The great moral dilemmas of our own day are vividly presented and acutely analysed in a work that clearly foresaw the moral confusion about to fall on our Western civilization. Is conscience the final arbiter of morality? How can false and upright consciences be distinguished? What is to be done in cases of doubtful morality? Can human authority provide help in the formation of conscience?
Basing himself on “the system of truth” outlined in the New Essay Concerning the Origin of Ideas, Rosmini sums up his own position in these words: “There is a light in the human being, and a light that is the human being: the light in the human being is… the law of truth; the light that is the human being is an upright conscience… we become light when we share in the law of truth by means of an upright conscience in conformity with truth”. How we become that light is the concern of this book.
Thus, the beatification of Fr. Rosmini is both the closing of an era and the beginning of a new one. The long, dark days of the “Rosminian Question” have been swept away by the light shed by the Documents of Vatican II and the subsequent statements from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, especially the “Nota” issued on 1st July 2001 by the will of John Paul II and with the signatures of the Cardinals Joseph Ratzinger and Tarcisio Bertone:
“The reasons for anxiety and doctrinal doubts that prompted the promulgation of the decree “Post Obitum” – [condemning 40 propositions taken from works published mainly after Fr. Rosmini’s death] – are now to be considered obsolete, since it is clear that what was thought to be motivation for doubts and difficulties does not belong properly to the authentic position of Rosmini”.
It has now become obvious to every unbiased Catholic philosopher or theologian that Fr. Rosmini’s vast literary production not only does not contain anything which is not in perfect accordance with the doctrines of the Church but that it actually makes a tremendous contribution for a deeper and clearer understanding based on strong and solid philosophical and theological principles.
philosophical study and reflection. Written for the most part
towards the end of his life and running to five volumes, it
was never completed. His intent is to investigate being in all
its extension and forms.
Vol. 2 Investigates trine being — being, both infinite and
finite, manifests itself in three forms: real, ideal and moral.
The Christian doctrine of the Trinity, as three in one, finds a
place in such a study.