How can a Church founded more than 2,000 years ago respond to the needs of the 21st century? Fr Seasoltz begins by discussing the cultural sensibilities of today’s multicultural and multi-traditioned world, showing how current trends affect the life of Christian churches. Such trends include globalisation, the migration of peoples, the ecological crisis and the geographical shift in the centre of Christianity from the North to the South.
Seasoltz then turns to the origins of moral teaching in the Bible, demonstrating that the key teaching is the need to practice virtue. The following review of the development of moral theology ranges from the early Church Fathers through Bernard of Clairvaux, Thomas Aquinas, and others up to the work of Bernard Häring in the 20th century and the new emphasis on virtue morality. The last three chapters clarify the meaning of virtue morality and then apply its practice to today’s Roman Catholic Church in its celebration of the liturgy and the sacraments. The book concludes with a short summary, a select bibliography, and an index.
R Kevin Seasoltz is a Benedictine monk of St John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota. Before coming to Collegeville, he was on the faculty of the Catholic University in Washington for 25 years and editor of the liturgical journal Worship for 26 years. In 2005 he was the recipient of the Berakah Award from the North American Academy of Liturgy, and in 2009 he received the Frederick McManus Award from the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions.