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John Finnis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199580095

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580095.001.0001

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Morality and the Second Vatican Council

Morality and the Second Vatican Council

(p.251) 19 Morality and the Second Vatican Council
Religion and Public Reasons

John Finnis

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a detailed 1980 study of the Council's teachings on conscience, natural law, human dignity, divine revelation and commandments (Decalogue), authority and theological interpretation in moral teaching, consequentialist objections to definitive Catholic moral teachings, and the ‘historicity’ of natural moral law. Theologians critiqued include especially Gerard J. Hughes, Karl Rahner, and Timothy O'Connell.

Keywords:   Second Vatican Council, conscience, human dignity, natural law, authority, interpretation, moral teaching, historicity, Gerard J. Hughes, Karl Rahner

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