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<i>Humanae Vitae</i> in the United States

Mark S. Massa

in The American Catholic Revolution

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199734122
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866373 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734122.003.0003
Humanae Vitae in the United States

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This chapter studies the initial reception accorded Pope Paul VI’s letter on artificial birth control published in 1968, “On Human Life” (Humanae Vitae). It specifically focuses on the famous “Mayflower Declaration,” a protest document written by Charles Curran (a theology professor at the Catholic University of America) and signed by more than a hundred American Catholic academics. It also analyzes the theological criticisms of that document by looking at four major players on the American Catholic scene: Curran himself, Richard McCormick, Germain Grisez, and Janet Smith.

Keywords: Humanae Vitae; birth control; Richard McCormick; Janet Smith; Germain Grisez; Charles Curran

Chapter.  8302 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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