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Contraception: The Catholic Controversy
In the 1960s, the majority of Roman Catholic bishops almost voted to permit contraception--then something changed.

These days, the Catholic Church vehemently regards all contraceptive methods as contrary to the Church pro-life stance. While these teachings are proclaimed by the Catholic hierarchy, Catholic women nonetheless use contraception at the same rates of non-Catholic women.

Join RCRC for an insightful discussion as historian Elaine Tyler May and Catholics for Choice president Jamie Manson explore the theology and politics of Catholic opposition to contraception. This important conversation will be moderated by ethicist Kate Ott.

Mar 2, 2021 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Elaine Tyler May
Elaine Tyler May is Regents Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Minnesota. She is past president of the Organization of American Historians, and past president of the American Studies Association. Her books include Fortress America: How We Embraced Fear and Abandoned Democracy (2017); America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation (2010); Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era (1988, newest edition 2017); Barren in the Promised Land: Childless Americans and the Pursuit of Happiness (1997); Pushing the Limits: American Women, 1940-1961 (1996); and Great Expectations: Marriage and Divorce in Post-Victorian America (1980). She has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Ms., Daily Beast, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, among others. She is a recent recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Jamie Manson
An internationally recognized voice on gender equality, sexuality and reproductive health, thought leader, and journalist Jamie Manson is president of Catholics for Choice. Manson has served as a columnist for the National Catholic Reporter, where she was an often-solitary voice for reproductive freedom and justice and was one of the first to sound the alarm about the right-wing push for “religious liberty.” Her columns have led to interviews with the New York Times, CBS, MSNBC and NPR. Manson edited and wrote the introduction to Changing the Questions: Explorations in Christian Ethics, a collection of writings by her mentor, renowned scholar Margaret Farley. She is a recognized authoritative voice who has spent more than a decade challenging the Church hierarchy on issues of gender equality, sexuality, and reproductive health. Manson is a graduate of Yale Divinity School where she focused on Catholic theology, sexual ethics, and spirituality.
Kate Ott
A catholic and feminist, Kate Ott is an expert on the formation of moral communities with specializations in technology, youth and young adults, sexuality, pedagogy and professional ethics. Her forthcoming book, Christian Ethics for a Digital Society, will drop in fall 2018. Kate’s other books include Sex + Faith: Talking with Your Child from Birth to Adolescence, two co-edited volumes and dozens of book chapters and articles. She lectures and leads workshops across North America on technology and sexuality issues that are related to faith formation for teens, young adults and parents and religious educators and professionals. She is an associate professor of Christian social ethics.