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What is the Catholic teaching on the use of animals?

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church: 2416: Animals deserve kindness as they are God's creation and under His care. Animals are God's creatures. He surrounds them with his providential care. ...
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Why does Catholic Church (and possibly some other denominations) approve natural family planning and condemn different kinds of contraception?

I will try to answer the question entirely from a Catholic perspective, as that seems to be what the question demands. The classic determination of a moral act has three parts (CCC 1749-1761): Is ...
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How should Christianity respond to the person who defames it?

There are many different Christian perspectives and some may disagree, but it's arguable that at least a majority of Christians would agree that: A Christian should respond as Jesus would and ...
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Why does Catholic Church (and possibly some other denominations) approve natural family planning and condemn different kinds of contraception?

I would like to add to the ltcomdata's excellent exposition of classic Catholic ethical theory with a couple of considerations. TL;DR The Church condemns contraception—that is, impeding the ...
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Secular Music and Christian Standards?

Philippians 4:8 is an excellent guide when considering whether the lyrics in a song, or the words in a book, or a television programme, are appropriate for a Christian to read/see: Finally, brothers, ...
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How best for a Christian to explore the ethics of a Covid-19 vaccine that might use farmed cell-lines from aborted foetuses?

This is a matter of conscience, quite clearly. I well know how these matters may be viewed by the ungodly as I was disciplined in a certain company many years ago (final written warning on the first ...
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What would be a typical Christian Pacifist response to 'rampant evil' - say in the form of large scale terrorism?

I spent most of my formative years in a Mennonite church, and identify with the Mennonite concept of pacifism. So I will attempt to answer from a Mennonite Pacifist perspective, based primarily on my ...
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Does the Catholic Church rank the cardinal virtues?

From the Recapitulatio of Fr. Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.'s De Virtutibus Theologicis (p. 20), a commentary on St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica II-II, he gives the following categorization ...
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What is the Catholic teaching on the use of animals?

From the Catholic Encyclopedia article "Cruelty to Animals," a quote from Cardinal Manning, in which he says that man must show mercy to animals, not for their sakes, but for our and God's sakes: ...
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Is using medication derived from tissue of aborted fetuses compatible with Catholic teaching?

Is using medication or vaccines derived from tissue of aborted fetuses compatible with Catholic teaching? The short answer is no, but it is a little more complicated than a simple one word answer. ...
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What is the Biblical basis for moral absolutism?

The existence of Moral absolutism is actually fairly easily identified biblically in verses such as: Then the LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now,...
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Did Jeremiah lie in Jeremiah 38:27

Yes, it appears from the description that Jeremiah was not completely honest with the officials. They probably were asking about Jeremiah's prophecies, and he did not tell them what they wanted to ...
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Roman Catholic: Is piracy of information and media wrong in all circumstances?

The Catechism is explicit. 1754 The circumstances, including the consequences, are secondary elements of a moral act. They contribute to increasing or diminishing the moral goodness or evil of human ...
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How best for a Christian to explore the ethics of a Covid-19 vaccine that might use farmed cell-lines from aborted foetuses?

I wish to know both ethical considerations involved and how to identify which Covid-19 vaccinations might have such ethically questionable ‘ingredients'. How to identify The Pro-Life Charlotte Lozier ...
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According to Catholic doctrine, would a cloned human being have a soul?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that every human body is human because it has a soul imparted by God. 364 The human body shares in the dignity of "the image of God": it is a ...
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Secular Music and Christian Standards?

Secular Music and Christian Standards? If you do not mind I would like to answer your question from a Catholic perspective (which I think would be appropriate to some degree to other Christian ...
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How best for a Christian to explore the ethics of a Covid-19 vaccine that might use farmed cell-lines from aborted foetuses?

I do not have own insights to this topic, but I want to point to some statements of representants of the Catholic Church. In the last month many dealt with this topic, e.g the Bishops Conferences of ...
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What ethical considerations, if any, should Catholics have about cryptocurrencies?

What ethical considerations, if any, should Catholic have about cryptocurrencies? An article published on 19 July 2017 suggested that the Vatican may launch a “blessed” cryptocurrency, taxed in favour ...
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Does the Bible condone bribery?

TL;DR: Bribes that pervert justice are condemned, but gifts which curry favour are allowed and sometimes even a sign of wisdom. שׁחד The Hebrew word for 'bribe' in these verses is the root שׁחד. It ...
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If the Catholic Church teaches "babies and bonding", is having sex at an old age a sin?

No it is not necessarily a sin. Babies and Bonding is a euphamism for the procreative and unitive nature of the conjugal act. St. Pope John Paul II devotes a large portion of his famous work "...
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Are all forms of giving equally morally 'good' according to the Catholic church?

There are some obvious things that could be said about this question (the Bible citations for why anyone would do or not do these specific things are pretty easy). A few less obvious things to bring ...
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Do any Christian denominations consider it not sinful to commit suicide in order to donate organs? If so, why?

I'm adressing the following question : If you commit suicide but at the same time donate your organs to save others, is that sinful or not? For the Catholic Church, this is very sinful. Below are ...
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Are all forms of giving equally morally 'good' according to the Catholic church?

The morality of an act depends on three things what is done (the object), why it is done (the intention) and the circumstances. 1750 The morality of human acts depends on: the object ...
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Do any Christian versions of 'Just War Theory' address cases in which foes exploit the principles of Just War to their own advantage?

Summary: No, the Just War doctrine is not intended to provide guidance at this level of detail. First a brief summary of what the Just War Doctrine is. It's intended to be an answer to the question ...
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What innovations in ethics occurred within Christendom during the 9th Century?

What innovations in ethics occurred within Christendom during the 9th Century? To start with, Charlemagne banned work on Sundays in 789. In the West, Emperor Charlemagne in 789 banned work on ...
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What innovations in ethics occurred within Christendom during the 9th Century?

The Carolingian Renaissance produced much reforms, including in the church, as well as much learning, patronized by Emperor Charlemagne and his grandson Charles the Bald. See Ken Graham's answer for ...
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Does Hebrews 4:12 imply that unspoken good intentions might justify sins?

It is arguably the same writer (opinions differ on Paul writing Hebrews) who wrote : And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may ...
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What is an overview of Christian viewpoints on the 'animal cruelty' argument for veganism?

What is an overview of Christian viewpoints on the 'animal cruelty' argument for veganism? I find it hard to imagine that any Christian denomination would take such a stand as defending veganism ...
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Roman Catholic: Is piracy of information and media wrong in all circumstances?

To Sell is to Transfer Full Ownership These anti-piracy laws seems to oppose private ownership / private property. If I buy a CD, I should be able to copy it, lend it, etc., because I own it. To ...
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Why does Catholic Church (and possibly some other denominations) approve natural family planning and condemn different kinds of contraception?

Natural Family Planning (NFP) does not interfere with the marital act. Interfering with it is what caused God to punish Onan in Genesis 38:9-10. NFP, also known as periodic abstinence, is supported ...
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