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Old 11th December 2009, 12:30 PM
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The term 'object' is used to refer to a type of end; it is the end, in terms of morality, toward which the act is inherently directed.

The moral object and the moral species (or moral nature) are not the same. The moral object determines the moral species (the type of act in terms of morality). An act is inherently directed at its moral object. The moral nature of the act is its inherent ordering toward the moral object.

Example: A man attempts to murder his neighbor, but fails. The moral object of the act is the killing of an innocent person; but in this case the moral object was not attained (no one died). Even so, the act remains inherently ordered toward that evil end, and so the moral nature (or species) of the act remains the same; it is the sin of murder.

The moral nature is the ordering of the act toward its end. The moral object is that end. Moral nature and moral species are synonymous.

Adultery has an evil end because the act is ordered toward an end, sexual relations outside of the marriage bond, that is contrary to love of God, neighbor, self. Every evil moral object is contrary to love of God, neighbor, self. So the conflict between the end of the act and the positive precepts to love God, neighbor, self is what makes that end immoral. The act is deprived of a good required by the love of God, neighbor, self.

Evil is a privation of good. In order to be good, sexual acts must have a threefold moral object that is unitive, procreative, marital. So all sexual acts outside of marriage have an evil moral object because all such acts are deprived of the marital meaning.
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The term 'object' is used to refer to a type of end; it is the end, in terms of morality, toward which the act is inherently directed.

The moral object and the moral species (or moral nature) are not the same. The moral object determines the moral species (the type of act in terms of morality). An act is inherently directed at its moral object. The moral nature of the act is its inherent ordering toward the moral object.

Example: A man attempts to murder his neighbor, but fails. The moral object of the act is the killing of an innocent person; but in this case the moral object was not attained (no one died). Even so, the act remains inherently ordered toward that evil end, and so the moral nature (or species) of the act remains the same; it is the sin of murder.

The moral nature is the ordering of the act toward its end. The moral object is that end. Moral nature and moral species are synonymous.

Adultery has an evil end because the act is ordered toward an end, sexual relations outside of the marriage bond, that is contrary to love of God, neighbor, self. Every evil moral object is contrary to love of God, neighbor, self. So the conflict between the end of the act and the positive precepts to love God, neighbor, self is what makes that end immoral. The act is deprived of a good required by the love of God, neighbor, self.

Evil is a privation of good. In order to be good, sexual acts must have a threefold moral object that is unitive, procreative, marital. So all sexual acts outside of marriage have an evil moral object because all such acts are deprived of the marital meaning.

Ron,

So for example when our Lord says:

Mt {5:28} But I say to you, that anyone who will have looked at a woman, so as to lust after her, has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

The moral object is the act of adultery but the moral object was not attained (in so far as the physical act is concerned). Nervertheless, the act remains inherently directed at this evil end.
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So for example when our Lord says:

Mt {5:28} But I say to you, that anyone who will have looked at a woman, so as to lust after her, has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

The moral object is the act of adultery but the moral object was not attained (in so far as the physical act is concerned). Nervertheless, the act remains inherently directed at this evil end.

Exactly correct.

A man looks at a woman with lust (an interior consent to a illicit sexual act). This interior act is inherently directed at adultery as a moral object. The interior act does not attain that moral object (adultery), but it remains inherently ordered toward adultery. And so lust is a mortal sin, just as adultery is a mortal sin, due to a gravely immoral object.
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Old 11th December 2009, 11:40 PM
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Great example, very well explained.
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