Thursday, August 31, 2006

Kansas Bishops' Document Distinguishes Moral Evils From Prudential Judgments

(Hat tip: Catholic World News)

Kansas' Catholic Bishops issue statement of "Moral Principles for Catholic Voters":
PRUDENTIAL JUDGMENTS ON SOCIAL POLICY.
In some moral matters the use of reason allows for a legitimate diversity in our prudential judgments. Catholic voters may differ, for example, on what constitutes the best immigration policy, how to provide universal health care, or affordable housing. Catholics may even have differing judgments on the state’s use of the death penalty or the decision to wage a just war. The morality of such questions lies not in what is done (the moral object), but in the motive and circumstances. Therefore, because these prudential judgments do not involve a direct choice of something evil and take into consideration various goods, it is possible for Catholic voters to arrive at different, even opposing judgments.

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JUDGMENTS CONCERNING MORAL EVILS.
A correct conscience recognizes that there are some choices that always involve doing evil and which can never be done even as a means to a good end. These choices include elective abortion, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, the destruction of embryonic human beings in stem cell research, human cloning, and same-sex “marriage.” Such acts are judged to be intrinsically evil, that is, evil in and of themselves, regardless of our motives or the circumstances.
My Comments:
Stick that in your seamless garment.

2 Comments:

At 8/31/2006 8:40 AM, Blogger Father Martin Fox said...

That's a good statement, very clear!

I wish that had been part of the discussion in 2004...

 
At 8/31/2006 10:45 AM, Blogger Tom McKenna said...

Bravo for posting this. I only wish some bloggers (and peace and justice types) would acknowledge that their pet views on the death penalty and the war are not the only or best Catholic positions.

 

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