Sexual Impotence: The Contribution of Paolo Zacchia, 1584-1659, Volumes 252-254

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Gregorian Biblical BookShop, 1988 - Medical - 204 pages
Until very recently, the discussion about what really constitutes the impediment of sexual impotence was wide open. Among those who wrote on the subject was Paolo Zacchia (1584 - 1659), an often-quoted pioneer of forensic medicine in Italy. Zacchia's understanding of the canonical copula different substantially from that which was then current among other authors and canonists. While insisting on the necessity of penetration, Zacchia retained that the ejaculation of the verum semen, with its connotation of being elaborated in the testicles, was not indeed necessary. It is true that for many years this opinion was not admitted. In the end if the praxis and the 1977 Decree of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith proved him right, Zacchia had in turn provided incontestable proof that, contrary to all authoritative allegations, Sixtus' Cum frequenter did not really resolve the question in the sense it was claimed to do and that all along there was indeed much reason to doubt the wisdom of the opinion that was actually followed. This study presents the thought and doctrine of Paolo Zacchia on impotentia coeundi, as well as its forensic implications for the validity of marriage.

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
13
THE AUTHOR AND HIS WORK
23
PARTICULAR ASPECTS RELATED TO THE PROBLEM OF GENERATION
43
MARRIAGE AND IMPOTENCE
61
ORGANIC IMPOTENCE IN MAN
81
FUNCTIONAL IMPOTENCE IN MAN
107
ORGANIC IMPOTENCE IN WOMAN
129
FUNCTIONAL IMPOTENCE IN WOMAN
149
CONCLUSIONS
161
THE WORKS OF PAOLO ZACCHIA
165
TRIBUTES TO PAOLO ZACCHIA
167
INDEX LIBRORUM TITULORUM ET QUAESTIONUM MEDICOLEGALIUM
173
BIBLIOGRAPHY
189
INDEX OF PROPER NAMES
201
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Page 165 - Apes Urbanae, sive de viris illustribus qui ab anno 1630 per totum 1632 Romae adfuerunt ac typis aliquid evulgarunt. Romae, excudebat Orignanus, 1633, in-8*. [K 9543.] 706. — De erroribus magnarum virorum in dicendo, dissertatio rhetorica Romae, apud haeredes Mascardi, 1635, in-8°.
Page 68 - Cum frequenter in istis regionibus eunuchi quidam et spadones, qui utroque teste carent, et ideo cerium ac manifestum est, eos verum semen emittere non posse . . . et humorem forsan quemdam similem semini, licet ad generationem et ad matrimonii causam minime aptum effundunt, matrimonia . . . contrahere praesumant, idque sibi licere pertinaciter contendant . . . requisivit a Nobis fraternitas tua, quid de huiusmodi connubiis sit statuendum.
Page 19 - Oriental churches, consultor to the pontifical commission for the revision of the code of Canon Law...
Page 65 - Haec dilectio proprio matrimonii opere singulariter exprimitur et perficitur. Actus proinde, quibus coniuges intime et caste inter se uniuntur, honesti ac digni sunt et, modo vere humano exerciti, donationem mutuam significant et fovent, qua sese invicem laeto gratoque anirr.o locupletant.
Page 130 - Impedimentiim illud non erat perpetuum, quod praeter divinum miraculum per opus humanum, absque corporali periculo potuit removeri; tradunt cum Pontio lib.
Page 113 - A man with ejaculatory incompetence rarely has difficulty in achieving or maintaining an erection quality sufficient for successful coital connection. Clinical evidence of sexual dysfunction arises when the afflicted individual cannot ejaculate during intra-vaginal containment. Frequently this inability to ejaculate intra-vaginally occurs with first coital experience and continues unresolved through subsequent coital encounters".