Irish bishops critical of book on moral theology
The Irish Bishops' Conference has issued a doctrinal warning against a 1997 book of Marist theologian Fr Sean Fagan titled Does Morality Change?'
CatholicIreland.net reports that the statement by the bishops is posted on the communications office website and entitled Notification on Recent Developments in Moral Theology and Their Implications for the Church and Society.
The statement says that Fr Fagan's book contains a number of errors.
"The renewal of moral theology inevitably brought about a number of developments, which in the attempt to find a better articulation of the fundamental principles within the context of contemporary culture, can only be described as inadequate, or, indeed, erroneous, as not being in harmony with the church's teaching or the wisdom of humanity," the documents states.
It then identifies five "prevailing errors in moral theology", including the denial of the binding force of the Magisterium on conscience the explicit denial of moral absolutes, specifically those concrete acts which are intrinsically wrong. It also promotes what the Irish Bishops judge to be a false understanding of conscience.
Fr Fagan's book was first published in 1997. According to the Irish Independent, it suggests that the Church's teaching in a number of areas, such as artificial birth control, should change as reality changes and that morality must be responsive to changing realities.
Irish bishops critical of book on moral theology (catholicireland.net 5/8/04)
Notification on Recent Developments in Moral Theology and their Implications for the Church and Society (Catholic Communications Ireland)
6 Aug 2004