Prophecy and Diplomacy: The Moral Doctrine of John Paul II : a Jesuit Symposium

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7. ETHICS OF CULTURE

Faith and Culture in the
Thought of John Paul II

Avery Dulles, S.J.

IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER the relationship between faith and culture has always been a concern of the Society of Jesus. Since its first charter of approval, the Jesuit order has understood the defense and propagation of the faith to be at the heart of its apostolate. Education, a major involvement of our Society, is a means of imparting culture, and Christian education seeks to impart culture consonant with the Gospel. As Jesuits, therefore, we have good reason to welcome the attention given to the theme of faith and culture since Vatican Council II and especially in the teaching of the present pope. This new interest is reflected in the documents of the 34th General Congregation, which in 1995 spoke of “the faith that evangelizes culture” and which treated the Gospel and culture as one of the three main aspects of the Jesuit mission today.1

The relationship between faith and culture first emerged as a major theme in official Catholic teaching, at Vatican II, which touched on the question in many documents, including the Constitution on the Liturgy, the Declaration on Christian Education, the Decree on the Lay Apostolate, and the Decree on the Church's Missionary Activity. The theme permeates the entire text of the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes,which devoted the second chapter of part two to the specific topic of promoting the proper advance-

1 See Decree 2 and Decree 4 of Documents of the Thirty-Fourth General Congregation of the Society of Jesus (St. Louis: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1995), esp. 38 and 49–65.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface ix
  • Abbreviations xi
  • Introduction - Prophecy and Diplomacy: the Moral Teaching of John Paul II xiii
  • I - Fundamental Moral Theory 1
  • 1. Ethics of the Person 3
  • 2. Ethics and Salvation 24
  • 3. Moral Subjectivity 40
  • 4. Moral Conversion 52
  • 5. Morality and Society 82
  • 6. Moral Theology 115
  • II - Applied Moral Theory 173
  • 7. Ethics of Culture 175
  • 8. Demographic Ethics 190
  • 9. Economic Ethics 211
  • 10. Marital Ethics 247
  • 11. Relational Ethics 270
  • 12. Morality and Gender 285
  • 13. Morality and Family Rights 293
  • 14. Comprehensive Ethic of Life 306
  • III - Postscript: John Paul Ii's Vision 313
  • 15 Homily 315
  • About the Contributors 319
  • Index 321
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