Theology of the Body Part I Patristic Thought, The Reformers, Eugenics, Casti Conubii and Humanae Vitae Introduction: Think about it. What are the Questions the Holy Father wanted to address? Doctrinal and Theological-Is Marriage a Good? Procreation? Is The Body Good?
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Patristic Thought, The Reformers, Eugenics, CastiConubii and Humanae Vitae
And the influence of the dualism of the Manichees has never been rooted out among the theologians.
The point is that if marriage is merely a remedy for concupiscence and has no intrinsic goodness as the Church has constantly affirmed, a goodness elevated to the level of sacrament, then, of course, the whole of Christian conjugal morality falls.
Marriage would not necessarily be indissoluble, nor would it then be directed to the good of procreation and education of children, nor would unity of the spouses in their marital love be considered a stable good.
The Goal of
Life: Perfection of
Image of God
(Virtues: Human and
Background to CastiConubii
Law… should correspond feelings and demands of the community,...no need to appeal to God.
Holmes, c. 1900
A more effective social engineering
Pound, c. 1900Contrast the Two Views of Law
Pragmatists, Progressives and Eugenicists: Contraception, Abortion and Euthanasia
“It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind...Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”
Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. in Buck v. Bell, 1927