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Catholic Principles of Ethics and Morality Catholic Answers Live interview with Msgr William B Smith, professor of moral theology (requires RealPlayer)
Character Counts Catholic Answers Live interview with Michael Josephson, President of the Josephson Institute for Ethics (requires RealPlayer)
Online Books & Files
Fundamental Moral Conscience Attitudes (1950) In this book Dietrich von Hildebrand points out that 'moral values are the highest among all natural values. Positive moral values are the focus of the world; negative moral values, the greatest evil, worse than suffering, sickness or death.'
Morality and Situation Ethics by Dietrich & Alice von Hildebrand (1966)
Adult Moral Decisions This review by Fr William Most sheds much light on faulty theories of moral theology and moral decision-making today.
Almsgiving and Superfluous Goods by Fr William Most
Are We Really Serious When We Ask God to Deliver Us from War? The Catechism and the Challenge of Pope John Paul II by William L Portier
Ask Father: Are Christians sinners or not?
Ask Father: Culpability
Ask Father: Drugs & Alcohol
Ask Father: Excommunication
Ask Father: Forgiveness and Grudges
Ask Father: Fourth Commandment
Ask Father: Freemasonry
Ask Father: Graven Images
Ask Father: Irresistible Temptation
Ask Father: Mental Anguish
Ask Father: Mortal vs. Venial Sin in Scripture and the Fathers
Ask Father: Trust
Bishop Keating Issues Pastoral on Morality and Conscience
Case for Censorship Thomas Storck defends censorship and why it can sometimes be a necessity (from
New Oxford Review, May 1996) Catholics and Organ Donation by Paul A Byrne MD. (from
Homiletic & Pastoral Review, April 1999). Catholics and the Cult of Fun by Mark Shea. The idol called "fun" is stomping out Christian joy. (from
This Rock, March 1997) Christian Conscience by John O'Connell (from
Catholic Faith, July/August 1996) Conscience Fr. William Most explains the concept of conscience, and its relation to Church teaching and moral culpability.
Covenant Morality by Martin Barrack (from
Catholic Faith, July/August 1996) Decalogue: The Ten Commandments Today Explains each of the Commandments
Did Jesus Struggle Just Like You Do?
Do Not Grumble, Brothers A homily by Fr Phil Bloom
Doctor Looks at Medical Ethics by Mary Arnold
Duty of the Moment by Catherine Doherty. How do we serve Christ in our lives? What is the duty of the moment?
Foundation Norms for Christian Ethics Archbishop Francis Stafford (from
Catholic Faith, July/August 1996) Foundational Norms for Christian Ethics by Cardinal J Francis Stafford DD (from
The Catholic Faith, July/August 1996) Gospel Morality by Fr John Hardon SJ (from
Catholic Faith, July/August 1996) Grave Danger of Presumption by Patrick Cunningham (from
Homiletic & Pastoral Review, January 1997) Happiness is not a Matter of Having, but a Matter of Being by Doug McManaman. A timely discussion of moral law and freedom in the light of recent court rulings on assisted suicide and other so-called freedoms.
Hidden Sin of Gluttony A homily by Fr Phil Bloom
How Catholics, under the Influence of Worldliness, Go Astray in Matters of Morality by Fr RJ Meyer SJ (Chapter 10 of
The World In Which We Live, 1908) How Otherwise Good People Cooperate in Enormous Evil Without Awareness (by Fr Hal Stockert)
How to Correct Others A homily by Fr Phil Bloom
Idea of Moral Progress by Fr Richard John Neuhaus. Fr Neuhaus suggests that what we are witnessing today is not moral progress but dramatic moral regression. (from
First Things, August/September 1999) Ignorance - Invincible and Vincible by James Akin. A discussion of ignorance - vincible and invincible - and its relationship to sins against faith. (from
This Rock, July/August 1999). King Lear and the Power of Conscience by Peter A Kwasniewski (from
Catholic Faith, July/August 1999) Living Morally in the Marketplace by Msgr. Thomas Wells. A brief description of some ordinary men and the prayer organization they founded to help them living morally in the marketplace.
