Category Archives: ethics

Abortifacient Contraception in Cases of Rape: Theory and Practice

In cases of rape, a woman or her healthcare provider may use contraception to prevent the conception of a child as a result of the rape. This use of contraception is indirect, and therefore not intrinsically evil. Contraception is immoral … Continue reading

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Is the IUD an abortifacient?

Here are the answers from the top 5 search results at Google.com on 2018-08-09: 1. What an abortifacient is — and what it isn’t (National Catholic Reporter) Feb 20, 2012 by Jamie Manson https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/grace-margins/what-abortifacient-and-what-it-isnt “The reality is that there is … Continue reading

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Could Pope Francis be Wrong on the Death Penalty?

Pope Francis recently ordered a change to the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the subject of the death penalty. Formerly, the text read as follows: “Assuming that the guilty party’s identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional … Continue reading

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When A Spouse Refuses Sex

In the Catholic Sacrament of holy Matrimony, natural marital relations open to life is the right of the spouses. And each spouse has a duty before conscience and God to have marital relations with their mate. The primary purpose of … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on the Death Penalty

Pope Francis has ordered a change to the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the topic of the death penalty: NC Register story. The death penalty “2267. Recourse to the death penalty on the part of legitimate authority, following a … Continue reading

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More Prenatals are killed by Abortifacients than by Abortion

Edited to add: Births worldwide per year is 137 million infants. Abortifacient deaths from IUDs are 1 to 2 losses per woman per year [Mechanisms of action of intrauterine devices; Am J Obstet Gynecol 2002;187:1699-70]. Worldwide, 163 million women use … Continue reading

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An Overview of Heresy in the Church Today: Part One Moral Theology

Intrinsically evil acts An intrinsically evil act is a knowingly chosen act which is inherently ordered toward an evil moral object (a moral deprivation in the proximate end of the act). When the object is evil, the act is intrinsically … Continue reading

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More Grave Errors by E. Christian Brugger via NCRegister

In his article, Is Masturbation Always Wrong?, E. Christian Brugger proposes serious moral errors. The specific question is whether masturbation is moral for medical reasons. His answer is a mishmash of truth, distortion, and error. And in the end, he … Continue reading

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Contraception does not destroy the Unitive or Marital meanings

A set of heresies is being propagated on the topic of contraception and sexual ethics by unfaithful Catholic teachers. Previously, I wrote about the heresy claiming that contraception only applies to a valid marriage. Today, I address the claim that … Continue reading

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Which Persons Are Virgins?

According to canon lawyer Ed Peters: “a woman who has not freely engaged in penile-vaginal sexual intercourse is a ‘virgin’ while one who has engaged in that act is not.” This ridiculously narrow definition permits a woman to commit all … Continue reading

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The Three Fonts of Morality (continued)

Free Will and Ends Human free will is the source of each of the three fonts. The human person chooses, by an exercise of free will, an intended end. The person is not compelled to choose any particular end; he … Continue reading

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The Three Fonts of Morality

A human act is a knowing choice made by a human person. Every human act is an exercise of free will, making a choice based on knowledge in the intellect. Each choice is an act. All acts are subject to … Continue reading

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Nuclear Weapons and Catholic Ethics

The recent Popes have spoken against nuclear weapons and nuclear proliferation. They have repeatedly called for total disarmament worldwide. They have also condemned the use and even the possession of these weapons. Second Vatican Council: “Any act of war aimed … Continue reading

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Which Acts Are Sins?

In Catholic teaching, the morality of human acts is determined by three fonts (from the Latin word for sources). An act is a deliberate knowing choice; it is an exercise of free will and reason. Each human act is moral … Continue reading

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Wifely Obedience in Catholic Teaching

True Marriage There are only two types of true marriage before the eyes of God, a merely natural marriage, and the Sacrament of holy Matrimony. Natural marriage was established when Adam and Eve were created, that is, at the beginning … Continue reading

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On Cooperation with a Contracepting Spouse

Suppose that one spouse in a marriage wishes to use contraception, and the other spouse, following Catholic teaching, wishes to have natural marital relations open to life. Can the couple have sexual relations, if one spouse is committing the sin … Continue reading

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How To Decide Right from Wrong

The Catholic Church has certain clear teachings on which acts are moral, and which are immoral. For example, good acts include: prayer, self-denial, and the works of mercy. Bad acts include theft, lying, murder, contraception, abortion, and the various sexual … Continue reading

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The Two Types of Usury

[Exodus] {22:25} If you lend money to the poor of my people who live among you, you shall not coerce them like a collector, nor oppress them with usury. [Psalm 14] (15) {14:1} A Psalm of David. O Lord, who … Continue reading

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The Validity of Marriage and Procreation

Consider the following scenarios: 1. After the couple have been married for some time, the husband commits adultery and runs off with his adulteress. The marriage remains valid, as adultery cannot nullify a valid Sacrament. The innocent spouse cannot remarry. … Continue reading

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Q. 4: Can Catholic Spouses use Masturbation in the Context of Natural Intercourse?

No, they cannot. First, masturbation is intrinsically evil and always gravely immoral. The CCC defines masturbation as: “the deliberate stimulation of the genital organs in order to derive sexual pleasure.” [1] This sexual act is non-marital, non-unitive, and non-procreative. It … Continue reading

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