Conscience And Catholicism

Overview

The understanding and use of conscience in Roman Catholicism has undergone evaluation within the broader efforts of the renewal of moral theology called for by Vatican II. A review of the literature reveals that among contemporary Catholic moral theologians there are differences in the way conscience is understood and employed. These differences are reflected in the distinct perspectives of < 'revisionist' and 'non-revisionist' or 'traditional' Roman Catholic moral theologians. Because conscience is a central ...

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Overview

The understanding and use of conscience in Roman Catholicism has undergone evaluation within the broader efforts of the renewal of moral theology called for by Vatican II. A review of the literature reveals that among contemporary Catholic moral theologians there are differences in the way conscience is understood and employed. These differences are reflected in the distinct perspectives of < 'revisionist' and 'non-revisionist' or 'traditional' Roman Catholic moral theologians. Because conscience is a central issue in Roman Catholic moral theology and pastoral practice, and since 'freedom of conscience' and the 'rights of conscience' are often invoked in response to both theological issues and pastoral concerns, an analysis and evaluation of contemporary theological understandings of conscience is called for. This book studies the nature and function of conscience in contemporary Roman Catholic moral theology. It does so by examining, comparing and evaluating the ways in which conscience is understood by two representative contemporary moral theologians: Germain Grisez who represents the non-revisionist or more traditional school Roman Catholic moral theology and Bernard Hring who represents the revisionist school.

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Editorial Reviews

The Expository Times
...a lucid exposition of synderesis and conscientia, how and why conscience binds, and the resources which aid decisions of conscience...
Theological Studies
...valuable for the way it retrieves some often neglected themes in Aquinas...an excellent secondary source for any course that includes a serious consideration of conscience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761810384
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 3/12/1998
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 0.42 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. Smith is Assistant Professor of Theology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Ch. I The Nature and Function of conscience according to St. Thomas Aquinas 1
Ch. II Aquinas on the Resources that Aid Decisions and Acts of Conscience 23
Ch. III Germain Grisez: A Non-Revisionist Understanding of the Nature and Function of Conscience 45
Ch. IV Bernard Haring: A Revisionist Understanding of the Nature and Function of Conscience 73
Ch. V Conclusion: Toward a Theology of Conscience 117
Bibliography 139
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