Letters: Aug. 9, 1968

The Papal Encyclical

Sir: Pope Paul's latest encyclical vetoing birth control [Aug. 2] is offered as a reaffirmation of the sacredness of human life as based on truths of divine and natural law. Though very reasonable in tone, there are moments in the document when a faint note of hysteria can be detected. The pill, writes the Pope, might lead to infidelity, loss of respect for women, and could even precipitate political anarchy. However real this social danger may be in the modern world, it is a mistake to make discussion of it depend...

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