Ethical Thinking Appendix

Appendix 1 – Analysing ethical arguments

Appendix 2 – When a Catholic Marries



Catechism of the Catholic Church (2nd edn) 1997, Vatican.

Chapter One

Catholic thinking on many ethical issues

‘A Catholic Moral Worldview’, Catholic Education Resource Centre.


‘Ethical Relativism’, Markhula Centre for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University. 

Statements based on natural law

‘From Natural Law to Human Rights, why rights talk matters’, Journal of Law and Religion.

Chapter Two

Authorities in Christian ethics

‘Making moral decisions’, The Cambridge Companion to Christian Ethics.

Jesus Christ: on being a peacemaker

World Day of Peace Messages, Australian Catholic Social Teaching Council. 

Jesus Christ: on care for the poor and oppressed

‘How can we be a church of the poor?’, U.S. Catholics, Aug 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 8, pages 26-30). 

Chapter Three

Catholic thinking on many ethical issues

Cardinal J Francis Stafford, ‘Foundational Norms for Christian Ethics’.

The role of conscience

‘Can ethics be taught?’, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University.

Views about human life

‘The Value of Human Life’, Christian Life Resources. 

Chapter Four

The influence of culture

‘Growing up female in a media world’, Center for Media Literacy.

Choices about sexual activity

‘Sex and the Soap Opera’, Catholic Education Office Resource.

Chapter Five

The pursuit of happiness in the ancient world and by St Augustine

Parts 1-6: On Happiness, Dr Peter Kreeft, Catholic Education Resource Centre. 

Blessed are the poor in spirit

‘Economic justice for all’, Office for Social Justice.  

Blessed are those who mourn

‘Justice for Indigenous People and Reconciliation’, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.  

Chapter Six

Catholic Teaching on Contraception

‘Courtship in the age of the Pill’, Catholic Education Resource Center.


Abortion and Forgiveness: Pope Francis, Catholic Herald.

Chapter Seven


Euthanasia: Understanding the Catholic Tradition, Catholic Education Office, Melbourne.

Capital punishment

Death Penalty Fact Sheet, Death Penalty Information Center, .  

Chapter Eight

Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ – On Care for our Common Home, Vatican.  

Social Justice

Australian Catholic Social Justice Council.

Jesuit Social Services: Raising awareness of social justice concerns.

Chapter Nine

Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching, Caritas Australia.

Environmental justice

Theology of the environment, Columban Missions.

Justice: world poverty and international debt

Global Debt, Loving Just Wise.