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Father Schall on natural law and its discontents

Catholic World News - August 21, 2012

Father James Schall observes that the study of natural law has been enormously popular in our time:

I think of Maritain, Simon, Rommen, Veatch, Finnis, Hittinger, Kreeft, Fortin, Benestad, Rice, Budziszewski, Arkes, Kries, George, Sokolowski, d'Entrèves, and a host of others.

Nevertheless, despite academic interest, popular interest in natural law has sunk to a new low ebb. Father Schall explains how, without a fundamental accord on the basic principles of natural law, governments cannot establish a logical basis for human rights or for the limits of government power.

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  • Posted by: impossible - Aug. 23, 2012 11:57 AM ET USA

    Excellent article. Would love to see Fr. Schall's analysis of "human dignity" and how it should be best served by Politicians and by the USCCB. Using "God" words doesn't make one a Christian nor does issuing platitudes help the poor.

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