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Archbishop Chaput makes the case for natural law

November 09, 2011

Speaking at the University of Pennsylvania, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia argued for the recognition of fundamental human rights enshrined in natural law.

The American Founders presumed the existence of natural law and natural rights. These rights are inalienable and guaranteed by a Creator; by “nature’s God,” to use the words of the Declaration of Independence. Such ideas may be out of fashion in much of legal theory today. But these same ideas are very much alive in the way we actually reason and behave in our daily lives.


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