Archbishop Pell launches book on ethics and the law
Sydney's Archbishop George Pell last night launched a book that seeks to bring to bear on public debate of issues such as abortion and euthanasia, a concept of truth based on human nature, the family and conscience.
The book is titled Morality, Law and Public Policy, and its author Dr Samuel Gregg is a moral philosopher who has spoken extensively on questions of ethics in public policy and Catholic social teaching. It is based on his 2000 Jubilee Lectures in which he explored questions such as the role of conscience, the nature of secularism, the parameters of religious liberty, and the limits of Church involvement in public policy debates.
Dr Gregg is Director of the Center for Economic Personalism at the Acton Institute, Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the USA, and a member of the Faculty of the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Marriage and Family (Melbourne Campus).
In launching the book, Dr Pell pointed out that Gregg's appeal is not to religious authority but to reason.
He said: "[Gregg] sets out to establish that true freedom is based on truth; a task which he describes as like being asked to 'walk on water' in our society."
The event was sponsored by the St Thomas More Society, which was established in 1945 as the Society of Catholic Lawyers under the official auspices of the Archdiocese of Sydney. Dr Pell is Patron of the St Thomas More Society.