Paragraph 1903

1903. Authority is exercised legitimately only when it seeks the common good of the group concerned and if it employs morally licit means to attain it. If rulers were to enact unjust laws or take measures contrary to the moral order, such arrangements would not be binding in conscience. In such a case, “authority breaks down completely and results in shameful abuse.”23

Aprofunde seus conhecimentos

89. How does the Church set forth the Mystery of the Incarnation?

303. What are the acts of the penitent?

151. In what way is the Church a mystery?

236. How is the liturgy celebrated?

425. What is the relationship between grace and human freedom?

275. What are the names for this sacrament?

220. In what does the sacramental economy consist?

Acesse nossos estudos biblicos:

God’s chosen people: What does the book of Leviticus teach us about the choice and holiness of God’s people? (Leviticus 20:26)

What does the statement “God so loved the world that he gave his son” in John 3:16 mean?

What can we learn about the desire to always be with a loved one from Songs 3:1-5 and 6:1-3?

How does Lamentations address the issue of human suffering?

What was David’s attitude toward Mephibosheth, and what can we learn from this story?

How do the Psalms teach us to be more sensitive to God’s presence (Psalm 139:1-4)?

What is the importance of humility and repentance according to the book of Baruch?