Gaudete et Exsultate – Impossibility and the Divine Law

Critics of Pope Francis, and his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, have often complained that his teaching on the divorced and remarried contradicts the Council of Trent (Session 6, Canon 18): “If any one saith, that the commandments of God are, even for one that is justified and constituted in grace, impossible to keep; let him … Continue reading Gaudete et Exsultate – Impossibility and the Divine Law

Time is Greater than Space – A Review of Gerhard Höver

1. THE BACKGROUND[1] Dr Gerhard Höver, a Corresponding Member of the Pontifical Academy of Life since 25 July 2017[2], recently published an article called “Time is greater than space”: Moral-theological reflections on the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation[3]. This article, which has elicited some negative public commentary, argues in the words of its abstract that based on … Continue reading Time is Greater than Space – A Review of Gerhard Höver

Cardinal Ratzinger’s 1991 Tablet Correspondence

It has sometimes been said, rightly or wrongly I don’t know, that the Reformation could be understood in a sense as an argument between different aspects drawn from the thought of St Augustine of Hippo. Whatever the truth of that assertion, I think it may be possible to similarly think of the arguments regarding Holy … Continue reading Cardinal Ratzinger’s 1991 Tablet Correspondence

John C. Ford, Contemporary Moral Theology & Amoris Laetitia

Contemporary Moral Theology Volume 1 – Questions in Fundamental Moral Theology – By John C. Ford and Gerald Kelly Fr. John Cuthbert Ford, SJ (1902-1989) was one of the leading American Catholic moralists of the 20th century. Writing in the year of Father Ford’s death, Richard McCormick, S.J., could still vividly recall a time when … Continue reading John C. Ford, Contemporary Moral Theology & Amoris Laetitia

Chapter 2 – Doctrinal Value and Interpretation of Papal Teaching

Contemporary Moral Theology Volume 1 – Questions in Fundamental Moral Theology – By John C. Ford and Gerald Kelly Chapter 2 – Doctrinal Value and Interpretation of Papal Teaching At the Annual Meeting of the Catholic Theological Society of America in 1949, a paper read by Eugene M. Burke C.S.P,1 devoted considerable space to the … Continue reading Chapter 2 – Doctrinal Value and Interpretation of Papal Teaching

Chapters 8 to 11 – Extracts on Reduced Culpability

Contemporary Moral Theology Volume 1 – Questions in Fundamental Moral Theology – By John C. Ford and Gerald Kelly  Extracts on Reduced Culpability (all emphasis added and footnotes omitted) Chapter 8 – Situation Ethics: Some Further Observations – Page 127 For instance, as we shall explain later, some Catholic authors have gone entirely too far … Continue reading Chapters 8 to 11 – Extracts on Reduced Culpability