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Moral Theology - Catholic
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Part of Moral Theology:

1. Catholic

2. Protestant

3. Moral Systems

Since some people regard the casuistic and canonist text-books of moral theology as a permanent and classical expression of Catholicism, we must first note that the Church managed for more than fifteen hundred years not only without that type of moral theology, but even without moral theology as a separate discipline at all. Was the Church less perfect or less concerned for the authenticity of Christian life when it did not possess any self-contained branch of study of that kind?

Scripture does not resemble a text-book…

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Bernhard Häring, “Moral Theology - Catholic”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 26 November 2022 <>
First published online: 2016

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