John Michael McDermott, SJ, “Science, sexual morality, and Church teaching: another look at ‘Humanae vitae’.” ‘Irish Theological Quarterly’ 70 (2005): 237-261.

John McDermott, SJ, “Science, sexual morality, and Church teaching: another look at Humanae vitae.Irish Theological Quarterly 70 (2005) 237-261.

Official Abstract: How does the modern understanding of science and technology affect the Church’s traditional interpretation of the natural law? Is freedom opposed to the necessities of nature? Can there be exceptions to the natural law? Humanae Vitae provided a test case where opposing ideas of ‘nature’ emerged, giving rise to different theologies. The encyclical, together with subsequent magisterial teaching, has also provided the basis for the development of a rich theology of marriage.

Father McDermott is a member of the International Theological Commission and he teaches at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.

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