How Morality Within The Catholic Church Since The Council Of Trent

1345 Words Apr 24th, 2016 6 Pages
This composition is to identify the changes that have taken place pertaining to morality within the Catholic Church since the Council of Trent. As a summary, hopefully it will enlighten how we can look at and approach morality and intertwine spirituality with the unique style Father Richard Gula uses to corroborate his thesis. Father Richard Gula points out that since the Council of Trent (1545-1563), morality was more in assisting the priest in the confessionals as to determining the moral thinking to determine which actions were sins or not and to resolving the conflicts of obligations according to the objective principles of natural law. Although there was a shifting of ideology prior to Vatican II, lead by the work of Bernard Haring, The Second Vatican Council called to a radical revision of the classical moral theology of the western Catholicism. Father Richard Gula notes in his thesis that morality without spirituality is rootless; spirituality without morality is disembodied. Father Gula identifies three keys of theological foundations that support the combination of anthropology, theology and Christology. Father Richard Gula notes the work of Bernard Haring who points out that moral life is rooted in God’s love for us, the centrality of where it all begins, continues and ends. Haring has created in his work a “no turning back” on his major thesis that morality is the response to the spiritual experience of God’s enabling love. The dynamics of spiritual…

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