The Catholic ethics collection focuses on moral theology and includes Catholic social teaching, and various applied ethical subjects: as medical ethics, sexual ethics. It opens a large scope on moral virtues and moral doctrines.

Recent Submissions

  • Consumer Bankruptcy Policy: Ability to Pay and Catholic Social Teaching

    Flint, Richard E (Digital Commons at St. Mary's University, 2012-01-01)
    An essay is presented on consumer bankruptcy policy in the U.S. It informs about the significant changes in the consumer bankruptcy introduced by the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 including incorporation of an ability-to-pay test as a requirement for getting the benefits of the act. It reviews the Catholic social teaching related to the interrelationship between the dignity of man and his rights and duties to promote justice and the common good.
  • When Borders Cross People: Whose [Who’s] Poor, or The Spirit of Immigration

    Hartigan, Emily A (Digital Commons at St. Mary's University, 2008-01-01)
    Borders and fences limit the opportunity to engage the Other. Society’s ability to engage the unknown is essential to comprehend personal identity, and an unfunded, incomplete fence on one border questions America’s ability to know itself. A fence establishes a boundary distinguishing the safety of the known from fear of the unknown, but the exchange between the two is essential to genuine self-discovery. The lives of Mexican immigrants, marginalized Palestinian mothers, and Australian aborigines reveal a common motive to support their families and culture. Understanding their stories, struggles, and desires transforms them from immigration statistics to human beings worthy of compassion. God’s grace and revelation require interaction with the immigrant, the poor, and the stranger. Catholic teachings encourage open discussion of complicated and controversial issues facing the modern world.
  • Assisted Reproductive Techniques and Catholicism(s) in the US

    Johnson, Maria Cecilia (International Association for the Study of Religion and Gender, 2019-12)
    Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ARTs) have proposed a new way of understandingnotions of sexuality, reproduction, gestation, and family, and these transformations have arguably been a challenge in the religious field. This study aims to analyze the stances taken within the Catholic spectrum in the United States on ARTs.Catholicism in the United States is an internally heterogeneous space, and different agents have taken diverse stances on ARTs, with an impact on health care regulations, Catholic facilities administrations, and Catholics and non-Catholics reproductive rights. Drawing from a qualitative, interpretive, and documentary analysis of three organizations (the US Conference of catholic bishops, the Catholic Health Organization, and Catholics for Choice), this article proposes some guidelines to analyze and understand the arguments and strategies of various Catholics actors in the United States regarding reproductive healthcare and ARTs in the United States.
  • Womanpriest

    Peterfeso, Jill (Fordham University Press, 2020)
    "This book is openly available in digital formats thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. While some Catholics and even non-Catholics today are asking if priests are necessary, especially given the ongoing sex-abuse scandal, The Roman Catholic Womanpriests (RCWP) looks to reframe and reform Roman Catholic priesthood, starting with ordained women. Womanpriest is the first academic study of the RCWP movement. As an ethnography, Womanpriest analyzes the womenpriests’ actions and lived theologies in order to explore ongoing tensions in Roman Catholicism around gender and sexuality, priestly authority, and religious change. In order to understand how womenpriests navigate tradition and transgression, this study situates RCWP within post–Vatican II Catholicism, apostolic succession, sacraments, ministerial action, and questions of embodiment. Womanpriest reveals RCWP to be a discrete religious movement in a distinct religious moment, with a small group of tenacious women defying the Catholic patriarchy, taking on the priestly role, and demanding reconsideration of Roman Catholic tradition. Doing so, the women inhabit and re-create the central tensions in Catholicism today."
  • Disturbing the Peace

    Hartigan, Emily A (Digital Commons at St. Mary's University, 1998-01-01)
    When concerns of race, gender, and orientation intersect with the Catholic faith and church, the interaction can prove painful and difficult. Experiences of feeling judged or condemned ricochet between camps, the members of each desperate to defend that which they feel is inherent to them, to their identities and self-understanding. But despite the damage that Catholicism can and has inflicted by its striction and history, it retains a mode of outreach to the disaffected—La Virgen, dark and female and still only just coming to be understood. She is controversial and always subject to attempts at political manipulation, but she is also one who would have been both present and ironically active in gatherings of those who attend the dispossessed, critique the powers that be, and value stories, as she must have been at the conference of LatCrit II at the Center for Legal and Social Justice of St. Mary’s School University of Law.
  • If the Pope Is Infallible, Why Does He Need Lawyers?

