Malta Minute with the Catechism: Good Acts and Evil Acts

  • Program #: 163
  • Description: The Catholic Catechism tells us that an evil end can corrupt an objectively good act. Our Lord pointed this out when he spoke of Pharisees praying and fasting - both objectively good acts - in order to be seen by men - a morally corrupt end which therefore corrupts all the actions. On the other hand, a good intention cannot justify an objectively evil action. One cannot turn fornication - a morally evil action in and of itself - by participating in it - even to save a life. Fornication is always wrong because it involves a disorder of the will - a moral evil. It is an error, the Catechism tells us; therefore to judge an act merely by considering the intention that inspired it or the circumstances such as social pressure or emergency. The end never justify the means. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been

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