27 Ninjas and the Catholic Moral Tradition
January 10, 2009 § 5 Comments
Although the [Catholic moral tradition] did witness the development of a casuistry which tried to assess the best ways to achieve the good in certain concrete situations, it is nonetheless true that this casuistry concerned only cases in which the law was uncertain, and thus the absolute validity of negative moral precepts, which oblige without exception, was not called into question. – Pope John Paul II, Veritatis Splendour
Combox warriors are often inventing “27 ninjas” scenarios as a means of polemically undermining moral clarity on such fundamentals as the absolute prohibition against killing the innocent.
Such theories however are not faithful to the Church’s teaching, when they believe they can justify, as morally good, deliberate choices of kinds of behaviour contrary to the commandments of the divine and natural law. – Ibid.