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There are many who say: But it is also “theology”, inasmuch as it acknowledges that the origin and end of moral enficlica are found in the One who “alone is good” and who, by giving himself to man in Christ, offers him the happiness of divine life. This is in fact the aspiration at the heart of every human decision and action, the quiet searching and interior prompting which sets freedom in motion.

In order to perfect himself in his specific order, the person must do good and avoid evil, be concerned for the transmission and preservation of life, refine and develop the riches of the material world, cultivate social life, seek truth, practise good and contemplate beauty. This has then led to an actual denial that there exists, in Divine Revelation, a specific and determined moral content, universally valid and permanent.

With the guarantee of assistance from the Spirit of truth they have contributed to a better understanding of moral demands in the areas of human sexuality, the family, and social, economic and political life.

Human freedom would thus be able to “create values” and would enjoy a primacy over truth, to the point that truth itself would be considered a creation of freedom.

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This first principle of practical reason is part of the natural law; indeed it constitutes the very foundation of the natural law, inasmuch as it expresses that primordial insight about good and evil, that reflection of God’s creative wisdom which, like an imperishable spark scintilla animaeshines in the heart of every man. At the same time, however, within the context of the theological debates which followed the Council, there have developed certain interpretations of Christian morality which are not consistent with “sound teaching” 2 Tim 4: The answer is only possible thanks to the splendour of the truth which shines forth deep within the human spirit, as the Psalmist bears witness: Second, the law of the spirit can be called the proper effect of the Holy Spirit, and thus faith working through love cf.


Had none remained, we would live without sin in this life. There thus appears to be established within human acting a clear disjunction between two levels of morality: Above all, it would have to respect the fundamental commandment of love of God and neighbour.

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The Church puts herself always and only at the service of conscience, helping it to avoid being tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine proposed by human deceit cf. Assisted by the Holy Spirit who leads her into all the truth cf.

Christ’s relevance for people of all times is shown forth in his body, which is the Church. We love, because he first loved us” 1 Jn 4: Rather, they speak of basic attitudes and dispositions in life and therefore they do not coincide exactly with the commandments. In the “Sermon on the Mount”, the magna charta of Gospel morality, 24 Jesus says: People today need to turn to Christ once again in order to receive from him the answer to their questions about what is good and what is evil.

The word of God would be limited to proposing an exhortation, a generic paraenesis, which the autonomous reason alone would then have the task of completing with normative directives which are truly “objective”, that is, adapted to the concrete historical situation.

Jesus asks us to follow him and to imitate him along the path of love, a love which gives itself completely to the brethren out of love for God: Others speak, and rightly so, of theonomy, or participated theonomy, since man’s free obedience to God’s law effectively implies that human reason veritayis human will participate in God’s wisdom and providence.

Precisely in this perspective the Second Vatican Council called for a rnciclica of moral theology, so that its teaching would display the lofty vocation which the faithful have received in Christ, 14 the only response fully capable of satisfying the desire of the human heart.

If this Encyclical, so long awaited, is being published only now, one of the reasons is that it seemed fitting for it to be preceded by the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which contains a complete and systematic exposition of Christian moral teaching.

This is splendog not only because freedom of conscience is never freedom “from” the truth but always and only freedom “in” the truth, but also because the Magisterium does not bring to the Christian conscience truths which are extraneous to it; rather it brings to light the truths which it ought already to possess, developing them from the starting point of the primordial act of faith.


The heightened concern for freedom in our own day has led many students of the behavioural and the theological sciences to develop a more penetrating analysis of its nature and of its dynamics. In the same way that there is an Old Testament, but all truth is in the New Testament, so it is for the Law: Hear how you are his glory. The natural law thus understood does not allow for any division between freedom and nature.

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On the other hand, there is no separation or opposition carts the Beatitudes and the commandments: With this imagery, Revelation teaches that the power to decide what is carfa and what is evil does not belong to man, but to God alone.

Positive precepts such as these, which order us to perform certain actions and to cultivate certain dispositions, are universally binding; they are “unchanging”. Following Christ is not an outward imitation, since it touches man at the very depths of his being. Thus the traditional doctrine regarding the natural law, and the universality and the permanent validity of its precepts, is rejected; cqrta of the Church’s moral teachings are found simply unacceptable; and the Magisterium itself is considered capable of intervening in matters of morality only in order to “exhort consciences” and to “propose values”, in the light of which each individual will independently make his or her decisions and life choices.

You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness” Mt Certainly, in order to have a “good conscience” 1 Tim 1: To the affirmation that one has a duty to follow one’s conscience is unduly added the farta that one’s moral judgment is true merely by the fact that it has its origin in the conscience. This is pushed to the point where a concrete kind of behaviour, even one freely vertatis, comes to be considered as a merely physical process, and not according to the criteria proper to a human act.