Conscience and Catholicism

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2016 CATHOLIC PRESS ASSOCIATION BOOK AWARD WINNER! - Faithful Citizenship/Religious Freedom

In this volume leading ethicists and theologians address “conscience,” a term with loaded meaning and controversy in the Catholic Church in recent decades around issues like political participation, human sexuality, war and institutional violence, and theological dissent. Many essays in this challenging and far-ranging volume focus on the tension between the primacy of conscience (codified at Vatican II) and the processes and cultures of Catholic institutions, including schools, hospitals, and medical research facilities. Intended for a scholarly audience, this valuable collection will also appeal to those involved in Catholic health care, catechetical work, and pastoral ministry.

David E. DeCosse is the director of campus ethics programs at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, where he is also adjunct associate professor of religious studies. 

 Kristin E. Heyer is Bernard J. Hanley Professor of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University. Her books include Kinship across Borders (2012); Prophetic and Public: the Social Witness of U.S. Catholicism (2006), and the edited volume Catholics and Politics: Dynamic Tensions between Faith and Power (2008) all from Georgetown UP.

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Conscience and Catholicism
Rights, Responsibilities, and Institutional Responses
David E. DeCosse
Kristin E. Heyer
The essays ground their positions firmly in Catholic tradition as they push the church to recognize and honor the "people's most secret core, and their sanctuary." Reading this collection of essays, one comes away impressed with the authentic believers' engagement with this central life process.
This book is one of the best I’ve read recently. It is consistent in its excellence as well as in its positions.
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