Appeared in Summer 2003, Vol. XXVIII, No. 2
In her moral teaching, the Church frequently appeals, and rightly so, to the universally binding principles and norms of the natural law. Catholic faith holds that God himself has entrusted to the magisterium of the Church the awesome responsibility of authoritatively interpreting the natural law precisely in order to help men and women make good moral choices in the light of the truth. The Church also teaches that the natural law – which is rooted in God’s eternal, divine law – is fulfilled and perfected by the “law of the gospel” and her teaching on the meaning of our existence as moral beings is ultimately based on truths that completely surpass anything discernible by human reason.
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