Good Will Shunting
February 2, 2010 § 8 Comments
We want to believe — I want to believe — that it is possible for men of good will to disagree over whether a given act is intrinsically immoral. But unfortunately — frighteningly, even — it seems that at least strictly speaking, this is not possible.
“The negative precepts of the natural law are universally valid. They oblige each and every individual, always and in every circumstance. It is a matter of prohibitions which forbid a given action semper et pro semper, without exception, because the choice of this kind of behaviour is in no case compatible with the goodness of the will of the acting person, with his vocation to life with God and to communion with his neighbour.” – Veritatis Splendour (emphasis mine)
It seems that intrinsically immoral acts are the kinds of behavior or conduct which it is literally impossible to choose with a good will. So in the strictest sense, one cannot — literally cannot, meaning it is impossible — assent to an intrinsically immoral act with a good will.