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NATURAL LAW/ The Pope's foundation for positive law

Angelo Campodonico


Angelo Campodonico clarifies the Pope’s emphasis on natural law, going back to St. Thomas Aquinas, and comments on why many people today have difficulties accepting it.

Pope Benedict XVI was invited to speak before the German Parliament on September 22, 2011. In his speech, the Pope focused on the difficulty of knowing what is right and what is wrong, the danger in relying on majority opinion on what is right, especially in politics, and on the relationship of man to nature and to his own nature, something that he did not give himself but which was given to him by Another.


POPE/ Lobkowicz: Either Mystery or Nonsense

INT. Nikolaus Lobkowicz

Philosopher Nikolaus Lobkowicz, President of the Catholic University of Eichstätt, comments on the Pope's speech to the German Parliament and on the important of natural law.


NATURAL LAW/ Benedict XVI speaks to the Bundestag of Berlin

Giovanni Salmeri

Giovanni Salmeri comments on Pope Benedict XVI’s speech to the German Parliament and its focus on green parties and natural law, or man’s relationship to nature.


POPE/ Veritas precedes caritas: on faith and reason

Scott Dodge

Scott Dodge comments on the Pope’s speech to the German Parliament, comparing it with his speeches in Regensburg and Paris on faith and reason, and the importance of not separating them.


POPE/ Finnis (Notre Dame) Reason will get us out of this bunker

INT. John Finnis

John Finnis analyzes Pope Benedict XVI’s speech in front of the German Parliament, where he challenged politicians and the current trend of positivist thinking.


POPE/ Benedict teaches secular Germany (and us) how to love themselves

Davide Rondoni

Davide Rondoni discusses Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Germany and how the Pope challenged everyone to recognize their dependence on Another, for no one can create himself.