December 8, 2008 § 23 Comments
In a comment thread on another blog the question was asked:
[C]an a homosexual relationship be a good thing if you don’t know it’s wrong?
The answer, of course, is that no, it cannot. The notion here is one we’ve seen time and time again: take a cup of grave evil, add in a tablespoon of ignorance, and presto! Evil is now good!
But as the Magisterium tells us:
It is never acceptable to confuse a “subjective” error about moral good with the “objective” truth rationally proposed to man in virtue of his end, or to make the moral value of an act performed with a true and correct conscience equivalent to the moral value of an act performed by following the judgment of an erroneous conscience. It is possible that the evil done as the result of invincible ignorance or a non-culpable error of judgment may not be imputable to the agent; but even in this case it does not cease to be an evil, a disorder in relation to the truth about the good.
Deontological alchemy doesn’t work. We can’t turn our favored evils into goods by adding enough of the ingredient ‘ignorance’.