Lecture Fifteen: Chapter Three: Pastoral Considerations; Morality and the Cross of Christ

 

Study Questions

1. How does the following text from scripture apply to the question of the formation of one’s conscience?  “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

(Romans 12:2, Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition).

2. What is the relevance of the following text from scripture on the question of the relation of truth and freedom?  “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”  (John 8:32, Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition).

3. Why does the encyclical stress that the real power of the Church’s teachings in regard to morality resides not only in documents but primarily in looking to the Lord Jesus, especially the Crucified Christ, as the one who reveals the authentic meaning of freedom as total self-gift?

  

Suggestions for further reading:

J. A. DiNoia, O.P., Veritatis splendor: Moral Life as Transfigured Life” in Veritatis splendor and the Renewal of Moral Theology, edited by J.A. DiNoia, O.P. and Romanus Cessario, O.P.. Huntington IN: Our Sunday Visitor, Inc., 1999, pp. 1-10.

Alasdair MacIntyre, “How Can WE Learn What Veritatis splendor Has to Teach?” in  Veritatis splendor and the Renewal of Moral Theology, edited by J.A. DiNoia, O.P. and Romanus Cessario, O.P.. Huntington IN: Our Sunday Visitor, Inc., 1999, pp. 73-94.

Russell Hittinger, “Veritatis splendor and the Theology of Natural Law” in  Veritatis splendor and the Renewal of Moral Theology, edited by J.A. DiNoia, O.P. and Romanus Cessario, O.P.. Huntington IN: Our Sunday Visitor, Inc., 1999, pp. 97=128.