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Old 17th March 2010, 05:07 PM
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Default Catechism of Catholic Ethics, Chapter 1

Read CCE .018.

God alone is good.
The goodness of God is the basis for all morality.

Please try to answer these questions in your own words:

What makes an act immoral?

Why is God offended by immoral acts?

How are our good and bad acts related to God?
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Old 17th March 2010, 06:35 PM
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1. An Act is immoral if any of the 3 fonts of morality is immoral.

2. God is Good. Anything that is not good offends God.

3. Good acts are completed in cooperation with God's grace. Immoral acts destroy grace. A mortal sin takes the one committing it out of Sanctifying Grace. Dying without Sanctifying Grace results in the loss of salvation.
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Old 17th March 2010, 06:44 PM
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Good answers.
But what makes a font immoral?
What is the standard for judging whether anything is good or bad?

Why is God good?
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Old 17th March 2010, 08:35 PM
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What makes an act immoral?

Doing something contrary to the Natural Law established by God

Why is God offended by immoral acts?

Because of our rejection to Him who is goodness.

How are our good and bad acts related to God?

When we do good acts, we cooperate with His grace, when we do bad acts, we reject His goodness.
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Old 17th March 2010, 09:42 PM
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The goodness of God is the basis for morality. Acts that are moral are good before God. Acts that are immoral are not good before God.

All moral acts in some way resemble the very Nature of God, and all immoral acts in some way oppose the very Nature of God.

It is because God is good that certain acts are moral and other acts are immoral.
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Old 18th March 2010, 01:55 AM
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All moral acts in some way resemble the very Nature of God, and all immoral acts in some way oppose the very Nature of God.

You just rang my bell. That, makes so much sense. The implications from this statement are rather humbling and requiring a bit of reflection.
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So this is what makes moral truths absolute and unchanging eternal truths, that moral and immoral are determined by the Nature of God. God is eternal and unchanging Goodness, and so moral truths are absolute. Moral good can never become moral evil, and moral evil can never become moral good.
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Old 18th March 2010, 01:21 PM
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Read CCE .019. to .020.

Post questions or comments.
I will post comments and questions later.
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Old 18th March 2010, 02:08 PM
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Ron, some of us can't participate until we have the book but we are following along.
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Old 18th March 2010, 02:45 PM
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The term 'act' (or human act) in moral theology has a specialized meaning. It refers to knowingly chosen acts. An act is always knowingly chosen. Morality only applies to acts that are, or can be, knowingly chosen.

Actual sin is a knowingly chosen immoral act.

chosen means freely chosen, i.e. by use of the free will
knowing means with the knowledge that the act is immoral.

Objective sin is an act that would be an actual sin if it was knowingly chosen.
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