New Series-Morality

In the coming weeks I’ll be posting some reflections on morality from a catholic perspective. Navigating moral situations in today’s society is no easy thing. Fortunately, as catholics, we can count on a wealth of resources to help guide us in forming a right conscience. One of the best recent statements is the papal encyclical Veritatis Splendor. In this encyclical pope John Paul II restated Catholic Moral teaching in light of modern errors such as moral relativism, consequentialism, and erroneous views of human freedom and conscience. In a morality class I took we used another helpful guide to the forming of the conscience in the book “Knowing Right From Wrong” by Thomas Williams. In another valuable resource “The Essential Moral Handbook” (EMH), the authors present us with a variety of moral issues considered from the perspective of the Catholic moral tradition with a special interest in the application of said tradition in everyday life. In this series I will discuss the issues of in-vitro fertilization, artificial contraception, immigrant workers rights and our concern for environmental issues as presented in chapters 9, 10, 11 and 12 of the EMH respectively, and illuminated with the reflections of pope John Paul and Father Williams.

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