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Old 11th January 2010, 01:13 PM
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The moral law is not a set of written laws, although any requirement of the moral law can be written down. The moral law is not a set of decisions made by God about good and evil. The moral law is not a particular set of just laws, although all just laws are based on the moral law. The moral law is not the implementation of justice in particular cases. The moral law is justice itself. All that is contrary to the moral law is contrary to justice itself. All that is in agreement with the moral law is in agreement with justice itself.

The moral law is justice itself. God is Justice. Therefore, God is the moral law. All injustice is contrary to the very Nature of God. All justice is in agreement with the very Nature of God. Nothing is immoral unless it is immoral before God. Nothing is moral unless it is moral before God.
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"Do as you wish, I do not care so long as you do not sin." - St. Philip Neri.
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Old 11th January 2010, 06:25 PM
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I don't know what the context was for that quote, but it is not a good description of Christian ethical principles. Ethics is not only about avoiding sin, but also about fulfilling positive precepts, about doing good.

The positive precepts have a minimum to avoid sin, but no upper limit. We should do more than the minimum to fulfill precepts such as worship God, keep holy the Sabbath, honor your parents, love your neighbor, etc.

Most of the emphasis on morality should be on doing as much good as possible. It ought to be a given that we all avoid objective mortal sins against negative precepts.
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Old 11th January 2010, 07:09 PM
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"Do as you wish, I do not care so long as you do not sin." - St. Philip Neri.

I think St. Philip may have been referring to specific acts only because in general as Christians we are called to prayer, works of charity (love) and self denial.
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Natural law is the promulgation of the eternal moral law in all creation, especially in created persons, both in the nature of each created thing, and in the ordered relationship between created things.

Saint Thomas Aquinas: "Augustine says (De Lib. Arb. i, 6) that 'knowledge of the eternal law is imprinted on us.' "

Saint Thomas Aquinas: "The natural law is a participation in us of the eternal law…."

This imprinting of the eternal moral law upon human persons is inherent to human nature itself; it is not merely an addition to, or one aspect of, human nature. For all that God created is inherently good, and therefore all that God created is a reflection of God, who is Goodness itself.

Saint Thomas Aquinas: "The natural law is promulgated by the very fact that God instilled it into man's mind so as to be known by him naturally."
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In order for the faithful to understand and live the Catholic faith, three types of ideas are needed:

1. infallible teachings of Tradition, Scripture, and the Magisterium
2. non-infallible teachings of the Magisterium
3. fallible but sound theological or pious opinion on matters of faith, morals, and salvation.

We cannot live the Faith based solely on infallible teachings of the Magisterium. We need to learn directly from Tradition, directly from Scripture, and also from the Magisterium.

But not every teaching of the Magisterium is infallible. The ordinary teachings of the Pope, the CDF, the individual Cardinals, individual Bishops, Bishops' Conferences, and groups of local Bishops, are non-infallible and are subject to the limited possibility of error.

Neither is it possible to live the Faith without some theological opinion and pious opinion. The Magisterium has not even attempted to give an infallible answer to every possible question on faith and morals. The faithful have always lived the Faith not only by learning from Tradition, and from Scripture, as well as from the Magisterium, but also by relying in part on sound opinion where an explicit teaching is lacking on any point.

Concerning moral theology, there is not an answer to every moral question in the explicit statements of magisterial documents. The theological opinions found in moral theology are necessary to attain a comprehensive and coherent understanding of Catholic ethics.

Moral theology has an important role in the Church, not merely to explain existing explicit clear definitive teachings of the Magisterium, but also to clarify and explain teachings implicit in Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium, so as to advance the understanding of the faithful on morality. And when the Magisterium does teach on ethics, the teaching often draws upon many years, or even many generations, of thought and writing by moral theologians and by other pious members of the faithful.
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