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Old 16th July 2013, 03:42 PM
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Is Lying Always Wrong?
http://www.amazon.com/Is-Lying-Alway...dp/B00DYBGPS8/

Yes. The CCC teaches that lying is wrong by its very nature, meaning that it is an intrinsically evil type of act. Lying is always wrong, regardless of intention or circumstances.
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Old 16th July 2013, 05:58 PM
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Default Is the Witness Protection Program by its very nature gravely sinful?

Ron,

The Witness Protection Program provides new identities to individuals, thereby altering every facet of their lives to entirely new ones, all of which are complete fabrications of the authorities bestowing said identities. In cases such as this, a person in this program is forced to memorize and internalize details about themselves that are patently false. In my humble opinion, these are lies, and these are made-up identities, but all is done in the name of protecting those whose lives may be in jeopardy.

Is the Witness Protection Program inherently and gravely immoral? How should we approach thinking about this? Though the objective sin may be mortal, is the actual sin reduced significantly or at all, possibly to venial?

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Old 16th July 2013, 09:50 PM
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Is the Witness Protection Program inherently and gravely immoral? How should we approach thinking about this? Though the objective sin may be mortal, is the actual sin reduced significantly or at all, possibly to venial?

I don't think a name change is a lie, esp. when it is done legally through WitSec. Other lies that such a person tells do not seem to me to be mortal sins, not even objectively. There is no gravely immoral intention, no gravely disordered moral object, and little harm in the circumstances. So these would be venial sins.

In a sinless world, we would not need a WitSec program.
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