Moral Theology, Vatican II said, should be more thoroughly nourished by Scripture, and show the nobility of the Christian vocation.
Alphonsus, declared patron of moral theologians by Pius XII in 1950, would rejoice in that statement. In his day, Alphonsus fought for the liberation of moral theology from the rigidity of Jansenism. His moral theology, which went through 60 editions in the century following him, concentrated on the practical and concrete problems of pastors and confessors. At the University of Naples, Alphonsus received a doctorate in both canon and civil law.
He founded the Redemptorist congregation in 1732. Alphonsus’ great pastoral reforms were in the pulpit and confessional.
Born September 27, 1696, Naples, Italy, Alphonsus Liguori died on August 1, 1787, and Pope Gregory XVI canonized him on May 26, 1839.
We can all understand the argument the disciples had. We spend much of our lives seeking status, protecting our status, or mourning the loss of status.