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The differentiation among intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are good (or right) and bad (or wrong).

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Can a Catholic hold the position that some sodomite priests should be punished by the death penalty?

Can Catholics hold the position that some sodomite (=any sexual relation to the other man) priests should be punished by the death penalty? (What about sodomites in general?) I am interested in a ...
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Are Catholics free to disagree about whether it is prudential to not forbid abortion by law?

Question: Are Catholics free to disagree about whether it is prudential to not forbid abortion by law? Namely, can a Catholic ever take a position, that abortion should remain legal for any reason (...
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Is it sinful to watch TV series The Young Pope? [closed]

Question: Is it sinful to watch TV series The Young Pope? Why? I did not watch the TV series, but from what I saw it seems morally corruptible. I am interested in an answer from a Catholic viewpoint.
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Does the Catholic Church have any (quasi) interdiction against the Harry Potter books?

Does the Catholic Church or any particular Catholic dioceses forbid the reading of J. K. Rowling's series of books known as Harry Potter? This same question could be applied to the movie series based ...
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According to Catholicism, is it sinful to physically harm abortion doctors to prevent them from performing abortions?

Question: Is it sinful to physically attack a doctor who performs abortions and break his fingers so that he can not perform an abortion? If yes, why? If no, why? Does it depend on the circumstances? ...
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Why is acting not a sin?

If lying is a sin then why is acting not a sin? By 'acting' I mean intentionally deceiving others. Example: You meet with someone and act happy, but you are mad at them they now are deceived and ...
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Can a Catholic eat the food prepared for the Muslim Eid al-Adha?

I am a Catholic living in a Muslim country> All meat and stuff is halal according to their practice. When they offer Sacrifice on Eid can I consume the meat they send me? Since I believe it’s not a ...
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Can baptized non-Catholics be virtuous?

Question: Can baptized non-Catholics be virtuous? Does the answer differ for cardinal and theological virtues? Can they be only if they have an at least implicit wish to become catholic, if so, what ...
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According to Catholicism, if we can thank God for our fortunes why can we not blame him for our misfortunes?

If God is all knowing and omnipotent and we are to thank him for all of the boons we have received why can we not also "thank" him for all the misfortunes he has set upon us? I always see people ...
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Is it sinful for priests or/and those in state of religion to hug women?

Question. Is it sinful for priests or/and those in state of religion (eg. Franciscans, Dominicans, etc.) to hug women (of course, we are not speaking of hugging mother, sister or something like that)...
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What were the 45 theologians' theological censures of «Amoris Lætitia»?

On June 29, 2016, 45 theologians from all over the world presented a critical study of Amoris Lætitia to the Dean of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Angelo Sodano. (source)cf. "Filial Correction of ...
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How did the “dubia cardinals” accuse and respond to Pope Francis's «Amoris Lætitia»?

How did the "dubia cardinals" accuse and respond to Pope Francis's Amoris Lætitia?
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Could the thorn that was given to Paul be a mortal sin?

In the 2 Cor 12:7-10 we read about Paul thorn: And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to ...
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Is the Theology of the Body in line with traditional Thomistic teaching on marriage?

Question: Is the Theology of the Body in line with traditional Thomistic teaching on marriage? It seems to me that the love of husband and wife is sometimes brought to the level of adornment which ...
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Did the young rich man sin by not following Jesus?

We read in the Gospel of Matthew 19:16-30 the story of the rich young man. The Rich and the Kingdom of God Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to ...
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Can a Bishop forbid some literature to the faithful under his rule?

Can a Bishop, forbid the reading of some books (or any kind of literature) to faithful under his rule, in such a way, that it would be sinful for the faithful to not follow his advice?
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Should dating couples who put themselves regularly to the occasion of sin be granted absolution if they do not have a will to avoid such situations?

Definitions. dating couple = (young) man and (young) women who have a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship between them. Question. Should dating couple which regularly (or just without any good reason) ...
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Is wearing makeup sinful according to Catholic teaching?

Is wearing makeup is sinful according to Catholic teaching? If so, why? I am not asking about someone who would put makeup to cover some kind of deformity on his face (like when someone gets burned ...
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What should a priest who commits a mortal sin just before Holy Mass do, if confession is not available?

Imagine following situation. There is a parish in a small village. There is only one priest in that parish (let's call him Fr. Nomen Nescio). It is Easter Sunday (or some important day on which laity ...
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How does one reconcile belief in objective moral values with the notion of moral progress?

I've noticed that people tend to prefer moral relativism to moral absolutism because of the idea of moral progress. Moral progress is the notion that the world is on a trajectory towards a better and ...
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Can a baby's baptism be nullified and redone the proper way, according to Catholic Canon Law?

If a baby is baptized by one of his parents, without the knowledge of the other parent, is there any way for the baptism to be nullified? If the parent who took the child for baptism had malicious ...
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In the belief of the Pentecostals, is God moral, immoral or amoral?

I've been studying on the nature of God and His character. While reading the New Testament I noticed that God operated in a different way in terms of His behavior. In the Old Testament, God had ...
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How does Catholicism deal with the apparent paradox/conflict between “love thy neighbour” and “you will be rewarded”

I am wondering about an apparent conflict between a call for selfless love topped with a promise of a reward for it. Simply speaking, one is called to behave well (love ones neighbour) out of kindness ...
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Did Pope Francis declare that according to the teaching of the Catholic Church capital punishment is intrinsically evil?

