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Private conscience and ecclesiological certitude: the humanae vitae dilemma in Bruce Marshall's The Bishop

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dc.contributor.author Hale, Frederick Allen
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-04T07:07:52Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-04T07:07:52Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Hale, F.A. 2010. Private conscience and ecclesiological certitude: the humanae vitae dilemma in Bruce Marshall's The Bishop. Religion & theology: a journal of contemporary religious discourse, 17(3-4):447-464. [http://www.brill.com/religion-and-theology] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1023-0807
dc.identifier.issn 1574-3012 (Online)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/7815
dc.identifier.uri http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/brill/rat
dc.description.abstract Humanae Vitae, the encyclical of 1968 in which Pope Paul VI reconfirmed the Catholic Church's traditional stance against artificial means of contraception, engendered heated debates among moral theologians and lay people in many countries. It also disaffected many members of that confession. Some of the most revealing accounts of the discord in the United Kingdom are in imaginative literature. The present article analyses one of these works, Bruce Marshall's novel of 1970, The Bishop, contextually against the backdrop of the discord in English Catholic circles. It is argued that Marshall, himself a convert to Catholicism and a loyal if sometimes critical member of the Church of Rome, too optimistically predicted a reform of the position taken in Humanae Vitae. en_US
dc.description.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/157430110X597926
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Bril Academic Publishers en_US
dc.subject Humanae vitae en_US
dc.subject Bruce Marshall en_US
dc.subject contraception en_US
dc.title Private conscience and ecclesiological certitude: the humanae vitae dilemma in Bruce Marshall's The Bishop en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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