Is Collective Punishment Intrinsically Evil?

The answer depends on the definition of collective punishment. Wikipedia here discusses the Fourth Geneva Convention and the definition of collective punishment: Under the 1949 Geneva Conventions, collective punishment is a war crime. By collective punishment, the drafters of the … Continue reading

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Why does Revisionist Ethics condemn Euthanasia?

First things first. The Roman Catholic Magisterium rightly condemns euthanasia, in any and all forms, as intrinsically evil and always gravely immoral. And this teaching against euthanasia is both true AND consistent with Church teaching on other intrinsically evil acts. … Continue reading

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No Special Spiritual Event happens on September 23, 2017

Recently, some commentators have been speculating that September 23, 2017 would have some special spiritual significance. The claim is made that a combination of celestial events combine to form the woman clothed with the sun from Revelation 12. See this … Continue reading

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They knew Jesus was the Messiah, and they killed him anyway

Some persons commit sins, without fully realizing the immorality of their acts. They should have known, and so they are guilty of negligence in learning faith and morals. But other persons know full well that certain acts are gravely immoral, … Continue reading

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Fig Leaves, Falsehoods, and the Father of Lies

What does Sacred Scripture say about lying? [Leviticus] {19:11} You shall not steal. You shall not lie. Neither shall anyone deceive his neighbor. [Proverbs] {6:16} Six things there are that the Lord hates, and the seventh, his soul detests: {6:17} … Continue reading

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Free booklet on Ethics and Lying

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My booklet, Is Lying Always Wrong?, in Kindle format only, will be free from May 25 to May 27, 2017 (Pacific time). Please take advantage of this offer. To read the Kindle versions of my books, without a Kindle device, … Continue reading

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Human Acts have a Moral Nature

The teaching of the Roman Catholic Church on ethics differs from every other source of ethical teachings. The main difference is the doctrine that human acts have a moral nature. Each of our acts has an inherent moral meaning (or … Continue reading

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Reply to the Usual Claims on Birth Control for Medical Reasons

Those who claim that the intrinsically evil acts of using abortifacient contraception while sexually active is moral for a medical reason usually make the same set of grave moral errors. A list of those errors, with the correct understanding, follow. … Continue reading

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Radical Revisionist Ethics: Adultery and Lying

When I was getting my degree in philosophy and theology at Boston College (many years ago), I took a class in sexual ethics. The professor, Lisa Sowle Cahill, did in fact teach what the Church teaches on morality, including that … Continue reading

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Catholic Ethics: what is sin?

God alone is good. The goodness of God is the basis for all morality. Everything created by God has goodness, but God alone is Goodness. Only God is perfect and infinite Goodness, by His very Nature. The Nature of God … Continue reading

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The conservative Catholic subculture has gone astray from the true Faith

After Vatican II, liberal Catholics used the Council as an excuse for a number of serious errors on faith and morals, and on discipline. But the Council is not responsible for those errors, just as the Bible is not responsible … Continue reading

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Sinful Secular Society has influenced Catholic Moral Theology

A couple of recent Gallup polls show that Catholics in the U.S. have largely lost their moral compass. Newsweek reports that 55% of non-Catholic Christians support legalized same-sex marriage. What about Catholics? It’s 65% for Catholics. We have the teaching … Continue reading

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Birth Control Pills for a Medical Purpose? The Catholic Answer

Is it moral for Catholic spouses to both (1) use abortifacient contraception for a medical purpose and (2) continue having marital relations? The correct Catholic answer: The spouses must refrain from sex while taking abortifacient contraception for a medical purpose. … Continue reading

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What is the Benedict Option?

Short answer: Christians exercise the Benedict Option when they strive to live apart from secular society, as much as possible, while forming a community with like-minded Christians. Saint Benedict left behind the sinful society of Rome to live in a … Continue reading

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Some People do not want to be in the State of Grace

To have eternal happiness in Heaven, a human person must die in the state of grace. The state of grace always includes the theological virtues of love, faith, and hope. So we can say that the state of grace is … Continue reading

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The Most Common Error on Intrinsically Evil Acts

There are three fonts of morality, three things that can possibly make a human act moral or immoral: (1) intention, (2) moral object, (3) circumstances. Any one bad font makes the act objectively wrong to choose. 1. The font called … Continue reading

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Making Friends for Eternal Life

When you pray for other persons, by name or more generally by their particular need, you are making friends for eternal life in Heaven. For when you and they all eventually go to Heaven, they will know that you prayed … Continue reading

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The Doctrinal Crisis on Intrinsic Evil

In Roman Catholic moral theology, no teaching of Jesus Christ through His Church is more under attack than the teaching that intrinsically evil acts are always wrong. It is a difficult teaching to accept. The condemnation of intrinsically evil acts … Continue reading

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The Doctrines of the Council of Trent: a new translation

I have published a new booklet: ‘The Doctrines of the Council of Trent: A New Translation‘. The Council of Trent was held from 1545 to 1563. This new translation contains only the doctrines of the Council of Trent, not also … Continue reading

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Germain Grisez justifies partial birth abortions

In his book, ‘The Way of the Lord Jesus’, Roman Catholic moral theologian Germain Grisez openly rejects magisterial teaching against direct abortion to save the life of the mother. And he approves of partial birth abortions. Grisez claims that it … Continue reading

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