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Catholicism behind the Iron Curtain: Czechoslovak and Hungarian responses to Humanae Vitae

Heimann, Mary ORCID: and Szegedi, Gabor 2018. Catholicism behind the Iron Curtain: Czechoslovak and Hungarian responses to Humanae Vitae. Harris, Alana, ed. The Schism of '68: Catholicism, Contraception and Humanae Vitae in Europe, 1945-1975, Genders and Sexualities in History, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 303-348. (10.1007/978-3-319-70811-9_13)

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This jointly authored chapter considers official and unofficial Catholic responses to Humanae Vitae in neighbouring socialist States, the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic and the People’s Republic of Hungary, where the Communist leadership controlled public debate on birth control. In Hungary in 1968, HV was rejected as an anachronism by centrist theologians who wanted to modernize the church. In the mid-1970s, church conservatives, with the help of the State, silenced these voices. In Czechoslovakia, preoccupied with the crisis brought about by the Prague Spring reforms, HV was scarcely reported, but both conservative and liberal Catholic responses were briefly aired before the Warsaw Pact troops arrived. HV was afterwards used as a minor propaganda item to shore up the Normalization regime.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DJ Netherlands (Holland) > DJK Eastern Europe
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9783319708102
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 October 2017
Date of Acceptance: 25 September 2017
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2022 09:31

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