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The Story Behind the Catholic Church’s Stunning Reversal on Contraception

posted on June 9, 2014

At Religion Dispatches, Patricia Miller adapts an excerpt from her new book Good Catholics: The Battle Over Abortion in the Catholic Church about the evolution of the Catholic Church’s teaching on contraception. Miller traces the church’s position on the issue from “the first formal theological condemnation of contraception” in the early 400s through Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, which (in a “stunning reversal” from the recommendation presented by a commission appointed by Pope John XXIII) reaffirmed the Church’s ban on artificial contraceptives.

Read at Religion Dispatches