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p. 935. Catholic moral life and teachinglocked

  • Gerald O’Collins


‘Catholic moral life and teaching’ points out that, although Jesus, Paul, and other early Christians endorsed what Judaism had taught about right and wrong behaviour, it was not until modern times that Catholic theologians began developing a distinct body of moral teaching on areas such as social justice, universal human rights, and ecological issues. Vatican II and John Paul II elaborated a consistent ethic in support of human dignity and life, especially with regard to abortion. Sexual activity is restricted to marriage and John Paul II repeatedly condemned contraception as gravely wrong, though this is now an issue of conscience for many Catholic couples.

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