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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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Catholic Positions in Liberal Debates

Catholic Positions in Liberal Debates

(p.113) 6 Catholic Positions in Liberal Debates
Religion and Public Reasons

John Finnis

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an essay written for a Catholic audience, and affirming the author's new position on Aquinas and the limited (non-paternalist) jurisdiction of State government and law. The three questions considered are: the reasons for treating truths of faith as proper grounds for action in public life; the permissibility and limits of cooperation (‘material’ or ‘formal’) with wrongdoers; and the limits to and proper forms of teaching by Church pastors on social and political issues. The chapters discussion of voting for ‘imperfect laws’ was corrected in Chapter 22 of Volume IV of this text.

Keywords:   Aquinas, paternalism faith, public action, formal cooperation, material cooperation, imperfect laws, Church teaching

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