See this online text and video:
- “Natural Law and Public Discourse: The Legacies of Joseph Ratzinger”, by F. Russell Hittinger, Loyola Law Review, Vol. 60, No. 2 (2014): pp. 241-271. A paper delivered on 21 November 2013.
- The text is available in pdf format (on this page) at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.
- The video of the lecture delivering the paper is available on this page of the Lumen Christi Institute’s Youtube channel.
- A later version of the paper was published as “Natural Law and Wisdom Traditions”, The Muslim World, Vol. 106, Issue 2 (April 2016): pp. 313-336, which may be accessed by members at the Wiley Online Library.
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“'[W]e believe that at the beginning of everything is the Eternal Word, Reason and not Unreason.’… From this standpoint, the norms of the natural law should not be viewed as externally imposed decrees, as restraints upon human freedom. Rather, they should be welcomed as a call to carry out faithfully the universal divine plan inscribed in the nature of human beings.
(Pope Benedict XVI, Message for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace “The Human Person, the Heart of Peace”, 1 January 2007)
“In these values are expressed unbreakable and contingent norms that do not depend on the will of the legislator and not even on the consensus that the State can and must give. They are, in fact, norms that precede any human law… Natural law is, definitively, the only valid bulwark against the arbitrary power or the deception of ideological manipulation.”
(Pope Benedict XVI, Address to the Participants in the International Congress on Natural Moral Law, 12 February 2007)