Ethics and Moral Law

  • Abortion: The Myths, the Realities, and the Arguments, by Germain Grisez (New York, Cleveland: Corpus Books, 1970). Available in PDF format at The Way of the Lord Jesus (copyright 2009). [N.B., The book provides a history and summary of the abortion issue. The webpage states: “Because Grisez… published it before Roe v. Wade, much of its content is out of date… However, some parts of this book remain relevant and sound, and careful readers may find them useful.”]
  • The Beauty and Truth of the Catholic Church: Sermons from the German, adapted and edited, Volume V, by the Rev. Edward Jones, with an Introduction by the Most Rev. John Ireland (St. Louis, Mo.; London: B. Herder, 1916). With Imprimatur. Available at Internet Archive [N.B. This volume includes discourses on the moral law and the last things.]
  • Birth control: a statement of Christian doctrine against the Neo-Malthusians, by Sutherland, Halliday (New York : P. J. Kenedy & sons, 1922). Available at Manybooks.net, Internet Archive and Open Library. Apologetics, Bioethics, Ethics, Morals.
  • A Brief Text-Book of Moral Philosophy, by Charles Coppens, 1835-1920 (New York: Schwartz, Kirwin & Fauss, 1895; copyright 1895 by the Catholic School Book Company). Available on Internet Archive and Open Library (Digitizing sponsor: MSN; Book contributor: University of California Libraries).
  • Cases of Conscience for English-speaking Countries, Volume I, by Thomas Slater, S.J.  (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1911). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and  Open Library, [N.B., The OL index page incorrectly displays the image of Volume II.], with a second copy at Internet Archive.
  • Cases of Conscience for English-speaking Countries, Volume II, by Thomas Slater, S.J.  (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1912). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Internet Archive, Internet Archive, and Open Library.
  • Catholic Moral Teaching and its Antagonists Viewed in the Light of Principle and of Contemporaneous History, by Joseph Mausbach, translated from the 6th edition by Anna M. Buchanan (New York: J. F. Wagner, 1914). With Imprimatur. Available on Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN; Book contributor: Kelly Library, University of Toronto).
  • Catholic Social Guild pamphlets, Second Series (Catholic Truth Society, 1914). Morals, Social Doctrine. Available on Internet Archive.
  • The Commandments Explained, according to the teaching and doctrine of the Catholic Church, by Arthur Devine (London: R. & T. Washbourne; New York: Benziger, 1906). With Imprimatur. Available on Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN; Book contributor: Kelly Library, University of Toronto).
  • Communio: International Catholic Review, vol. 31, no. 1, Consecration and the States of Life (Fall 2004). The following articles may be downloaded in PDF format through this page of Communio: ”The Evangelical Counsels and the Total Gift of Self” by Jacques Servais, ”Consecration and Human Action: The Moral Life as Response” by David S. Crawford, ”Evangelical Counsels in Marriage?” by Jörg Splett, ”Theological Perspectives on Marriage” by Marc Ouellet.
  • Communion and Stewardship: Human Persons Created in the Image of God, by the International Theological Commission (2004). Available on the website of the Holy See and on Evangelical Catholic Apologetics.
  • Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Available at the Holy See.
  • Concerning Virginity by St. Ambrose of Milan. May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index,
  • “Contraception and the Infallibility of the Ordinary Magisterium,” by Germain Grisez and John C. Ford, S.J., Theological Studies, 39 (1978): 258–312. Available in PDF format at The Way of the Lord Jesus (copyright 2009).
  • Contraception and the Natural Law, by Germain Grisez (Milwaukee: Bruce, 1965). Available in PDF format at The Way of the Lord Jesus (copyright 2009).
  • Early steps in the fold: instructions for converts, and enquirers, by Francis M. De Zulueta. Available on Internet Archive.