Making Good Moral Choices
Medical Science Under Dictatorship by Dr Leo Alexander. Doctors in Nazi Germany.
Medicine and Morals by Dr Herbert Ratner (from
L'Osservatore Romano, 6 July 1978) Moral Law: A Response to Carl Sagan by Fr Phil Bloom
Morality of Cooperation in Evil
Myths of Self-Esteem by Patrick Cunningham. Sin and error are intentionally glossed over. (from
Homiletic & Pastoral Review, March 1998) New Morality - A Problem for Doctors by Fr Brian W Harrison (from
Living Tradition, January 1988) Original Sin by Fr William Most
Original Sin and Temptation A homily by Fr Phil Bloom
Overcoming Envy A homily by Fr Phil Bloom
Personal Sin Has Repercussions on Society Holy Father's General Audience 25 August 1999
Precepts of the Church Explains each of the Church's additional commandments
Precepts of the Church: 5. Support of the Church Knights of Columbus Home Study Course
Private Character and Public Leaders Address by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver to the annual Red Mass for the legal fraternity (28 October 1998)
Problem with Self-Esteem by Paul C. Vitz. Self-esteem is a deeply secular concept, and not one with which Christians should be particularly involved.
Protect Yourself from the Internet's Moral Dangers by Dr Jeffrey Mirus
Quietly Running Taps by Catherine Fournier. The Origin of Sin and the experimental method.
Retrieving Conscience Fr John Conley SJ considers the true definition of conscience. He says that 'most of the definitions tend to fall into emotivist, intuitionist or mystical accounts of conscience.' (from
Faith & Reason, Fall 1994) Right and Wrong 101 by Mark Brumley (from
Catholic Faith, July/August 1996) Running to Do Evil by David C Stolinksy (from
New Oxford Review, June 1999) Self-Love and the Sin of Avarice by Peter A Kwasniewski (from
Catholic Faith, March/April 1998) Sin by Paul McLachlan. What is sin? Mortal sin? Venial sin? Is sin social or personal? This article explains what sin is, with particular reference to Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Exhortation
Reconciliatio et Paenetentia. Sin and its Effects Why does God give commandments? What, eally, are the effects of sin? A response by Fr William Most
Straight Answers: Are Oaths Necessary? by Fr William Saunders
Straight Answers: Love the Sinner, Not the Sin by Fr William Saunders
Straight Answers: Organ Donations (Part 1) by Fr William Saunders
Straight Answers: Organ Donations (Part 2) by Fr William Saunders
Straight Answers: The Sin of Suicide by Fr William Saunders
Straight Answers: Tithing by Fr William Saunders
Suicide: Gravity and Responsibility by Fr William Saunders
Ten Commandments by Michael Hains (suitable for children)
Thomas Aquinas on Homicidal Self-Defence by Thomas A Cavanaugh (from
Catholic Dossier, September/October 1998) To Sin Is To Die: 1. Our Sense of Sin Knights of Columbus Home Study Course
To Sin Is To Die: 2. The Bible and Sin Knights of Columbus Home Study Course
To Sin Is To Die: 3. Kinds of Sin Knights of Columbus Home Study Course
To Sin Is To Die: 4. Cases and Consequences Knights of Columbus Home Study Course
To Sin Is To Die: 5. Overcoming Sin Knights of Columbus Home Study Course
Two Sons - Seven Deadly Sins by Clyde A Bonar. A reflection on the parable of the Prodigal Son. (from
Homiletic & Pastoral Review, January 1998) Unforgivable Sin Is apostasy the unforgivable sin? Find out what is by reading this article by James Akin
Unforgivable Sin? Fr. William Most answers the question, "Is there really a sin that God will not forgive?"
Use of Hypnotism This article by Fr Edwin Healy SJ explains the Church's teaching on hypnotism.
Vice of Sloth (from
Light and Life, the newsletter of the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary) What Ever Happened to Mortal Sin? by Fr William Saunders
What If a Pagan Sins Mortally? A tentative speculation by Fr William Most
What's So Bad About Guilt? by Patrick Cunningham (from
Homiletic & Pastoral Review, August 1997)