Morality and the Second Vatican Council

John Finnis

in Religion and Public Reasons

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580095
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729416 | DOI:
Morality and the Second Vatican Council

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This chapter provides a detailed 1980 study of the Council's teachings on conscience, natural law, human dignity, divine revelation and commandments (Decalogue), authority and theological interpretation in moral teaching, consequentialist objections to definitive Catholic moral teachings, and the ‘historicity’ of natural moral law. Theologians critiqued include especially Gerard J. Hughes, Karl Rahner, and Timothy O'Connell.

Keywords: Second Vatican Council; conscience; human dignity; natural law; authority; interpretation; moral teaching; historicity; Gerard J. Hughes; Karl Rahner

Chapter.  12001 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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