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Gerald O'Collins SJ and Mario Farrugia SJ

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199259946

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199259941.001.0001

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Catholic Moral Life and Teaching

Catholic Moral Life and Teaching

(p.335) 9 Catholic Moral Life and Teaching

Gerald O'Collins SJ

Mario Farrugia SJ

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by recalling several developments in Catholic moral teaching and practice (on usury, torture, and slavery), and then examines some distinctive Catholic moral convictions: about respect for life, the sexual order, truth, justice, care for the needy, human dignity, and human rights. The chapter ends by proposing two fundamental principles for forming one’s moral conscience: the following of Christ and docility to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Keywords:   Abortion, Euthanasia, John XXIII, Law, Love, War

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