Are Catholics Bound by Human Laws?

Is man obliged to obey the commands of human lawgivers? Do human laws bind men? The answer is yes. Just human laws are means to man’s final end. If man chooses to have the end, he must choose the means to it. So just human laws bind man’s conscience, obliging him to obey. St. Thomas says: “Laws framed by man . . . if they be just, have the power of binding in conscience from the Eternal Law whence they are derived.” Unjust laws do not bind in conscience except, as was mentioned…

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