R. Fastiggi – M. Levering, “Humanae Vitae and Catholic Sexual Morality,” Sapientia Press 2024

Veritas Amoris Project

Humanae Vitae and Catholic Sexual Morality
A Response to the Pontifical Academy for Life’s Etica teologica della vita

Edited by Robert L. Fastiggi and Matthew Levering

Description from the Publisher’s website:

In December 2022, a group of Catholic scholars gathered in Rome to take part in a conference titled “A Response to the Pontifical Academy for Life’s Publication, Etica teologica della Vita. Scrittura, tradizione, sfide pratiche.” The conference attempted to pursue in more depth the certain questions touched on in Etica teologica.

Among these questions were: (1) the meaning of the “radical paradigm change” ( radicale cambio di paradigm) in moral theology, mentioned by some members of the Pontifical Academy for Life; (2) the doctrinal status of the Church’s teaching on contraception and whether this teaching is infallible; (3) how Catholic sexual morality is related to the question of intrinsically evil acts; (4) how we are to understand conscience and discernment in reference to actions that are intrinsically disordered; and (5) the relation of Catholic moral theology to gender ideology, homosexual unions, and transgenderism.

The chapters in the present volume, which grew out of the conference, examine these issues with a special focus on the teaching of St. Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical, Humane Vitae, and its definitive and infallible status.

The chapters are divided into four parts, reflecting different approaches to responding to these questions. Part I covers foundational issues, part II discusses the doctrinal dimension, part III takes a look at the anthropological dimension, and part IV examines the beauty and wisdom of Catholic sexual morality. All of the chapters seek to defend authentic Catholic sexual morality grounded in the natural law, Sacred Scripture, tradition, and the Magisterium. The authors seek to uphold the teachings of Humanae vitae and Veritatis splendor with an authentic Catholic understanding of the theology of the body, the meaning of conscience, and the sacredness of marriage and human sexuality.

Contributors to this volume are: Fulvio Di Blasi, Thomas International Center for Philosophical Studies; Theresa Farnan, Ethics and Public Policy Center; Robert Fastiggi, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan; John Finnis, University of Oxford; Angela Franks, St. John’s Seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts; Paul Gondreau, Providence College; Oana Gotia, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan; Fr. José Granados, Disciples of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Madrid; Matthew Levering, University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary; Monsignor Piotr Mazurkiewicz, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Warsaw; Monsignor Livio Melina, Pontifical Academy of Theology; Fr. Luis Sánchez Navarro, Universidad San Damaso, Madrid; Theresa Notare, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; Grégor Puppinck, European Centre for Law and Justice; Adrian Reimers, Holy Cross College, Indiana; Peter Ryan, SJ, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan; Michael Waldstein, Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio.

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