Catholic Dictionary

Moral Theology

The study of the ethical demands of the Gospel and those of faith, hope, and charity, which lead to conformity to Christ. It discerns the goodness or evil of actions according to the teachings of the Church. Faith, reason, Divine Revelation (i.e., Scripture and Tradition), and the natural law govern the norms of moral theology. It is closely connected to Canon Law and assists the faithful in knowing how to respond to the pressures of the modern world by making them aware of what the Church teaches on a variety of topics such as contraception, in vitro fertilization, and sharing with the needy.

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