Dr Brian Lewis was one of Australia’s most eminent moral theologians.
He was a graduate of the Angelicum and the Alphonsian Academy in Rome
and formerly lectured in moral theology in Ballarat and Melbourne.
Prior to retirement he taught scripture, theology and ethics on campuses of the present Australian Catholic University.
He has contributed articles to many journals and reviews.
Brian went home to Heaven on March 4, 2015
|Moral Perspectives - The articles at this link are part of an ongoing series written by Dr Brian Lewis which explores understandings of conscience and morality in the Christian tradition. Deeper insights into the Scriptures and church traditions open up new possibilities in ecumenical and philosophical thinking in the search for a more comprehensive moral worldview.|
At the tender age of 88,
Brian Lewis our
Monday blogger from Australia, retired from blogging.
Thank you Brian for
2012 articles by Brian Lewis, Ballarat, Australia
II & the renewal of morals
One of the many reforms explicitly called for by the Council was the renewal of moral theology so that it should be centred on the Gospel of Christ, in contrast to what had been a theology tending to focus on authority, law, sin and how far one could go without committing sin
Aug 6: Indissolubility of Marriage
The early Church continued to uphold the teaching of Jesus about the absolute indissolubility of marriage,
but at the same time strove to apply this teaching to particular situations
with the compassion that Jesus himself had shown to those in difficulty
July 30: Care of the divorced and remarried
Note these words from JPII:
'Pastors are obliged to exercise careful discernment of situations. There is a difference between those who have sincerely tried to save their first marriage and have been unjustly abandoned, and those who through their own fault have destroyed a canonically valid marriage. There are those who have entered into a second union for the sake of the children's upbringing, and who are sometimes subjectively certain in conscience that their previous and irreparably destroyed marriage had never been valid'
In this way of thinking the individual is merged into the calculation of the common good
and some people are made of greater worth than others.
Most of us would feel uncomfortable with this.
We want as a general rule to be fair to everybody and particularly to the underdog
– the poor, the handicapped, the underprivileged.
Indeed, for the Christian, the Gospel insists that preference be given to these
Is it ok for a husband/father to spend Sat/Sun morning on golf course?
July 9: Unto Thyself Be True
July 2: Are judgments of morality merely subjective?
& Ecclesiastical Disobedience
Listening carefully does not rule out dissent,
which may be morally justified depending on the strength of the reasons supporting it
June 18: The role of the politician regarding permissive legislation
Morality and Law
There is a realm of private morality that is not the business of the law
June 4: Why we need human laws
May 28: The human person at the centre of morality
May 21: The question of a concrete ethical agenda
May 14: The Ten Commandments
May 7: How do we work out what is morally right?
April 30: The primacy of conscience
April 23: Conscience as Wisdom of the Heart
April 15: Responding in conscience to the Magisterium
April 16: Conscience as Judgment
April 9: Being responsible people
April 4: Same-sex marriage
April 2: Reflections on the meaning of conscience
March 26: The dignity of personal conscience in Vatican II
March 19: How to do Ethics
March 12: Vatican II and the Renewal of Moral Theology
March 5: The Magisterium of the Church
2008: Benedict XVI and Proportionalism (On Line Opinion)
2007: Freedom of Conscience (Compass)
No date: The Principle of Double Effect (Yarra Institute)
No date: Conscience and the Teaching of the Magisterium on Morality (Australian eJournal of Theology)