Janet Smith: Humanae Vitae and Conscience


In Humanae Vitae and Conscience, Janet E. Smith, PhD, applies her gifts of philosophy and analysis to the role of conscience. She makes it crystal clear that relying on conscience does not mean doing whatever we want. Instead, it means a life-long effort to discover and abide by what is right and wrong, regardless of what we might prefer.

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Professor Janet E Smith, holds the Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. She is the author of Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later, editor of Why Humanae Vitae Was Right: A Reader. She has published many articles on ethical and bioethics issues. She has taught at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Dallas. Prof. Smith has received the Haggar Teaching Award from the University of Dallas, the Prolife Person of the Year from the Diocese of Dallas, and the Cardinal Wright Award from the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars.
She is serving a second term as a consultor to the Pontifical Council on the Family. Over a million copies of her talk, "Contraception: Why Not" have been distributed.

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