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Universidade Católica de Pernambuco

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Fronteiras - Revista de Teologia da Unicap

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This paper navigates the development of ethical issues during Vatican II and the impulse to develop a new moral theology just after the Council. This paper argues, on one hand, that Gaudium et Spes develops a new moral theology based on the imperative of conscience mediated by faith in issues of social ethics. On the other hand, the old moral orientation was preserved on sexual ethics. After the council, these two moral faces have led magisterial teaching to two different paths that can be seen chronologically in approaches used for issues of social and sexual ethics. Vatican II encouraged a new moral theology, visible in social ethics in the years immediately following the Council. But the same spirit was not embraced by the Magisterium on issues of sexuality until the publication of Amoris Laetitia with its ecclesiology of pastoral discernment.


Published version. Fronteiras - Revista de Teologia da Unicap, Vol. 2, No. 2 (July 2019): 69-89. DOI. © 2019 Universidade Católica de Pernambuco. Used with permission.

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