ST. THOMAS AND THE NATURAL LAW

 

Today on the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor of the church.  With that introduction, what better way to grasp the church’s stance on same sex attraction than to visit the words of this great Theologian!

 

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No one has written more clearly or concisely about the natural law than St. Thomas Aquinas, that peerless 13th century philosopher-theologian. In his master work, Summa Theologiae (I-II, q. 94), he offers us the following points concerning the natural law:

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1.  The natural law is that part of the divine, eternal law which applies to human beings and which can be understood by them.

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2.  The human intellect operates on two distinct levels, on a speculative level and on a practical level. It is on the speculative level that the mind pursues the positive sciences: mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, etc. It is on the practical level that the mind discovers the natural law, and judges the morality of human acts in the light of it.

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3.  The first, self-evident, indemonstrable principle of the natural law which is “known naturally” by every sane, mature mind is: “good is to be done and evil is to be avoided.” Then, St. Thomas adds “all other precepts of the natural law are based upon this:  

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4.  The natural law is the same for all human beings, and it is unchangeable.

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5.  The natural law is “written in the hearts of men which iniquity itself cannot efface” (from the “Confessions of St. Augustine,” ii). After quoting St. Augustine, St. Thomas comments: “But the law, which is written in men’s hearts, is the natural law. Therefore, the natural law cannot be blotted out.”

 

 

 

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