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PublicationBeauty as a Formative Principle of Moral Living(Australasian Catholic Record; 96 (1) ) 2019 Nagle, CormacThis article outlines the following concepts: beauty in a philosophical sense: why we respect persons, creation, the environment, even animals that externally present as ugly, noting their magnificent structure, their survival apparatus; why we are asked to look for integrity beyond the external and seek and value internal beauty in others and in the creation, leading to the theological question: what role does beauty play that so delights us in beautiful persons, beautiful creatures, and objects in forming our moral life?
PublicationA Reflection on Assisted Dying(Health Matters; 85 ) 2018 Nagle, Cormac
PublicationPUBLIC POLICY AND MORALITY(Compass; 38 (4) ) 2004 Nagle, CormacThe US Democratic candidate for the Presidency, John Kerry, a Catholic, with his public support for the right to have an abortion has highlighted the question of the promotion by a Catholic politician of a public policy which in itself is contrary to Catholic teaching. The case is not restricted to a Catholic politician, but to any politician vis a vis religious beliefs and or conscience.
PublicationThe Freedom of the Children of God(Australasian Catholic Record; 93 (1) ) 2016-01 Nagle, CormacThe goal of this essay is to seek a better understanding of the freedom of the children of God that Jesus Christ lived, taught and bequeathed to the world. To pursue this we consider briefly the meaning of independence as distinct from childish dependence and libertarianism. The essay goes on to present an overview of the teaching of the New Testament on law and freedom. Since there have been different understandings of the nature of authority in the church and especially the practical exercise of authority, we examine its history and tradition. This helps us to avoid being impaled exclusively on one or other approach, whether legalist or relativist or one burdened by a particular culture or historical circumstance.
PublicationGiving Due Emphasis to the Human Person in Catholic Moral Teaching(Australasian Catholic Record 90(2013:1)47-59.; 90 (1) ) 2013-01 Nagle, CormacThe advent of the social sciences, psychology and sociology, and their development over the past eighty years or so have made us much more aware of the integrated nature of the human person. Today we are less likely to speak about souls and bodies as separate entities or to be dualistic in our thinking. Nevertheless, the influence of the Stoics in their teaching on natural law and its ethical implications, based on what is natural physically, and later the attempt by Descartes to extend his mechanical approach to science to include human beings(he explicitly describes the body as a machine in his work, Description of the Human Body, (La description du corps humain) is an unfinished treatise, (1647)still seem to infect our thinking in the area of moral teaching and practice.
PublicationGenetic Testing and Insurance(Chisholm Health Ethics Bulletin; 5 (4) ) 2010 Nagle, CormacThere is currently no abstract available for this item.
PublicationECTOPIC PREGNANCIES Some Moral Questions(Health Matters; Code of Ethical Standards, Supplementary Papers, 2016, 31-34.; 65 (Autumn) ) 2013 Nagle, CormacThere is still some confusion about the proper moral procedures in the case of an ectopic pregnancy. The Catholic tradition embedded in the wisdom of Jesus’ approach to the application of the Mosaic Law to individual practical cases invites us to form a holistic approach to the human person in dealing with the complexities of human life and reproduction.
PublicationChurch tradition, authority, and pastoral decisions(The Canonist; 9 (2) ) 2018 Nagle, Cormac
PublicationThe ‘for life’ Position of the Church(Code of Ethical Standards ) 2016 Nagle, Cormac
PublicationReflections after a Lifetime of Contribution(Caroline Chisholm Health Ethics Bulletin; 21 (2) ) 2015 Nagle, CormacWhen Pope Francis was in Cuba, he said to the people, “Love and service, not ideology, are the keys to happiness.” I have been asked to reflect on three topics: i. my experience in Catholic health and aged care; ii. changes which I have observed over my years of ministry; and iii. my advice to those who now have responsibility for Catholic health and aged care.