  • Enchiridion on Faith, Hope and Love, by St Augustine, 354-430 AD, Father and Doctor of the Church. Available on Catholic Treasury.  May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index,
  • Encyclical Letter “Veritatis splendor”, by Pope St. John Paul II (6 August 1993).  Available at the Holy See and at IntraText. [According to Wikipedia: “The encyclical is one of the most comprehensive and philosophical teachings of moral theology in the Catholic tradition”] [A detailed exposition by Professor William E. May, “Pope John Paul II’s Encyclical Veritatis Splendor” is available at Christendom Awake. A brief summary may be found on this page of Defending the Bride, and more detailed summaries on this page of Catholic Australia and on this page of Catholic Answers] [See also: Veritatis Splendor: The Encyclical that Mattered” by Samuel Gregg, on Crisis Magazine; “Archbishop Chaput on the enduring legacy of Veritatis splendor” at the Catholic News Agency; “Is Veritatis Splendor Infallible?” by John P. Joy, at One Peter Five.]
  • Essay on Love, by Ernest R. Hull, S.J. (Bombay: Examiner Press; St. Louis, Mo.: B. Herder; etc., 1912). Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • Eugenics and Other Evils, by G.K. Chesterton (1922). Available at Manybooks.net and Project Gutenberg.
  • The Four Cardinal Virtues, Prudence Justice Fortitude Temperance, by Josef Pieper (Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1955). [LINK DELETED motu proprio DUE TO COPYRIGHT CONCERNS.]
  • Four-Square; or, The Cardinal Virtues: Addresses to Young Men, by Joseph Rickaby, S.J. (New York: Joseph F. Wagner, 1908). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library, with a second copy at Internet Archive  and Open Library.
  • The Groundwork of the Christian Virtues, seventh edition, by Archbishop [William Bernard] Ullathorne (London: Burns & Oates; New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers). With an 1882 Dedication. Available in various formats at Internet Archive, and Open Library. Audiobook available at LibriVox.
  • A Handbook of Moral Theology, Volume I, by Antony Koch, adapted and edited by Arthur Preuss (St. Louis, Mo, London: B. Herder 1918). With Imprimatur. 1st of 5 volumes. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • A Handbook of Moral Theology, Volume I, 3rd, revised edition, based on the “Lehrbuch der Moraltheologie” of the late Antony Koch, by Arthur Preuss (St. Louis, Mo, London: B. Herder 1925). With Imprimatur. 1st of 5 volumes. Available in various formats at Internet Archive.
  • A Handbook of Moral Theology, Volume II: Sin and the Means of Grace, 3rd, revised edition, based on the “Lehrbuch der Moraltheologie” of the late Antony Koch, by Arthur Preuss (St. Louis, Mo, London: B. Herder 1928). With Imprimatur. 2nd of 5 volumes. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and
  • A Handbook of Moral Theology, Volume III: Man’s Duties to Himself, 3rd, revised edition, based on the “Lehrbuch der Moraltheologie” of the late Antony Koch, by Arthur Preuss (St. Louis, Mo, London: B. Herder 1926). With Imprimatur. 3rd of 5 volumes. Available in various formats at Internet Archive.
  • Instruction on Christian Freedom and Liberation, by the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, March 22, 1986. May be read online at the Catholic Information Network and the EWTN Library.
  • “Just-War Doctrine in a Nuclear Context”, by William V. O’Brien, Theological Studies, Vol 44, Issue 2, pp. 191-220 (1983). Available in pdf format at Theological Studies through Sage Journals.
  • [Lectures on the Indians, and on the Law of War, of Franciscus de Victoria] Francisci De Victoria De Indis et De Ivre Belli Relectiones, by Francisco de Vitoria, edited by Ernest Nys (reprinted 1964), of the multi-volume series The Classics of International Law, edited by James Brown Scott. Based on notes of lectures delivered 1532. May be read online at Constitution Society and at the webpage of Professor Ken Pennington. [NB: This is one of the leading early texts of international law and human rights theory, and has led some jurists to declare that Vitoria was the true founder of international law. Vitoria was among the first representatives of Spanish Scholasticism, which used Christian Faith and Thomist analysis to analyze emerging problems and thus laid the bases for modern jurisprudence, economics, political theory, and philosophy.]
