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The foundation of moral law: the pagan witness of Cicero, 106-43 BC

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 Contents - Feb 2004AD2000 February 2004 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: What is the purpose of Catholic schools? - Michael Gilchrist
Liturgy: 'Excellent start' on accurate English Missal translation - AD2000 REPORT
News: The Church Around the World
Modern church design: 'Spank the architect!' - Paul Mees
Melbourne and Sydney initiatives to educate adults in the Catholic faith - Peter Holmes
Human life: precious from conception - Fr Angelo Serra SJ
Interview: Scott Hahn interviewed on Dei Verbum : What Vatican II taught about Scripture - Zenit News Service
Letters: Social Justice Statement - John R. Barich
Letters: Celibacy book review - Fr Adrian Head
Letters: Higher calling - Judy O'Reilly
Letters: Christ's gift - Wendy Francis
Letters: One-World Church? - Philip Robinson
Letters: Fertility rates - Brian Harris
Letters: New Age? - Fr Don Coutts
Letters: Clarification - August Magdaleno
Books: Spiritual Combat Revisited, by Jonathon Robinson - Richard Egan (reviewer)
Books: Anti-Catholicism in America: The Last Acceptable Prejudice, by Mark S. Massa SJ - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: Mystical Flora, by St Francis de Sales - Mark Posa (reviewer)
Books: The Rosary : Chain of Hope, by Benedict J. Groeschel CFR - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
Books: The Beginner's Book Of Chant, by a Benedictine monk - Paul Russell (reviewer)
The foundation of moral law: the pagan witness of Cicero, 106-43 BC
Books: AD Books - Fresh book titles for the New Year
Reflection: The ministerial priesthood: 'truly a gift from God' - Fr Dennis W. Byrnes

THERE IS in fact a true law - namely right reason - which is in accordance with nature, applies to all men, and is unchangeable and eternal. By its commands this law summons men to the performance of their duties; by its prohibitions it restrains them from doing wrong. Its commands and prohibitions always influence good men, but are without effect upon the bad.

To invalidate this law by human legislation is never morally right nor is it permissible ever to restrict its operation, and to annul it wholly is impossible. Neither the Senate nor the people can absolve us from our obligation to obey this law, and it requires no Sextus Aelius to expound and interpret it. It will not lay down one rule at Rome and another at Athens, nor will it be one rule today and another tomorrow.

But there will be one law, eternal and unchangeable, binding at all times and upon all peoples; and there will be, as it were, one common master and ruler of men, namely God, who is the author of this law, its interpreter and its sponsor.

Republic III, 22.

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 17 No 1 (February 2004), p. 18

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