Category Archives: intention and moral object

Can an intrinsically evil act be justified by a good purpose?

There are three fonts of morality (intention, moral object, circumstances). In order for any knowingly chosen act to be moral, all three fonts must be good. If an act has an evil moral object, then that act is intrinsically evil … Continue reading

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Catholic Answers Forums promotes abortifacients

Whenever anyone asks a certain type of question in Catholic Answers Forums, the same false and gravely immoral answer is given by numerous different members of that Forum. Q: Is it moral for a woman to use abortifacient contraception, for … Continue reading

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Can unintended bad consequences make an act immoral? Yes.

The Magisterium teaches that there are three fonts or sources of morality, that is to say, three types of things that determine the morality of an act: (1) intention (2) moral object (3) circumstances If all three fonts are good, … Continue reading

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The Principle of Double Effect

There are three fonts of morality: (1) intention, (2) moral object, (3) circumstances. The Magisterium definitively teaches (Veritatis Splendor, Catechism of the Catholic Church, etc.) that to be moral an act must have three good fonts. Any one bad font … Continue reading

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Automatic Excommunication for the Use of Abortifacient Contraception

The penalty of automatic excommunication applies to anyone who deliberately chooses and accomplishes a direct abortion, with knowledge of the penalty attached. Can. 1398 A person who procures a completed abortion incurs a latae sententiae excommunication. This penalty applies to … Continue reading

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Catholic Teaching on Contraception: a Summary

There are three fonts (sources) of morality: (1) intention – the intended end or purpose for which the act was chosen, by the subject. (2) moral object – the immediate end toward with the act is inherently directed, by the … Continue reading

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Contraception is intrinsically evil

The Magisterium has many times taught that contraception is intrinsically evil. The use of contraception is a type of act that is inherently ordered toward an evil end, toward the deprivation of the procreative meaning of sexual relations. The knowing … Continue reading

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Guilty murderer or innocent victim? (On duress and morality)

There was a story in the news recently about a young woman who was a soldier in the Libyan military. During the rebellion, she was forced to kill captured rebels. These were not killings during battle. The rebels were individually … Continue reading

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Masturbation is intrinsically evil and a mortal sin

Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: “in fact both the Magisterium of the Church — in the course of a constant tradition — and the moral sense of the faithful have declared without hesitation that masturbation is an … Continue reading

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In Roman Catholic moral theology, what is a moral object?

Morality concerns acts (also called ‘human acts), which are the knowing choices of a human person. In moral theology, an act is an exercise of intellect and free will. The mind understands, and the will freely chooses. All such knowing … Continue reading

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Which sexual acts are moral, and which are immoral? Sexual ethics and the three fonts of morality

There are three fonts of morality: 1. intention, 2. moral object, 3, circumstances. Each and every knowingly chosen act of the human person has three fonts, and all three fonts must be good for the act to be moral (morally … Continue reading

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Roman Catholic teaching on masturbation – part 1

Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: “in fact both the Magisterium of the Church — in the course of a constant tradition — and the moral sense of the faithful have declared without hesitation that masturbation is an … Continue reading

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