  • Leisure: The Basis Of Culture, by Joseph Pieper (1952). [LINK DELETED motu proprio DUE TO COPYRIGHT CONCERNS.]
  • A Manual of Modern Scholastic Philosophy, Volume II: Natural Theology (Theodicy), Logic, Ethics, History of Philosophy, by Cardinal Mercier and Professors of the Higher Institute of Philosophy, Louvain, authorized translation and eighth edition by T.L. Parker and S.A. Parker, with a preface by P. Coffey, Ph.D. (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co.; St. Louis: B. Herder, 1917). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library. The third impression (1922) is available at Internet Archive.
  • A Manual of Moral Theology for English-Speaking Countries, Volume I, 5th and revised edition, by Rev. Thomas Slater, S.J. (London: Burns, Oates & Washbourne, 1925) With Imprimatur. From microfilm. Available in various formats at Open Library and Internet Archive.
  • A Manual of Moral Theology for English-Speaking Countries, Volume II, 3rd edition, by Rev. Thomas Slater, S.J., with notes on American legislation by Rev. Michael Martin (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1908). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • Moral Briefs: a Concise, Reasoned and Popular Exposition of Catholic Morals, by John H. Stapleton (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1904). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Open Library and Internet Archive.
  • Moral Philosophy: Ethics, Deontology and Natural Law, by Joseph Rickaby, S.J. (London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1918). May be read online at the Jacques Maritain Center. A new impression of the fourth edition (London, New York, Bombay, Calcutta, Madras: Longmans, Green and Co., 1919), with Imprimatur, is available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • [The Moral Specification of Human Acts according to Thomas Aquinas], by Dr. Duarte Sousa-Lara, translated by Dr. Joseph T. Papa from Dr. Sousa-Lara’s dissertation, A especificação moral dos actos humanos segundo são Tomás de Aquino (Roma: Edizioni Università Santa Croce, 2008). [N.B. The title is a translation of the title of the dissertation. Further, to our knowledge, its Introduction and Conclusion have not been translated.] The original Portuguese text has an Imprimatur and is available through this page at Etica e Politica. The translated chapters, from this page of Etica e Politica, are: Chapter 1, “The Sources of Aquinas on Human Action”; Chapter 2, “Albert [Magnus] on human action and Aquinas”; Chapter 3, “Human Action and its Morality in Aquinas (2008)”; Chapter 4, “Aquinas on the Object of the Human Act: A Reading in Light of the Texts and Commentators”, in the Josephinum Journal of Theology, Vol. 15, No. 2 (2008): pp. 243-276; Chapter 5, “‘Genus naturae’ and ‘Genus moris’ in Aquinas”; Chapter 6, “‘Materia ex qua’ and ‘Materia circa quam’ in Aquinas”; Chapter 7, “‘Intentio’ and ‘Electio’ in Aquinas”; Chapter 8, “Aquinas on Interior and Exterior Acts: Clarifying a Key Aspect of His Action Theory”, in the Josephinum Journal of Theology, Vol. 15, No. 2 (2008): pp. 277-316; Chapter 9, “‘Circumstantia’ and ‘Conditiones’ in Aquinas”; Chapter 10, “‘Per se’ and ‘Praeter Intentionem’ in Aquinas (2011)”, in the Josephinum Journal of Theology, Vol. 18, No. 2 (2011): pp. 418-453; and Chapter 11, “The Ordo Rationis and the Moral Species”, in the Josephinum Journal of Theology, Vol. 17, No. 1 (2010): pp. 80-125. [Note that the last may not be an exact translation, as the author states that: “This essay was developed from the eleventh chapter”.]
  • The Natural Law: A Study in Legal and Social History and Philosophy, by Heinrich Rommen (1936), trans. Thomas R. Hanley, with Introduction and Bibliography by Russell Hittinger (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund 1998). Available in multiple formats at the Online Library of Liberty. “Rommen and Natural Law”, an introduction by Russell Hittinger, may be read on this page.
  • Our Christian Heritage, by James Cardinal Gibbons (Baltimore: John Murphy and Company; London: R.Washbourne, 1889). Available at Internet Archive with a 2nd copy here.
