Explanation of Catholic Morals

A Concise, Reasoned, and Popular Exposition of Catholic Morals

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Published: 1904
Language: English
Wordcount: 100,023 / 295 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 67.9
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 1,458
Added to site: 2006.05.24
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An abomination before men may be something very different in His sight who searches the heart and reins of man and measures evil by the malice of the evil-doer. The only good or evil He sees in our deeds is the good or evil we ourselves see in them before or while we act.

Violence and fear may oppress the will, and thereby prove destructive to the morality of an act and the responsibility of the agent. Certain it is, that we can be forced to act against our will, to perform that which we abhor, and do not consent to do. Such force may be brought to bear upon us as we cannot withstand. Fear may influence us in a like manner. It may paralyze our faculties and rob us of our senses. Evidently, under these conditions, no voluntary act is possible, since the will does not concur and no consent is given. The subject becomes a mere tool in the hands of another.

Can violence and fear do more than this? Can it not only rob us of the power to will, not only force us to act without consent, but also force

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