instruere...inlustrare...delectare Disputations

Thursday, September 01, 2011

As a reminder,

the fact that Catholic moral teaching holds that a particular species of act is not objectively evil does not imply that any given argument for performing that act is consistent with Catholic moral teaching.

In other words, a particular prudential judgment can be contrary to the moral law, even in matters that the moral law leaves to prudential judgment. This is because reaching a prudential judgment is itself a moral act, and is therefore governed by the moral law.

Just because instances of an act can be morally good doesn't mean a particular instance of the act can't be known to be morally evil.