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natural law

a doctrine that holds that there is a natural moral order or law inherent in the structure of the universe.
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The natural moral law tradition (although not mentioned in optatam Totius 16) together with the Sacred Scriptures were important elements of the renewal of moral theology in the Roman Catholic Church.
The laws we make, whether constitutional or statutory laws, ought to reflect these realities: they should reflect the truths about the human condition found in the natural moral law, which is itself a reflection of the eternal law (the Truth Who is God).
With the tradition's emphasis on the "unified totality" of the person, it is important not to identify or reduce the meaning of normative nature or the natural moral law to the laws of nature as those laws are decided by the theories and hypotheses of other sciences.
Without attempting to settle or even outline disputes about particular policy measures, Beckwith aims at persuading the reader of several propositions: that government both presupposes and helps to shape a set of ethical ideas that constitute the "moral ecology" of human life; that liberal democracy, properly understood, permits Christians to influence government in accordance with their religious beliefs, while their faith requires them to do so; and that liberal democracy presupposes a natural moral law, which can best be accounted for with reference to God as its author.
The speech illustrated how deeply this President, despite his use of "God bless America," is alienated from God as understood in the natural moral law and the Judeo-Christian tradition.
Burke retorts: "The question regarding the objective state of Catholic politicians who knowingly and willingly hold opinions contrary to natural moral law would hardly seem to change from place to place.
Paynter shows that Adams, like the other founders, did reject the political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes, whose version of social compact theory was divorced from natural moral law and served as a prop for unlimited and undivided government.
4) Undoubtedly the most controversial question today is whether matters of the natural moral law, if they are not revealed, fall within the "secondary object" of infallible teaching.
The encyclical closes with an appeal to public authorities to oppose laws which undermine the natural moral law, an appeal to scientists to further study effective methods of natural birth control, and appeals to doctors, nurses and priests to promote the method.
He wrote his doctoral thesis in theology at Rome's Gregorian University on "The Infallible Church Magisterium and the Natural Moral Law.
They defended the natural moral law, which requires, for instance, the ethical requirement for everybody to keep promises and fulfill fair contracts, no matter whether they are Muslim, Jewish, Protestant, or Catholic.