"'The Churches Speak' is a quarterly series of monographs which systematically brings together the major official pronouncements of North American religious bodies and ecumenical organizations on the issues dominating today's headlines. Each monograph is devoted to a single topic and provides an overview of the topic itself, its historical background, and the full range of opinions found in the individual church statements". -- Preface, p. ix.
Contents: Preface / J. Gordon Melton -- Introductory Essay: A Survey of the Pornography Issue / Gary L. Ward -- Statements -- Roman Catholic Church -- Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Churches -- Jewish Groups -- Other Religious Bodies -- Index to Organizations, Statements, and Subjects.
Contents of Roman Catholic Church section: Introductory Note -- Resolution on Indecent Literature (1932) / U.S. Catholic Conference -- A Statement on Censorship / U.S. Catholic Conference -- Excerpt from '"Humanae Vitae" (1968) / Pope Paul VI -- Distinctions: Sexuality, Obscenity and Pornography (1972) / Bishop Ernest Primeau -- Pornography:Saturation Impact (1972) / Bishops of California -- Statement on the Introduction of the Family Viewing Period During Prime Time by the Television Networks (1975) / U.S. Catholic Conference -- Statement on Pornography (1984) / Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops -- Report of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas (1985) / Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
Contents of Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Churches section include statements from: American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. -- American Family Association -- Baptist General Conference -- Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) -- Christian Reformed Church in North America -- Church of God in Christ, Mennonite -- Church of the Brethren -- Church of the Nazarene -- Episcopal Church -- Evangelical Congregational Church -- Evangelical Free Church of America -- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America -- Free Methodist Church -- Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America -- Independent Fundamental Churches of America -- Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod -- National Association of Evangelicals -- National Association of Free Will Baptists -- National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. -- Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) -- Reformed Church in America -- Salvation Army -- Seventh-day Adventist Church -- Southern Baptist Convention -- United Church of Canada -- United Church of Christ -- United Methodist Church -- Wesleyan Church.
Contents of Jewish Groups section: Introductory Note -- Church and the Family (1983) / Nationadl Federation of Temple Sisterhoods -- Censorship of Books (1981) / Union of American Hebrew Congregations.
Contents of Other Religious Bodies section: Introductory Note -- Islam and the Position of Women / Shi'a Islam -- Towards Understanding Islam (1963) / Sunni Islam -- Censorship and Obscenity Laws (1974) / Unitarian Universalist Association.
"Each issue of 'The Churches Speak' begins with an introductory essay which provides an overview of the topic itself and traces its recent historical manifestations. This essay also summarize, compares, and contrasts the opinions found in the individual statements, allowing the user to place each one in the appropriate context. Each essay concludes with bibliographic citations to sources for further reading on the topic. The statements presented in each monograph are arranged into four main sections based on broad religious families or traditions: The Roman Catholic Church (which represents the single largest religious body in the United States); Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Churches; Jewish Groups; and Other Religious Bodies. Within the Roman Catholic Church section, statements are arranged chronologically by issuing date. The remaining sections are subarranged alphabetically by individual churches, religious bodies, or ecumenical organizations; the statements issued by each organization are presented chronologically within that organization. Each of the four religious family sections is preceded by a note which provides background information of the family and analysis of its perspective on the issue in question." -- Preface.
Contents: Preface / J. Gordon Melton -- Introductory Essay: The Contemporary Debate in the Churches on the AIDS Crisis -- Statements -- Index to Organizations, Statements, and Subjects.
Statements sub-divided into sections: Roman Catholic Church -- Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Churches -- Jewish Groups -- Other Religious Bodies.
OTCH Note: Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Churches section contains four Canadian and/or Anglican statements as follows: A Bi-National (Canada/United States) Consultation Statement on AIDS (1987) -- AIDS: Some Guidelines for Pastoral Care (1986) / Church of England -- Resolution on AIDS (1988), Report of the Commission on Human Affairs and Health (1988) / Episcopal Church -- Statement on AIDS (1986), Statement on AIDS (1987), AIDS in Canada (1988) / United Church of Canada.