TSC 517 Philosophy of Canon Law

Faculty: Rev. Jude Onogbosele, J.C.D. (Profile)


Aquinas observes that men in society live under law. Aquinas also observes that law achieves its results by imposing moral obligation rather than by force. The almost exclusive concern of Aquinas is on one problem, the roots of obligation. If the human legislator binds the consciences of men, does he not exercise a power that belongs to God alone? If men possess such a power, what are the limits within which man can exercise that power? The ultimate goal of this tutorial is to explore the roots of the moral obligation that law imposes, the warrant by which the human legislator can bind consciences, and the limit within which man may exercise their power.

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