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power, rooted in reason and will


philosophy that holds that every event, action, and decision results from something independent of the human will

External Freedom

freedom from factors outside ourselves

Internal Freedom

freedom from interior factors that limit choice


ascribed, attributed, or definitely linked to a specific accountable person or entity


an ordinance of reason for the common good, promulgated by the one who is in charge of the community

Natural Law

reasoned participation of humans in God's eternal law that reveals what God intends us to do and to avoid according to his wise and loving plan

Evangelical Counsels

vows taken to poverty, chastity, and obedience in order to live the Gospel more fully

Precepts of the Church

minimal obligations for members in good standing of the Catholic faith community

Canon Law

full body of officially established rules governing the Catholic Church


job description of a Christian

Ten Commandments

the Old Law given to Moses on Mt. Sinai

New Law

the gospel of Jesus Christ


asking God to harm another


asking God to verify that what you say is true


abusive remarks about or toward God


giving God-like power to ordinary things


placing something or someone in the place of God


engaging in sexual intimacy with someone other than one's spouse


unmarried people engaging in sexual activity


disrespectful words or actions toward a blessed object


mercy killing

Assisted Suicide

killing oneself with the help of a physician


knowingly communicating a falsehood


taking something that does not belong to you without permission

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