The Church and Abortion (Hardcover)

A Catholic Dissent

By George Dennis O'Brien

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 9781442205772, 171pp.

Publication Date: October 16, 2010

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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 the Author

George Dennis O'Brien is 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.