The Internet is full of news that Pope Francis has amended the Catechism of the Catholic Church to forbid capital punishment under all circumstances. One thing remains unclear for me, however: Did ...
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How is free-will formally defined as distinct from determinism, randomness and determinism-randomness hybrid to support moral responsibility? [closed]

Usually free-will is assumed by most faith traditions as a prerequisite for moral responsibility in order to justify eternal punishment. The argument goes as "you are truly responsible for your ...
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Can “feelings and passions” make an act involuntary?

In high school, my religion teacher said, Mortal sin is a very serious matter. It is a conscious decision in which the person intentionally turns away from God. Therefore it is impossible to, say, ...
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According to Catholicism, is it ever permissible to produce physical evil so that good may result?

In Romans 3:8, Paul teaches that it is wrong to do evil to achieve good: And why not say—as we are accused and as some claim we say—that we should do evil that good may come of it? Their penalty is ...
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Lies of the Desert Fathers

Reading The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, I came across at least two accounts of the Fathers lying to or deceiving people 10 . Once a provincial judge heard of Abba Moses and went to Scete to see ...
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What is the Catholic teaching on the use of animals?

During a conversation on crocodile farming for production of meat and leather in the Third World, the person I was talking to found that it was cruelty against animals and that humans, in the 21st ...
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How do theistic evolutionists explain moral reasoning?

If you are a theistic evolutionist, then I see two possible explanations for the existence of human moral reasoning. 1) That at some point in the evolution of primates (or even a more distant common ...
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Does the Church believe that an economic system with shared property is better than one based on private property? [closed]

I met a priest who stated that an economic system based upon shared property is the best and holiest possible system. The priest has made a few interesting Biblical arguments. In his opinion: Such an ...
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On what basis does the Catholic Church oppose penalisation of women guilty of abortion?

There is a very heated public debate about abortion in Poland at this moment. Pro-life organizations, seeing opportunity in the fact that the current government claims to be pro-Catholic, formally ...
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Crucifixion and the principle of double effect

Crucifying Jesus is obviously morally wrong. Being silent on another person's sin is also a sin. God is sinless. How does, from Roman Catholic perspective, one explain the fact that Jesus didn't stop ...
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According to LCMC Lutheranism, why is human imagination considered evil, when unsaved people do some amazingly good things?

According to Genesis 6:5 (NIV) every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. According to Genesis 8:21 states similarly ... every inclination of the human ...
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According to the morality of the Catholic Church are there any organs that are not permitted to be offered in organ transplants?

According to the morality of the Catholic Church are there any organs that are not permitted to be offered in organ transplants? Wikipedia has a very large list of organs that are commonly used in ...
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Modern religious law it still applicable? [closed]

Leviticus 20 literally is associated with Israelites. Why is there a necessity for association with modern law?
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Are all forms of giving equally morally 'good' according to the Catholic church?

Catholics are called to help others in need and to give up what they have for others. However, we do not all give for the same reasons or in the same manner. I've generated a list of general forms of ...
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How do Catholics view the role of conscience in determing morals?

Once in a while I come across statements from Catholics that seem to say that there isn't an absolute truth. It sometimes sounds very like the postmodern mantra that "what is true for you isn't ...
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What is the Biblical basis for moral absolutism?

In this world of moral relativism, do any Christians make a scriptural (Biblical) case for moral absolutism? That is, how do they use the Bible to make the case that there is such a concept as ...
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What specific good does Catholicism attribute to play and entertainment?

In cases where a leisure, entertainment, play activity is questioned for its morality, the moral analysis tends to hinge on at least one evil aspect of the activity—one that either glorifies an evil (...
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What are the current views of the Catholic Church on the right to secession?

I’ve recently heard an interesting opinion that no entity has moral right to exercise authority upon any social group that is unwilling to remain under this authority (excluding inmates). Therefore, ...
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What is the Catholic concept of “freedom to sin”?

This question is inspired by a question posted on ScienceFiction&Fantasy.SE. The central issue (vastly oversimplifying) is whether it's more evil to compel someone to do good than to compel them ...
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Where does C. S. Lewis teach that a virtuous attitude can be developed by acting virtuously?

I recall reading something by C. S. Lewis some time ago in which he recommends that a person who wants to develop a virtuous, right attitude in some area of life should begin acting virtuously in that ...
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According to the Catholic Church, is practicing spiritism moral?

What does the Catholic Church teach about Spiritism, especially the Kardecist Spiritualism Doctrine (covered in the link above)? According to the Catholic Church, it is wrong to try to communicate ...
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Does Young Earth Creationism teach that Adam and Eve only had a concept of morality after the fall?

Does Young Earth Creationism teach that Adam and Eve only had a concept of morality after the fall, once they had eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? If so, would they have been ...
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Would Christianity (in general) agree with “That which is necessary is moral”? [closed]

"That which is necessary is legal" is a doctrine practiced by sane states, so I would like to believe. What about "That which is necessary is moral" ? If so, are there some notable exceptions of ...
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What is an overview of different stances on whether and why it is a sin to pay taxes?

Assuming your government participates in immoral wars that are unjust according to your personal beliefs and religious doctrine (for example Christian just war theory), what do Christian groups ...
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What is the traditional view of Divine Command Theory in accordance to the Reformed tradition?

Wikipedia gives the following definition: Divine command theory is a meta-ethical theory which proposes that an action's status as morally good is equivalent to whether it is commanded by God. ...
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What is the basis for seeing Christ's words in the Gospels as part of the New Covenant?

I see this topic pop up in certain Christian circles. Certain people make the claim that the "Words in Red" in the Gospels (those regarded as the words of Jesus) are not part of the New Testament ...
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Why is vengeance for the Lord?

God has said that vengeance should belong to Him alone, but why? Romans 12:19 ESV Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will ...