By John T. Noonan Jr.
Initially released in 1965, birth control bought unanimous acclaim from all quarters because the first thorough, scholarly, aim research of Catholic doctrine on contraception. greater than ever this topic is of acute predicament to an international dealing with severe inhabitants difficulties, and the writer has written an enormous new appendix reading the improvement of and debates over the doctrine long ago two decades.
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The texts of the New Testament on marriage must be understood in terms of the teaching of the New Testament on virginity. It is the teaching on virginity which was a radical break from the Old Testament, which to many early Christians overshadowed the teaching on marriage, and which put marriage in a place where, as it were, it had to justify its own existence. org/terms CONTRACEPTION doctrine can only be understood in terms of the value assigned virginity by the Gospels and St. Paul. In the most Jewish of the Gospels, Jesus speaks of those who have "made themselves eunuchs in view of the kingdom of heaven," and it is added, "Let him take it who can take it" (Mt 19: 12).
That contraception as such is condemned seems unlikely. There is no commandment against contraception in any of the codes of law. A comparison between the provisions on other sexual matters and on contraception points up the omission. A man is unclean if he has an emission of seed, but he is not condemned on this account but merely required to bathe (Lv 15: 18). On the other hand, some sexual acts in marriage are severely condemned by the law. Marital intercourse in menstruation is treated on a par with adultery (Ez 18: 6, Lv 18: 19); it is a crime requiring that husband and wife "be cut off from their people" (Lv 20: 18 ).
Slave concubinage is allowed. An unmarried man who takes an unmarried girl and has intercourse with her is to be fined and forced to take her as a wife, but if a girl has secretly been unchaste, she is to be stoned (Dt 22: 13-29). Divorce may be obtained only by a husband (Dt 24:1-4). True, moments of tenderness, personal encounter between man and woman, or passion are recorded. Although the account of the origins of Israel is primarily the history of the tribes, one may abstract from the major purpose of the narrative to observe what were considered to be possible motivations for human action.
Contraception: A History of Its Treatment by the Catholic Theologians and Canonists by John T. Noonan Jr.