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Church in Anguish: Has the Vatican Betrayed the Council? by Hans Kung, Leonard Swidler

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The privileged status of the nobility and landed gentry that oppressed the landless peasants and other minorities throughout much of its history right into the twentieth century prepared the way for the socialist experiment that was imposed by the regime after World War II. Thirty-five years of failure of this experiment resulted in the Solidarity explosion of 1980. What is interesting to note is that the leaders of Solidarity were not clamoring for capitalism; they explicitly rejected such an option.

Rather, “the correct attitude toward procreation is a condition for the realization of love” (p. 226). With no attempt at anything like an empirical proof, he simply claims that contraceptive measures “have a damaging effect on love” (p. 53). In his treatment of the erotic and emotional aspects of sexuality, Wojtyla says at first that genuine love or goodwill can “keep company” with the love that is desire, so long as desire “does not overwhelm all else” (p. 84). Later, however, he writes that the will “combats” the sexual urge and “atones for the desire to have the other person” (p.

The privileged status of the nobility and landed gentry that oppressed the landless peasants and other minorities throughout much of its history right into the twentieth century prepared the way for the socialist experiment that was imposed by the regime after World War II. Thirty-five years of failure of this experiment resulted in the Solidarity explosion of 1980. What is interesting to note is that the leaders of Solidarity were not clamoring for capitalism; they explicitly rejected such an option.

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