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Turning Point: The Inside Story Of The Papal Birth Control Commission, And How Humanae Vitae Changed The Life Of Patty Crowley And The Future Of The Church

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More compelling than a novel because it is true, this dramatic story records a watershed event in a way never told before - through the experience of some of the lay people who lived it, particularly Patty Crowley, one of the most revered women in the Catholic Church today. Historians agree that the Vatican decision to go against the majority report of the Papal Birth Cont ...more
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Jimmy
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The question: Should the Church change its position that artificial contraception is intrinsically evil and therefore forbidden in all forms and under all circumstances?

Marcelino Zalba, Spanish Jesuit: What then with the millions we have sent to hell, if these norms were not valid?

Patty Crowley, American wife, mother, and organizer: Father Zalba, do you really believe God has carried out all your orders?

The Church has a difficult time admitting mistakes. It believes the Holy Spirit protects i
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Conor
Aug 26, 2013 rated it liked it
I'll have more to write about this book. My rating really takes into account different levels or aspects of the book. First, the writing. The writing is just bad and this seems as if it could have been proofread by a third grader or not at all. There are numerous typos and mistakes that shouldn't have made it to print.

Second, the substance. Here there is a lot to chew over for those who, as I do, accept the Church's teaching on contraception. The real heartaches of couples who use periodic absti
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Lizzy
Jul 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
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I read this book in order to begin the Reading Challenge prompt "2 Books with Opposing Viewpoints" (with the other book being Why Humanae Vitae Still Matters). This book was based almost solely on emotional arguments and not actual logic (ironically, they spend a good portion of the book arguing that their opponents do not use logic). It also completely Straw Man's the other side rather than arguing against their actual points.

This book is an interesting read in terms of learning about the histo
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Carah Helwig
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"I just can't stand the hypocrisy," said Patty Crowley, member of the Commission. That pretty well captures how a good many Catholics feel about Humanae Vitae and the Church's unwillingness to listen to the voice of the faithful in promulgating the teachings of the faith. Simply a fascinating, albeit upsetting read about how the Birth Control Commission (made up of laypeople, theologians, bishops, and others) voted overwhelmingly in favor of relaxing the Church's position on artificial contracep ...more
Sally orgren
Jun 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bob McClory's books have had a big impact on the reform movement in the Catholic Church. Turning Point reflects the disillusionment of Catholics with the ban on contraception. ...more
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