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Reframing Catholic Theological Ethics$
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Joseph A. Selling

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198767121

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767121.001.0001

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The Fundamental Norm of Morality and the Human Person

The Fundamental Norm of Morality and the Human Person

(p.120) 5 The Fundamental Norm of Morality and the Human Person
Reframing Catholic Theological Ethics

Joseph A. Selling

Oxford University Press

The Second Vatican Council indicated in a number of its texts that the traditional approach of the moral theological textbooks was no longer adequate to deal with the ethical challenges experienced in the middle of the twentieth century. The bishops suggested that there needed to be more theological and scriptural input in the way the church faces ethical questions and that the notion of human dignity could form a basis upon which to formulate a response to those questions. In order to carry out that mandate, theologians needed to unfold a concept of the human person that went beyond the static, abstract notion of ‘human nature’. In adopting this new norm, theological ethics would no longer be limited to considering human behaviour and could address the entire moral event.

Keywords:   Vatican II, human person, human dignity, theological ethics, human behaviour, moral intention

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