  • Pastime Papers, by Henry Edward Manning (London: Burns & Oates, Ltd., 1892?). Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • Pastoral letter of the Archbishops and Bishops of the United States Assembled in Conference at the Catholic University of America, September, 1919 (Washington, D.C., The National Catholic Welfare Council, 1920). Available at Open Library and  Internet Archive, with a 2nd copy here. [This is a restatement of doctrine and an exhortation on all aspects of the Catholic life in the United States.]
  • Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. A tract that summarizes the theology of the body with representative excerpts of the Pope’s lectures/addresses. Indexed on JP2Info.
  • The Right to Life of the Unborn Child: a Controversy between Professor Hector Treub, M.D., Reverend R. van Oppenraay, D.D., S.J., Professor Th. M. Vlaming, M.D.: with an Appendix on a New Method of Operating, Ejecting the Fetus Alive, translated by C. Van der Donckt (New York: J. F. Wagner, 1903). Available on Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN; Book contributor: Robarts Library of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Toronto). According to Open Library, it contains the following essays: “Medical abortion and the church”, by Hector Treub; “Reply to Prof. H. Treub,” by R. van Oppenraay; “Prof. H. Treub as penal legislator,” by Th. M. Vlaming; and “The right to life of the unborn child”, H. Treub; and “Narrowness or wholesome consistency,” by Th. M. Vlaming.
  • A Rule of Life: For Daily Christian Living, by Michael Woodgate. May be downloaded in PDF format through the Catholic Truth Society, which states that it provides “Suggestions on how to live a Christian life amidst the business of every day”.
  • A Short History of Moral Theology, by Thomas Slater, S.J. (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1909). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Open Library and Internet Archive, with a second copy at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • The superstition of divorce, by G.K. Chesterton. Available at Internet Archive.
  • Theology of the Body, by Pope John Paul II. Weekly Audiences on the subject of the Redemption of the Body and the Sacramentality of Marriage, September 5, 1979 – November 28, 1984. May be downloaded in PDF format from this webpage of Catholic Primer. May be read on Catechetics Online and on EWTN,
  • Vegliare Con Sollecitudine: Address to the Italian Association of Catholic Midwives, by the Venerable Pope Pius XII, 29 October 1951. Variously referred to as “Address [or ‘Allocution’] to Midwives [or ‘Italian Midwives’ or ‘Catholic Midwives’]”, sometimes adding “on the Nature of Their Profession”. (1) An English translation may be read online on this page at the EWTN Librarieson this page of Papal Encyclicals Online, and at IntraText(IntraText Edition CT, copyright Èulogos 2007); and the same translation is available in .doc format through this page at Documenta Catholica Omnia. Brief excerpts are available on this page at Rorate Coeli, which, however, has the beginning paragraph of the address that is not included in this translation. (2) A different English translation, which appears to be longer and more complete, may be read online on this page of Catholic Culture. It is lifted from the pamphlet Marriage and the Moral Law: Two Addresses of Pope Pius XII: Catholic Truth Society No. S0231 (1957), which may be read online on this page at Catholic Truth Society Pamphlets; and on this page at e-Catholic 2000. [N.B., In addition to the Address to Midwives, the pamphlet includes “Nell’ordine Della Natura: Address to the Association Known as the ‘Family Campaign’ and Other Family Associations”26 November 1951.] (3) What is asserted to be a complete translation by Ron Conte (longer than the 1st translation above, of the same length as the 2nd) may be read online at Catholic Planet, linked from the reproach of Christ.
  • The Way of the Lord Jesus. Volume 1, Christian Moral Principles, by Germain Grisez. Available at The Way of the Lord Jesus, with a general overview here.
  • The Way of the Lord Jesus. Volume 2, Living a Christian Life, by Germain Grisez. Available at The Way of the Lord Jesus, with a general overview here.
  • The Way of the Lord Jesus. Volume 3, Difficult Moral Questions, by Germain Grisez. Available at The Way of the Lord Jesus, with a general overview here.
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