo-...

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CHAPTER 3 Sex: HIV/AIDS, Condoms, and Sexual Morality

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pp. 73-107

Religious traditions do not hesitate to rethink their moral rules in(bolstered by both religion and culture) holds sway in the sexualsphere, a morality whose power depends on resisting critical exam-ination, thus preventing the transformation of traditional beliefsAIDS is perhaps one of the greatest not only medical, social, reli-...

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CHAPTER 4 Violence: Emergency Contraception and Rape

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pp. 108-142

United States allows its hospitals to dispense emergency contracep-tives for rape victims. Is this position at odds with the Church?sabsolute prohibition of artificial contraception? As we have seen in thisstudy, the magisterial teaching asserts that it is the physical act of usingartificial contraception to directly impede procreation that is intrinsi-...

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CHAPTER 5 Justice: Population, Development, and the Common Good

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pp. 143-178

...not prohibit a married couple?s use of contraception, because to doso would infringe on a couple?s constitutionally guaranteed zone ofprivacy.1 A few years later, in its Eisenstadt decision, the Court reaf-firmed this view, but it also specified that this inviolable zone of privacypertained not only to the married couple but also to each individual.2...

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CHAPTER 6 Conclusion

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pp. 179-195

When friends and colleagues would ask what I was working on, I couldalways count on humorous responses, such as ??a book on Catholics andcontraception; . . . that ought to take you one page!?? What more wasthere to say about this topic? In the midst of a world that had over-whelmingly accepted the use of contraceptives as a positive, morally licit...

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pp. 196-211

Index

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pp. 212-225