Catholic Moral Teaching

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The Catholic Church has been guiding civil morality since its inception, be it through the Ten Commandments or church dogmatic teaching. However, society no longer looks to the Church as its primary source of moral teaching, especially with the new libertarian doctrines surrounding human life (both neonatal and elderly). Modern society has created a new dogma of conscience that emphasizes the selfish needs of the individual and disregards the needs of the collective. Such an example is Canada’s legalization of euthanasia/physician-assisted suicide with the passing of bill C-384, which states that a person may choose to medically end their life as long as they are lucid and over the age of 18 . People do not understand the Church’s position …show more content…
Catholic moral teaching explains that a moral action has three components: the object, the intention and the circumstance . This vein of moral teaching explains that an action is moral when product leads to a good outcome. Although intentions and circumstances may influence an action, they do not affect the morality associated with the object . Intentions can be both good and bad, but they cannot be used to lessen the moral responsibility of an individual. Regardless of the intention (good or evil) for performing an evil action, it does not change the fact that a person is still responsible for that action-taking place. Although this is a bleak view on how the Church appraises an action, it insists on this teaching so its people can fully understand that an action is only good when a morally good outcome is the result of a good intention. By achieving a deeper connection with God’s divinity, an adherence to Catholic moral teaching aids in the establishment of a conscience that strives to make decisions that is influenced by the good. Whereas, the components of a deliberate action explain the practical motives for living morally, the concept is further built upon in the Church’s teaching on sin, which acts as a spiritual guide for moral …show more content…
The Church does not provide its teachings of morality to promote a permanent guilt complex among its people. Rather, the Church insists that Christians obey its teachings on morality so they can live according to their conscience, to avoid the evil that comes from selfish thinking and adhere themselves towards the good they are naturally inclined to. These inclinations established through natural law, allows for an individual to develop certain enriching virtues, like courage and prudence that can be passed down onto others. The Church’s moral teaching creates a more educated and morally inclined community that understands why the Church maintains its position on controversial issues. By creating a morally conscious community, the moral teaching of the Catholic Church creates a collective, rather than individualistic people focused on solely themselves. Through its intellectual tradition the Church has established doctrines of morality that allows its congregations to strive towards an enriching happiness that is for the betterment of everybody

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