The course aims to complete building up the framework for moral decision-making in the Roman Catholic tradition, exploring more the basis of Christian moral reasoning.
The main themes in the course will include: Natural law tradition and its contemporary understanding, Moral norms and moral values, a synthetic view of the moral decision, Freedom and responsibility, Culture and morality, the modern concept of sin, its dimensions and the call to conversion. Teaching of magisterial
Natural Law and Moral Life
1.0. Natural law
Vatican Council II, teaches that the "highest norm of human life is God's divine law - eternal, objective, universal – whereby God orders, directs, and governs the entire universe and all the ways of the human community according to a plan conceived in wisdom and in love." In addition, it hold that "man has been made by God to participate in this law, with the result that, under the gentle disposition of divine providence, he can come to perceive ever increasingly the unchanging truth" (Dignitatis humanae,no. 3).
What is then Natural Law?
Catholic theologians understand natural law as Man's participation in God's divine and eternal law.
Vatican II applies the notion of conscience in describing how natural law in intrinsic in human nature
Thus it asserts that natural law is: the law that he [man] discovers "deep within his conscience" (Gaudium et spes, no. 16). Although they did not use the expression "natural law" to designate man's participation in God's divine and eternal law in these passages from Dignitatis humanae and Gaudium et spes, the Council Fathers clearly had the natural law in mind, for right after saying that "man has been made by God to participate in this law," they explicitly referred to three texts of St. Thomas; and of these one was obviously uppermost in their mind, for in it Aquinas affirms that all human beings know the immutable truth of the... [continues]
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