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Moral thought begins in the conscience informed by natural law. The Ten Commandments and Jesus' life are the foundations for Catholic moral action, which has resulted in the Church's strong social teachings.
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Catholic Moral theology, known as Christian Ethics in non-Catholic contexts, encompasses Roman Catholic social teaching, medical ethics, sexual ethics, and moral virtue and theory.

Moral theology seeks to define and address things such as the different methods of moral discernment, the definitions of right and wrong, good and evil, sin and virtue, etc.

Studies in moral theology are numerous and wide-ranging. The literature for research is very large and diverse.


Since Vatican II

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Moral theology in an age of renewal : a study of the Catholic tradition since Vatican II / Paulinus Ikechukwu Odozor.
ISBN: 0268034702
Contents: Introduction -- The second Vatican Council and the renewal of moral theology -- Humanae vitae and its aftermath -- Some theological supports for the renewal of moral theology -- The distinctiveness of Christian morality -- Scripture and ethics -- Natural law in the Catholic moral tradition -- Magisterium and morality -- The debate on moral norms -- Two alternative approaches: virtue ethics and casuistry -- Catholic moral tradition in an age of renewal -- Pope John Paul II on postconciliar moral theology: an epilogue and a beginning.

Thomas Aquinas: Fundamental Moral Theology

Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), Summa Theologica, Prima Secundae Partis. Section on law. English translation. The Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas, 2nd. and rev. ed., trans. by the Fathers of the English Dominican Province, 1920.


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