Pope Francis and Joseph Selling: A New Approach to Mercy in Catholic Sexual Ethics
AbstractSince the Apostolic Exhortation of Amoris Laetitia in May 2016 and Apostolic Letter Misericordia et Misera in November 2016, Pope Francis has stirred a new discussion on mercy and the role of mercy in certain matters of sexual ethics including divorced, remarried, and cohabiting couples. During the same year, moral theologian Joseph A. Selling published a revolutionary book which provides a new vision of virtues and examines how people consider and arrive at ethical judgements. This article examines Pope Francis’s understanding of mercy using Selling’s method of the “virtuous trapezium” as a way to actively illustrate Pope Francis’s new approach to matters concerning Catholic sexuality. In matters of human sexuality, the Catholic moral tradition has focused for years on an act-centered morality, but Selling’s method instead considers the goals of ethical living before making an ethical judgment. This article contributes to the current discussion in theological ethics concerning Pope Francis’s recent pronouncements on mercy and Catholic sexual ethics, as well as brings into conversation Selling’s new method and approach to understanding virtue. View Full-Text
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O’Reilly-Gindhart, M.C. Pope Francis and Joseph Selling: A New Approach to Mercy in Catholic Sexual Ethics. Religions 2017, 8, 264.
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O’Reilly-Gindhart, Mary C. 2017. "Pope Francis and Joseph Selling: A New Approach to Mercy in Catholic Sexual Ethics." Religions 8, no. 12: 264.
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