The history, Nature and Use of EPIKEIA in Moral Theology
Surely the most complete exposition ever written on the topic of epikeia – the principle of when it can be permissible to depart from the letter of the law – a principle of great importance in the present crisis in the Church. In the various manuals of Moral Theology only a very limited discussion is accorded to the treatment of epikeia. Moreover, the concept of its very nature is not a little elusive. It is in the interest of clarification, from the points of view of the history, nature and use of epikeia in Moral Theology, that this work is humbly presented.