“Moral Absolutes: A Critique of the View of Joseph Fuchs, S.J.”, by Professor Germain Grisez, Ph.D., Anthropos: Rivista di Studi sulla Persona e la Famiglia, Vol. 1, No. 2 (October 1985): pp. 155-201. Available in pdf format through this page of The Way of the Lord Jesus.
Thinking Together about the Common Good: The Political Implications of Thomas Aquinas’s Theory of Conscience, by Dr. Angela Concetta Miceli. LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 252 (2013). Available in pdf format on this page of LSU Digital Commons.
“Conscience and the Relation between Truth and Pastoral Practice: Moral Theology and the Problem of Modernity”, by Professor David L. Schindler, Ph.D., Communio, Volume 46.2 (Summer 2019): pp. 333-385. Available in pdf format through this page of Communio.
“It… seems urgently necessary to recover the authentic concept of authority, not only from the formal juridical standpoint, but more profoundly, as a means of guaranteeing, safeguarding and guiding the Christian community in fidelity to and continuity with Tradition, to make it possible for believers to be in contact with the preaching of the Apostles and with the source of the Christian reality itself.” (Saint John Paul the Great, Address to Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
November 24, 1995)
“In marriage, as the marriage law declares, the man and woman come together for the procreation of children. Therefore whoever makes the procreation of children a greater sin than copulation, forbids marriage, and makes the woman not a wife, but a mistress, who for some gifts presented to her is joined to the man to gratify his passion. Where there is a wife there must be marriage. But there is no marriage where motherhood is not in view; therefore neither is there a wife.”
“For God, the Lord of life, has conferred on men the surpassing ministry of safeguarding life in a manner which is worthy of man…. The sexual characteristics of man and the human faculty of reproduction wonderfully exceed the dispositions of lower forms of life. Hence the acts themselves which are proper to conjugal love and which are exercised in accord with genuine human dignity must be honored with great reverence.
“Hence when there is question of harmonizing conjugal love with the responsible transmission of life, the moral aspects of any procedure does not depend solely on sincere intentions or on an evaluation of motives, but must be determined by objective standards. These, based on the nature of the human person and his acts, preserve the full sense of mutual self-giving and human procreation in the context of true love. Such a goal cannot be achieved unless the virtue of conjugal chastity is sincerely practiced. Relying on these principles, sons of the Church may not undertake methods of birth control which are found blameworthy by the teaching authority of the Church in its unfolding of the divine law.
“All should be persuaded that human life and the task of transmitting it are not realities bound up with this world alone. Hence they cannot be measured or perceived only in terms of it, but always have a bearing on the eternal destiny of men.”
“[I]t is never lawful, even for the gravest reasons, to do evil that good may come of it (cf. Rom 3:8) — in other words, to intend directly something which of its very nature contradicts the moral order, and which must therefore be judged unworthy of man, even though the intention is to protect or promote the welfare of an individual, of a family or of society in general”
Chosen in Christ to Be Saints. III: Moral Virtues and Bioethics, by Prof. Mons. Angel Rodríguez Luño, translated by Gerald Malsbary from Scelti in Cristo per essere santi. III: Morale speciale, 2a ed. (Roma: EDUSC [Edizioni Università Santa Croce], 2012). 407 pages in pdf. Available in pdf format on this page of Etica e Politica.
Formando La Conciencia Para Ser Ciudadanos Fieles: Llamado de los obispos católicos de Estados Unidos a la responsabilidad política, con Nota introductoria (Washington, DC: Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos, 2015). Disponible en formato PDF en el cibersitio de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos.
Note 1: According to the Father Mullan, this was translated from the text that bears corrections by the Saint.
Note 2: As stated by Father Mullan and other commentators, this work is not intended for ordinary laymen without the guidance of a spiritual director. Beginners may do well to use guides by spiritual writers, including:
The Science of Spiritual Life According to the Spiritual Exercises, new and enlarged edition, by Father [James] Clare, S.J. [1827-1902] (London, Leamington: Art and Book Co.; New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1898). May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, mobi and other formats, at Internet Archive.
“[P]odemos ahora comprender correctamente el brindis de Newman antes por la conciencia y sólo después por el Papa. El Papa no puede imponer a los fieles católicos ningún mandamiento solo porque él lo quiere o porque lo considera útil… El significado auténtico de la autoridad doctrinal del Papa consiste en el hecho de que él es el garante de la memoria. El Papa no impone desde fuera sino que desarrolla la memoria cristiana y la defiende.
“Por ello, el brindis por la conciencia ha de preceder al Papa, porque sin conciencia no tiene ningún papado. Todo el poder que él tiene es poder de la conciencia: servicio al doble recuerdo, sobre el que se basa la fe y que tiene que ser continuamente purificada, ampliada y defendida contra las formas de destrucción de la memoria, que está amenazada tanto por una subjetividad que ha olvidado el propio fundamento, como por las dificultades de un conformismo social y cultural.”
[And if the grammar is wrong, pray correct me. Gracias!]
We Hold These Truths: Catholic Reflections on the American Proposition, by John Courtney Murray, S.J. (Kansas City, MO: Sheed and Ward, 1960). May be read online at Woodstock Theological Library at Georgetown University. [N.B., We have assumed that this work was lawfully made available online by Georgetown University and that links to it may be lawfully made. Kindly advise us if this is incorrect.]
“The true revolution was not to defy one earthly power, but to declare principles that stand above every earthly power — the equality of each person before God, and the responsibility of government to secure the rights of all.” (President George W. Bush, Remarks at the Rededication of the National Archives)