Skip to comments.Sources of Morality [Ecumenical]
Posted on 08/22/2011 3:32:42 PM PDT by Salvation
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Simplified
The three sources of morality:
The object directly chosen by the will determines the basic morality (good or bad). The person's intellect sees this as according to moral standards (good) or not according to moral standards (evil).
The person also has an intention which determines the act's morality. An intention can guide many acts or even a whole lifetime (as loving God). One act can have a multiplicity of intentions (Doing a favor to help someone and also to receive a favor in return).
However, a good intention can never turn an evil act into a good one. A good purpose cannot justify evil means. However, an evil intention can make a good act into an evil one, such as giving alms to gain praise.
Only the act and the intention make an act good or bad. The circumstances can increase or diminish the goodness or evil. For example, stealing a large amount of money increases the evil, while fear of harm can lessen a person's responsibility. Circumstances can never make an evil act into a good one.
An act is good when the object, the intention, and the circumstances are all good. A good act is vitiated by an evil intention (praying in order to be seen as good). Some acts are evil in themselves (as fornication) and are always wrong to choose.
Therefore, the person's intention and the circumstances, such as pressure or duress, cannot change a morally evil act, such as murder, blasphemy, or adultery, into a morally good act. We cannot do evil so good will come from it.
Whenever man deliberately chooses, he is the "father of his acts." These freely chosen acts can be morally evaluated as good or evil.
A short “morality” series. There seems to be some questions about this on the forum.
I haven’t read it so I’m out of your league there!
The only way it could be 'not wrong' would be if you could in all honesty say 'I didn't realize I was doing that.' For instance, if you thought the sleeping person were actually a mannikin and you were on a theatrical set and playing the part of a fictional murderer: you didn't know you were actually stabbing a man.
Incidentally, I think that ordinary, commonsense, secular law often gets this better than philosphers do. Any jury could plainly see this, and make their decision in 30 minutes. It's the philosophy dept. that would babble on about it for several years and never come to a verdict.
What about this one?
A person has been being an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, then reads a book and changes his/her mind.
So the person then changes their intention of using their “unconsecrated” hands to distribute Holy Communion — the Body and Blood of Christ — and decides not to do it any more.
A person cannot be guilty of something that was truly inadvertent. You can't "inadvertently" incur guilt for, e.g. sacrilege. Bur as soon as you realized it was sacrilege, you'd be obliged to stop.
Are EM's supposed to have their hands consecrated? Or...what? What does Canon Law say? Is an individual bishop allowed to establish norms for his own diocese? (This is one of the many things I don't know anything about.)
WELCOME BACK Salvation!
No, I think what Salvation is saying is that Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion should truly be an extraordinary event and the said minister should be truly cognizant of the ineffable mystery they are touching (humility).
On another note why are Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion common but the Extraordinary Rite is uncommon.
This is my diocese's guidelines with references - http://www.dioceseoftrenton.org/document.doc?id=173
I just clicked and looked it over. Very good. Thank you for giving the link.
I pray for this.
Are there occasions when Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion may not distribute Communion at a Eucharistic Liturgy?
Yes. When there are enough ordinary ministers to distribute Holy Communion.**
Thanks for the link. I’m going to send it to someone at my parish.
Our priest is gone on sabattical so it’s not him.
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