A church that can and cannot change : the development of Catholic moral teaching / John T. Noonan, Jr.

"By concrete examples, dated and put in context, John T. Noonan, Jr., demonstrates how the moral teaching of the Catholic Church has changed and is changing without abandoning its foundational commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. From St. Paul's return of a runaway slave to his master...

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Main Author: Noonan, John Thomas, 1926-
Format: Book
Published: Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, c2005.
Series:Erasmus Institute books
Online Access:Table of contents
Holy Cross Note:Rehm copy signed by the author.
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Table of Contents:
  • Three unavoidable issues. 1. Father Newman startles.
  • 2. Concubines, castrati, concordats, is there teaching there?
  • 3. Morals without experience and empathy are like sundaes without ice cream or sauce.
  • The unknown sin. 4. God's slaveowners.
  • 5. God's slaves.
  • 6. The pope's slaves.
  • 7. Human slaves as God's slaves.
  • 8. A girl named Zita and other commodities.
  • 9. Moral masters.
  • 10. How the Portuguese got the guinea trade.
  • 11. If John Major were an Indian.
  • 12. Conventions, cries and murmurs, repressions.
  • 13. Advice to the missions.
  • 14. Only if Christianity is a lye.
  • 15. The pope is prompted.
  • 16. Emancipators' Éclat.
  • 17. The sin perceived, categorized, condemned.
  • Intrinsic evil. 18. Unnatural reproduction.
  • 19. In your city you say it often happens.
  • 20. The custom of the country.
  • Folly, championed. 21. The future is put off.
  • 22. With words for infidels, with fire for the faltering baptized.
  • 23. The requirements of the human person.
  • Conjoined by God, disjoined by God. 24. If the unbeliever separates.
  • 25. If necessity urges.
  • 26. Out of deeds comes law.
  • 27. Out of difficulties comes development.
  • The test of the teaching. 28. How development can be dated, cannot be denied, and should neither be exaggerated nor ignored.
  • 29. How we are innocent despite the development of our descendants.
  • 30. How precedent deters but does not defeat development.
  • 31. That form and formula fail to foil development.
  • 32. That development cannot exceed capacity.
  • 33. That development runs by no rule except the rule of faith.