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Catholic Positions in Liberal Debates

John Finnis

in Religion and Public Reasons

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580095
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729416 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580095.003.0007
Catholic Positions in Liberal Debates

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This chapter presents an essay written for a Catholic audience, and affirming the author's new position on Aquinas and the limited (non-paternalist) jurisdiction of State government and law. The three questions considered are: the reasons for treating truths of faith as proper grounds for action in public life; the permissibility and limits of cooperation (‘material’ or ‘formal’) with wrongdoers; and the limits to and proper forms of teaching by Church pastors on social and political issues. The chapters discussion of voting for ‘imperfect laws’ was corrected in Chapter 22 of Volume IV of this text.

Keywords: Aquinas; paternalism faith; public action; formal cooperation; material cooperation; imperfect laws; Church teaching

Chapter.  6611 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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