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Moral Theology

“The entire field of theology proper is divided into dogmatic and moral theology, which differ in subject-matter and in method. Dogmatic theology has as its end the scientific discussion and establishment of the doctrines of faith, moral theology of the moral precepts. The precepts of Christian morals are also part of the doctrines of faith, for they were announced or confirmed by Divine Revelation. The subject-matter of dogmatic theology is those doctrines which serve to enrich the knowledge necessary or convenient for man, whose destination is supernatural. Moral theology, on the other hand, is limited to those doctrines which discuss the relations of man and his free actions to God and his supernatural end, and propose the means instituted by God for the attainment of that end. Consequently, dogmatic and moral theology are two closely related parts of universal theology. Inasmuch as a considerable number of individual doctrines may be claimed by either discipline, no sharp line of demarcation can be drawn between the subject-matter of dogma and morals.” -Augustinus Lehmkuhl, “Moral Theology.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 14. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912.

The Doctor of Moral Theology is Saint Alphonsus Maria de Ligouri

Moral Theology: A Complete Course Based on Saint Thomas Aquinas and the Best Modern Authorities
Explanation of Catholic Morals
Are Organ Transplants Ever Morally Licit?
Organ Donation: The Inconvenient Truth
Vaccines Using Aborted Fetal Cell Lines
The Morality of using Vaccines derived from Fetal Tissue Cultures: A Few Considerations
Interior and Exterior Mortification
On Mortification of the Eyes

An Open Letter to Catholic Women on Modesty
Is it a Grave Sin to Shop on Sunday?
Can a Catholic be for the Death Penalty?
What does the Church Really Teach about Suicide?
Catholicism and Slavery
“Modern Woman, Once our Superior and Now our Equal”
How to Baptize in Case of a Miscarriage
Does the Church Forbid Cremation?

The Moral Theology, by Saint Alphonsus Ligouri (In the original Latin):

Volume I (Purchase in English)

Volume II

Volume III

Volume IV

Volume V

Volume VI

Volume VII

Volume VIII

Volume IX

Volume X


2 thoughts on “Moral Theology

  1. James says:

    Can you discuss cremation, please?

    • admin says:

      Sorry for taking so long to get back to you. Rather than reinvent the wheel here I’d recommend this short article which explains the matter quite clearly and succinctly. I also happen to know this priest and I know he is orthodox.


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