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Title: Richard McCormick and the Moral Magisterium
Author(s): GAILLARDETZ, Richard R.
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 25 Issue: 4 Date: winter 2000
In the wake of the recent death of the highly regarded Jesuit moral theologian, Richard A. McCormick, there are sure to appear numerous articles assessing his many contributions to the field of moral theology. McCormick was the author of many books and articles, in particular the highly regarded “Notes in Moral Theology” published annually in Theological Studies between 1965 and 1984. He was the son of a distinguished American physician and would himself become one of the leading Catholic medical ethicists of our time. Along with such distinguished theologians as Joseph Fuchs, Bernard Häring, Bruno Schüller and Louis Janssens, McCormick also contributed much to the development of a new school of moral theology often known as proportionalism. He was, without a doubt, one of the most influential Catholic ethicists of the post-Vatican II church. However, his scholarly contributions to the life of the church went beyond the field of moral theology. In this essay I would like to review the contributions that Fr. McCormick made to our understanding of the moral magisterium.