Catholic Moral Theology in the United States: A History
In this magisterial volume Charles E. Curran surveys the historical development of Catholic moral theology in the United States from its 19th century roots to the present day. 368pp Paper
Moral Traditions Series (Series Editor: James F. Kenan, S.J.) Curran begins by tracing the development of pre-Vatican II moral theology that, with the exception of social ethics, had the limited purpose of training future confessors to know what actions are sinful and the degree of sinfulness.
He then explores and illuminates the post-Vatican II era with chapters on the effect of the Council on the scope and substance of moral theology, the impact of Humanae vitae, Pope Paul VI's encyclical condemning artificial contraception, fundamental moral theology, sexuality and marriage, bioethics, and social ethics.
Curran's perspective is unique: For nearly 50 years, he has been a major influence on the development of the field and has witnessed first-hand the dramatic increase in the number and diversity of moral theologians in the academy and the Church. No one is more qualified to write this first and only comprehensive history of Catholic moral theology in the United States. 368pp Paper (2008/Hardcover 2008))
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. The Nineteenth Century 2. The Twentieth Century before Vatican II 3. Twentieth-Century Social Ethics before Vatican II 4. The Setting of Moral Theology after Vatican II 5. The Aftermath of Humanae vitae 6. The Aftermath of Vatican II and Other Developments 7. Fundamental Moral Theology 8. Sexuality and Marriage 9. Bioethics 10. Social Ethics
Conclusions: Looking Backward and Forward Bibliography About the Author Index
About the Author(s) Charles E. Curran, a Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Rochester, New York, is Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values at Southern Methodist University. He was the first recipient of the John Courtney Murray Award for Theology and has served as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the American Theological Society. In 2003, Curran received the Presidential Award of the College Theology Society for a lifetime of scholarly achievements in moral theology, and in 2005, Call to Action presented him with its leadership award. He is the author of Loyal Dissent: Memoir of a Catholic Theologian, The Moral Theology of Pope John Paul II and Catholic Social Teaching, 1891-Present, all published by Georgetown University Press.