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Carta Encíclica «Veritatis splendor» sobre Algunas Cuestiones Fundamentales de la Enseñanza Moral de la Iglesia, del Papa San Juan Pablo. Title, Carta enciclica veritatis Splendor: el Splendor de la verdad. Author, Papa Juan Pablo II. Publisher, Vaticana. Length, pages. Export Citation, BiBTeX. : Esplendor De La Verdad; Veritatis Splendor, Carta Enciclica ( ) by Juan Pablo II and a great selection of similar New, Used and.

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The work of many theologians who found support in the Council’s encouragement has already borne fruit in interesting and helpful reflections about the truths of faith to be believed and applied in life, reflections offered in a form better suited to the sensitivities and questions of our contemporaries.

The specific purpose of the present Encyclical is this: At all times, but particularly in the last two centuries, the Popes, whether individually or together with the College of Bishops, have developed and proposed a moral teaching regarding the many different spheres of human life. Who will make us see good? The Council reminds us that in cases where such invincible ignorance is not culpable, conscience splebdor not lose its dignity, because even when it directs us to act in a way not in conformity with the objective moral order, it continues to speak in the name of that truth about the good which the subject is called to seek sincerely.

From the very lips of Jesus, the new Moses, man is once again given the commandments of the Decalogue. While such norms might somehow be useful for a correct assessment of the situation, they cannot replace the individual personal decision on how to act in veritahis cases.

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Had none remained, we would live veritatsi sin in this life. Certain currents of modern thought have gone so far as to exalt freedom to such an extent that it becomes an absolute, which would then be the source of values. These latter are above all promises, from which there also indirectly flow normative indications for the moral life. This is an “interior” law cf.

But this is only the beginning of freedom, not perfect freedom The Beatitudes are not specifically concerned with certain particular rules of behaviour. Such norms would not be part of the proper content of Revelation, and would not in themselves be relevant for xarta. Positive precepts such as these, which order us to perform certain actions and to cultivate certain dispositions, are universally binding; they are “unchanging”.

The invitation, veriitatis, sell your possessions and give the money to the poor”, and the promise “you will have treasure in heaven”, are meant for everyone, because they bring out the full meaning of the commandment of love for neighbour, just as the invitation which follows, “Come, follow me”, is the new, specific form of the commandment of love of God.

Conscious of ebciclica young man’s yearning for something greater, which would transcend a legalistic interpretation of veriattis commandments, the Good Teacher invites him to enter upon the path of perfection: When once one is without these crimes and every Christian should be without themone begins to lift up one’s head towards freedom. To refer to them, in order to find in them rational indications with regard to the order of morality, would be to expose oneself to the accusation of physicalism or biologism.

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Indeed, just as man in exercising his dominion over the world shapes it in accordance with his own intelligence and will, so too in performing morally good acts, man strengthens, develops and consolidates within himself his likeness to God.

But his freedom is not unlimited: Saint Bonaventure teaches that “conscience is like God’s herald and messenger; it does not command things on its own authority, but commands them as coming from God’s authority, like a herald when he proclaims the edict of the king. Not only the rich man but the disciples themselves are taken aback by Jesus’ call to discipleship, the demands of which transcend human aspirations and abilities: For Adam, the first man, was a figure of the future man, namely, of Christ the Lord.

On the contrary, it embraces at its root each of the person’s free acts, which are meant to bear witness to the universality of the true good. At the same time, they teach us man’s true humanity. For the time will come when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths.

Taking up the words of Sirach, the Second Vatican Council explains the meaning of that “genuine freedom” which is “an outstanding manifestation of the divine image” in man: To ask about the good, in fact, ultimately means to turn towards God, the fullness of goodness.

However, error of conscience can be the result of an invincible ignorance, an ignorance of which the subject is not aware and which he is unable to overcome by himself. In such an understanding, nature would include in the first place the human acrta, its make-up and its processes: Even so, the Council warns against a false concept of the autonomy of earthly realities, one which would maintain that “created things are not dependent on God and that man can use them without reference to their Creator”.

Man achieves such dignity when he frees himself from all subservience to his feelings, vsritatis in a free choice of the good, pursues his own end by effectively and assiduously marshalling the appropriate means”. The Second Vatican Council clearly recalled this when it stated that “those who without any fault do not know evritatis about Christ or his Church, yet who search for God with a splwndor heart and under the influence of grace, try to put into effect the will of God as known to them through the dictate of conscience Saint John Carra likewise observed that the New Law was promulgated at the descent of the Holy Spirit from heaven on the day of Pentecost, and that the Apostles “did not come down from the mountain carrying, like Moses, tablets of stone in their hands; but they came down carrying the Holy Spirit in their hearts This is the reason why “the Church affirms that underlying so many changes there are splemdor things which do not change and are ultimately founded upon Christ, who is the same yesterday and today and for ever”.


Jesus asks us to follow him and to imitate him along the path of love, a love which gives itself completely to the brethren out of love for God: The word of God would be limited to proposing an exhortation, a generic paraenesis, which the autonomous reason alone would then have the task of completing with normative directives which are truly “objective”, that is, adapted to the concrete historical situation. The latter “is nothing other splendr the light of understanding infused in us by God, whereby we understand what must be done and what must be avoided.

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Some authors, however, have proposed an even more radical revision of the relationship between person and acts. Jesus’ conversation with the rich enviclica man continues, in a sense, in every period of history, including our own. These trends of thought have led to a denial, in opposition to Sacred Scripture cf. Freedom would thus lay claim to a moral autonomy which vsritatis actually amount to an absolute sovereignty.

And this is precisely the case when an act of faith — in the sense of a fundamental option — becomes separated from the choice of particular acts, as in the tendencies mentioned above.

We love, because he first loved us” 1 Jn 4: Having become one with Christ, the Christian becomes a member of his Body, which spledor the Church cf. But he immediately adds: Despite their variety, these tendencies are at one in lessening or even denying the dependence of freedom on truth.

But one must likewise acknowledge the majesty of the God of the universe and revere the holiness of the law of God, who is infinitely transcendent: The dignity of this rational forum and the authority of its voice and judgments derive from the truth about moral good and evil, which it is called to listen to and to express.

Israel’s fundamental decision, then, is about the fundamental commandment cf. To the affirmation that one has a duty to follow one’s conscience is unduly added the affirmation that one’s moral judgment is true merely by the fact that it has its origin in the conscience.

If this profound process takes place within him, he then bears fruit not only of adoration of God but also of deeper wonder at himself”.