MR. PETER SMITH, a Derby publisher, has revealed that "All Things New". the book he has published by Dr. Anne Biezanck has been banned by the Eire Office of Censorship.
Mr. Smith said that Dr. Biezanek. in her book, had openly challenged the moral theologians of her Church on the whole question of contraception.
He said: "We have had many orders for the book from Eire, but the ban was not unexpected. It is typical of the bigoted Catholic spirit there. They have not caught the spirit of the Pope at all. Naturally I shall appeal against the ban."
The hook had been favourably reviewed in many parts of the world, not least by Catholics, he said. Fr. Arthur McCormack, in the Tablet. had recommended it to priests and theologians, and Sir Francis Walshe, a Catholic doctor, had praised the book in the Medical News.
It was being published by the house of Harper and Rowe in America. whose religious editor, Mr. Fred Wieck. himself a Catholic, had said that it "speaks in the authentic voice of the Catholic laity, giving expression to the agony of millions of Catholic women the world over".
Mr. Smith added that sales of his own edition were extremely good, and that he had granted subsidiary paperback rights to Pan Books, whose first printing would be of 100,000 copies.