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Ioannes Paulus PP II
(1993 08 06)
Ioannes Paulus PP. II
Jesus Christ, the true light that enlightens everyone
The purpose of the present Encyclical
CHAPTER I - "TEACHER, WHAT GOOD MUST I DO...? " - Christ and the answer to the question about morality
"Someone came to him..."
"Teacher, what good must I do to have eternal life?"
"There is only one who is good"
"If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments"
"If you wish to be perfect"
"Come, follow me"
"With God all things are possible"
"Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age"
CHAPTER II - "DO NOT BE CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD ": - The Church and the discernment of certain tendencies in present-day moral theology
Teaching what befits sound doctrine
"You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free"
I. Freedom and Law
"Of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat"
"God left man in the power of his own counsel"
Blessed is the man who takes delight in the law of the Lord
"What the law requires is written on their hearts"
"From the beginning it was not so"
II. Conscience and truth
The judgment of conscience
Seeking what is true and good
III. Fundamental choice and specific kinds of behaviour
"Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh"
Mortal and venial sin
IV. The moral act
Teleology and teleologism
The object of the deliberate act
"Intrinsic evil": it is not licit to do evil that good may come of it
CHAPTER III - "LEST THE CROSS OF CHRIST BE EMPTIED OF ITS POWER - Moral good for the life of the Church and of the world
"For freedom Christ has set us free".
Walking in the light
Martyrdom, the exaltation of the inviolable holiness of God's law
Universal and unchanging moral norms at the service of the person and of society
Morality and the renewal of social and political life
Grace and obedience to God's law
Morality and new evangelization
The service of moral theologians
Our own responsibilities as Pastors
Mary, Mother of Mercy