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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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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 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's Christians take on pirating authors books, software, movies etc?

There are several arguments sometimes made why "piracy" as OP calls it may be sinful. The Bible itself does not directly address the issue. Some say that it is stealing and therefore ...
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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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How is the claim "lust is evil" shown to be true in Christianity without appealing to Divine Command Theory?

For purposes of this question let's use as a working definition of evil/sinful "that which is contrary to the nature of God". Lust seeks to sacrifice the interests of others for personal ...
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How is the claim "lust is evil" shown to be true in Christianity without appealing to Divine Command Theory?

Buried in your question is a contradiction: the word "justified". Justification in Christianity is a legal concept! To discuss a legal concept without reference to the law is not possible. ...
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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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What are counterexamples to the position that Christian morality is ultimately utilitarian (i.e., that God is utilitarian)?

Utilitarianism is the doctrine that actions are right because they are useful. It is a doctrine that claims that the greatest happiness of the greatest numbers should be the guiding principle of ...
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What are counterexamples to the position that Christian morality is ultimately utilitarian (i.e., that God is utilitarian)?

What are counter examples to the position that God is utilitarian ? DEFINITION : That property in any object, whereby it tends to produce benefit, advantage, pleasure, good, or happiness ... [or] to ...
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What is the difference between Christian Hedonism and Utilitarianism?

One definition of utilitarianism from ethical philosophy: a family of normative ethical theories that prescribe actions that maximize happiness and well-being for all affected individuals. Another ...
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Is it a mortal sin for a Catholic to knowingly pass on his/her sickness to another person?

Is it a mortal sin for a Catholic to knowingly pass on his/her sickness to another person? That would depend on the gravity of the communicable disease in question. Has a Catholic commited a mortal ...
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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 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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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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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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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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What is the third moral principle that forbids gender change?

There is nothing hypothetical about what is already happening. There are now treatments, practices and efforts that aim to change a person's sexual orientation, their gender identity and/or gender ...
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What are counterexamples to the position that Christian morality is ultimately utilitarian (i.e., that God is utilitarian)?

I will offer 4 counter-examples to this hypothesis; I will also acknowledge a few shortcomings of these counter-examples. 1. Minimizing suffering Some forms of utilitarian thought--such as negative ...
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Do any Christian traditions permit suicide to avoid being dishonored (raped)?

Let Case 1 = the suicide for women at the point of being raped and Case 2 = the suicide of a father and his family to avoid seeing the mother/wife and the daughters/sisters raped and dishonored ...
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Are all forms of giving equally morally 'good' according to the Catholic church?

St. Thomas Aquinas addresses the question "To whom should we give alms?" in Summa Theologica II-II q. 32 a. 9 c.: As Augustine says (De Doctr. Christ. i, 28), "it falls to us by lot, as it were, to ...
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According to Catholicism, is it ever permissible to produce physical evil so that good may result?

is it ever permissible to produce physical evil so that good may result? Yes, it is permissible to destroy ("produce physical evil") in order to effect good. The human manner of creating things ...
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