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Contraception and Abortion in Roman Catholicism

CHRISTINE E. GUDORF

in Sacred Rights

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780195160017
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849611 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160017.003.0003
Contraception and Abortion in Roman Catholicism

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This chapter examines the experience of contraception and abortion within Roman Catholicism. Critical questions include the extent of knowledge and use of contraception and abortion before the twentieth century, the degree of uniformity between and within theological, Episcopal, and papal teaching on contraception and abortion, and the range of pastoral practice regarding contraception and abortion. Data on these questions helps to determine the extent to which Catholic teachings on contraception and abortion are reformable in the future.

Keywords: contraception; abortion; Roman Catholicism; papal teaching; pastoral practice; Catholic teachings

Chapter.  10349 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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