The Church and Abortion by George Dennis O'Brien
A Catholic Dissent

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This provocative book takes a critical look at what is increasingly viewed as the central political issue for Catholics—abortion. From pro-choice politicians being denied communion to Democrats being called "the party of death," for some of the most vocal Catholic leaders, the abortion issue often trumps all others. The author, a practicing Catholic who is against abortion in principle, believes the Church is on the wrong course with this issue, with grievous results for the Church and American society more broadly. He gives a brief history of abortion legislation, then explores the issue from legal, moral, and Christian perspectives, presenting compelling reasons why Church leaders and Catholics should stop trying to overturn Roe v. Wade and reconsider the issue.

About George Dennis O'Brien

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George Dennis O'Brien is the former president of the University of Rochester and Bucknell University. He has also been a professor and dean at Princeton University and Middlebury College. He is the author of several books on Catholicism or higher education, including Finding the Voice of the Church and The Idea of a Catholic University.
Published October 16, 2010 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 192 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, History. Non-fiction

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O'Brien, former president of Bucknell University and the University of Rochester, has articulated a balanced perspective on abortion, which, given how contentious this issue has become, means it will probably please very few.

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Dr. George Dennis O’Brien agrees with the American Catholic bishops that abortion is an intrinsic evil but, after that, there is little agreement on this issue: “While it sounds harsh, abortion is an intrinsic evil, though one that may be licit or even required, given other serious moral foundati...

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