    Piatt, Bill (Digital Commons at St. Mary's University, 2015-01-01)
    One of the most widely misunderstood teachings of the Catholic Church involves the doctrine of papal infallibility. As a theological matter, papal infallibility is quite narrow. However, the widespread misconception that all Catholics must believe their Pope cannot make mistakes helped create resentment against Catholics for centuries, which has taken the form of physical attacks, political exclusion, and virulent anti-Catholic propaganda. While the Catholic Church is no longer under direct physical attack, contemporaneous efforts seek to hold the Pope and the Church civilly and criminally liable in various contexts. In some instances, the Pope, acting as the head of the Catholic religion in implementing theological practices, is afforded civil protection. In other cases, the Pope is afforded protection by another legal doctrine involving the “head of state” and related immunity against private civil claims recognized under international law. In these as well as other situations, the Pope requires legal representation. Following examination of the doctrine of papal infallibility, its political equivalent in the “head of state” immunity, and the unique status of the Holy See, an attempt can be made to understand how and why counsel is selected to represent the Holy See.
  • Tomo Akviniečio žmogaus laisvės teorijos tyrimai XX amžiuje (II straipsnis)

    Šulcienė, Lina (2001)
    This is the second part of the article which reviews the XX-th century's studies of St. Thomas Aquinas's theory of human freedom. The author analyses the studies of D. O. Lottin, B. Lonergan and other authors maintaining that there was the change in Aquinas's thinking on the question of human freedom. Special attention is paid to the studies of the problem of the relation of man's will to his ultimate end or the problem of the limits of human freedom.
  • Tomo Akviniečio žmogaus laisvės teorijos tyrimai XX amžiuje (I straipsnis)

    Šulcienė, Lina (2001)
    In this article, the autbor reviews some lines of research in St. Thomas Aquinas theory of human freedom in 20-th century. Two basic lines of investigation are introduced. The first one considers Aquinas' conception of natural law (the question of the status of his ethics) and has the presuppositions of his solution of the problem of human freedom in focus. The studies of this type put in question traditional Neothomist view maintaining that Aquinas' ethics is theory of natural law which it the basis of the free human actions, so that man's practical decision is deducible from the first principles of natural law. The second line of investigation, introduced in this article, discusses Aquinas' general theory of freedom and free human activity. The wide spectrum of problems is analyzed, e.g. the problem of the structure of a free action, the problem of the relationship between will and intellect, as well as two widely discussed topics from Aquinas' theory of freedom: intellectual determinism and voluntarism.
  • Más allá del decrecimiento / Enrique Lluch Frechina.

    UCH. Departamento de Economía y Empresa; Lluch Frechina, Enrique. (Madrid : PPC, 2011., 2011)
    Este libro se puede encontrar en la página web de la editorial PPC en la siguiente URL:
  • La cuestión del sujeto de las virtudes morales en la Ordinatio de Juan Duns Escoto

    Emiliano Javier Cuccia (International Étienne Gilson Society, 2020-03-01)
    "The Question of the Subject of Moral Virtues in the Ordinatio of John Duns Scotus": The article discusses John Duns Scotus’s claim that moral virtues reside in the will as in their subject. It concludes that Scotus represents a position contrary to the common opinion of a large number of his predecessors, not only in relation to virtues but also in relation to the power of the soul and its role in moral life. It also contains a translation of a passage from Ordinatio III, 33, a unique question in which Scotus, after having considered and contested the position of Thomas Aquinas regarding the subject of moral virtues, gives his own opinion on the topic.
  • The Ethics of Branding In The Age of Ubiquitous Media: Insights from Catholic Social Teaching

    The Pennsylvania State University CiteSeerX Archives; James F Caccamo (2020-04-24)
    ABSTRACT. Branding has long been seen as an effective means of marketing products. The use of brand-based marketing campaigns, however, has come under intense scrutiny over the past ten years for its power to facilitate deception and emotional manipulation. As a way of proceeding through the many differing moral assessments, this paper turns for insight to the tradition of writing on social ethical issues within the Roman Catholic Church. The author suggests that Catholic Social Teaching offers a distinctive approach to advertising ethics that charts a middle course between the two poles of the debate on branding. This article introduces readers to the approach to advertising developed within Vatican documents on media, highlighting the basic values at stake and the particular moral norms for advertising that are articulated. The article then applies these values and norms to the case of brand-based advertising, ultimately suggesting that advertisers approach their work through the virtue of solidarity

