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Morality - Unit 2
Terms in this set (15)
The quality of being worthy of esteem or respect. Every human person has worth and value because each person is made in God's image.
No one has to earn dignity and worth.
We have dignity despite our personal accomplishments or lack thereof.
We have dignity despite our station in life or our gifts - rich or poor, very smart or less so, athletic or not.
The principle of Catholic social teaching that holds that a higher unit of society should not do what a lower unit can do as well (or better).
"Sum total of social conditions that allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily."
The Christian virtue of social charity and friendship.
God's love and salvation revealed through the life, passion, death, resurrection, and glorification (ascension) of Jesus Christ.
Some actions are intrinsically always evil and, therefore, wrong because they go against God's will and destroy human good.
These actions can NEVER be justified.
ACTIONS - what we do - make up the content of the moral object.
They are the pivotal element in judging if something is moral or immoral.
WHY you did something
Because intention resides in the will of the person (subject) acting, intention is often referred to as the
subjective dimension in morality.
My good intentions do not make an act good...
...if the means I use are evil.
The answers to questions that begin with WHO, WHERE, WHEN, and HOW...
...help reveal the circumstances of a particular moral act.
Circumstances can increase or decrease...
...the moral goodness or evil of an act.
While consequences or outcomes are important to consider, they are neither the ONLY nor the DECISIVE factor in the morality of actions.
The moral object is the decisive factor.