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G., R. (1946). Personal Mental Hygiene: By Dom Thomas Verner Moore. New York: Grune and Stratton, 1944. 323 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 15:243-245.

(1946). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 15:243-245

Personal Mental Hygiene: By Dom Thomas Verner Moore. New York: Grune and Stratton, 1944. 323 pp.

Review by:
R. G.

Perhaps this is the only kind of 'mental hygiene' that a priest who is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry of the Catholic University of America could write.

Mechanical methods of contraception are inherently wrong and one is not allowed47 to practice the biological method of rhythm merely to avoid the burden of children (p. 163).

Fn. 47: 'We are dealing here with mental hygiene and do not enter into the discussion of the ethics of this problem…

Father Moore openly longs for the Thirteenth, Greatest of Centuries, in which the Church had the start of this majestic world.

If a nation can be in some sense a "balanced personality" … we must look upon the medieval state as the expression of a balanced corporate personality… It was due to the union of church and state in one organic living whole. The Eternal Law, God Himself, was conceived of as the soul of this living organism [p. 64]… The stability in the Middle Ages rested to a large extent (1) on the law of charity governing the relations between parents and children, (2) on the Catholic doctrine of the indissolubility of the marriage tie, and (3) on the general concepts of duties and obligations between all members of the social order… After ecclesiastical authority had been called in question [the Reformation], it was only natural that the existence of civil authority should be denied [p. 150]… It is indeed something of a mystery how the broad principles of universal rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution.


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