    Martin Burke (The Economic & Business History Society, 1999-06-01)
    This essay examines arguments made by American Catholics that “Catholicity” promoted progress and that Catholic morality was essential to capitalist societies. These arguments developed in two contexts: as responses to charges that “popery” caused poverty; and in debates over relationships between Catholicism and capitalism. Articulate Catholics compared the social and economic conditions of Catholic and Protestant nations, and argued that the former were preferable. Only the Church, they insisted, could provide the morality necessary for the state and marketplace. While dissenting from the faith of the American majority, these intellectuals did not reject the political and economic ideologies of American culture. Rather, they assimilated them, and adapted them to Catholic ends.
  • Double effect, all over again: The case of Sister Margaret McBride Ethical and religious directives for Catholic healthcare institutions Á Abortion Á Principle of choosing the lesser evil

    The Pennsylvania State University CiteSeerX Archives; Bernard G Prusak; B G Prusak (2020-04-18)
    Abstract As media reports have made widely known, in November 2009, the ethics committee of St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, permitted the abortion of an eleven-week-old fetus in order to save the life of its mother. This woman was suffering from acute pulmonary hypertension, which her doctors judged would prove fatal for both her and her previable child. The ethics committee believed abortion to be permitted in this case under the so-called principle of double effect, but Thomas J. Olmsted, the bishop of Phoenix, disagreed with the committee and pronounced its chair, Sister Margaret McBride, excommunicated latae sententiae, ''by the very commission of the act.'' In this article, I take the much discussed Phoenix case as an occasion to subject the principle of double effect to another round of philosophical scrutiny. In particular, I examine the third condition of the principle in its textbook formulation, namely, that the evil effect in question may not be the means to the good effect. My argument, in brief, is that the textbook formulation of the principle does not withstand philosophical scrutiny. Nevertheless, in the end, I do not claim that we should then ''do away'' with the principle altogether. Instead, we do well to understand it within the context of casuistry, the tradition of moral reasoning from which it issued.
  • Désenclaver le religieux pour saisir des sociétés en changement. Itinéraires jésuites

    UCL - SSH/IACS - Institute of Analysis of Change in Contemporary and Historical Societies; Mostaccio, Silvia; Research international Seminar (2019)
    For many years I devoted my research to the articulation between religion and power, for a religious history capable of integrating a wider cultural and social framework. My gateway was that of the issues of Early Modern obedience in the Society of Jesus (collective identity, internal governance, disciplinarization of the secular society and especially of women). The comparison of normative sources among Jesuits and other new religious orders has allowed me to identify specific Jesuit characteristics and to better understand the contribution of this religious order to the construction of European societies. More recently, taking seriously the contexts of religious action has led me to a long detour to integrate war into my research, as an essential reality in the lives of lay and religious people throughout Early Modern time in Europe.
  • Editorial: Hope in the Midst of Ruins

    University of Chester; Graham, Elaine L. (Liverpool University Press, 2020-04-15)
    This editorial article introduces the papers originally given at the annual conference of Modern Church, on the theme of "Theology in the Public Square", held in July 2019. It considers what and how, and with what authority, the Christian churches might speak on public issues in the midst of challenges such as Brexit, inequality and globalisation. The church might speak, but is anyone listening?
  • War, Gender and Religion between Flanders and Italy in the Early Modern period: epistemological and historical Issues

    UCL - SSH/IACS - Institute of Analysis of Change in Contemporary and Historical Societies; Mostaccio, Silvia; Research Seminar, CREMS (Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies) (2019)
    I am convinced that leaving back the essentialist binarization man/woman is essential in history. It is a question of moving from polarization to the examination of shared (or not) paths, in a deeply relational perspective. In history I refuse to proceed in watertight compartments: human realities are ontologically systemic and the historian must be able to grasp the complexity of every system
  • Child sexual abuse and the Australian Roman catholic church: Using techniques of neutralisation to examine institutional responses to clergy-perpetrated child sexual abuse

    Weir, Bridget Elizabeth (Queensland University of Technology, 2020)
    Clergy-perpetrated child sexual abuse has emerged as a critical issue on the global stage, demanding widespread public attention and encouraging scrutiny of institutions like the Roman Catholic Church. This thesis uses the theoretical framework of techniques of neutralisation to explore how the Roman Catholic Church as an institution responds to cases of clergy-perpetrated child sexual abuse, and how that response changes over time, through the examination of two case studies – the Ellis case, and the Foster Family case.

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