Religion: The Rhythm Lobby

When Pope Paul VI confirmed the ban on use of the Pill and all other "artificial" birth control methods in his 1968 encyclical Hwnanae Vitae, a number of national bishops' conferences softened the blow. They viewed the encyclical as an ideal to be encouraged rather than an absolute restriction to enforce in all cases. And many government and private agencies went ahead with campaigns to limit population. But Pope Paul is not so easily contradicted. Now. acting through his Secretary of State, Jean Cardinal Villot, 65, he has begun a quiet counterattack, attempting to marshal Catholic forces against all official programs,...

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