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Authors

David A. Yocis

Abstract

In this chapter of the encyclical the Pope responds to the basic question of morality: "How can obedience to universal and unchanging moral norms respect the uniqueness and individuality of the person and not represent a threat to his freedom and dignity?"

The Catholic vision of our relationship to God says that human freedom and growth is not in opposition to obedience to God and to the moral law, but that the two in fact presuppose one another. This is the heart of the vision of morality which Pope John Paul is asking the Church to live in our present age.

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