Examples of Intrinsic Evil

Based on Church teachings, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Encyclicals of the Pope, and issue papers from the Office of the Doctrine of the Faith, the following concern actions that are intrinsically evil and must never be promoted by the law.  This is not an exclusive list, but here for example only:

  1. Abortion
  2. Adultery
  3. Arbitrary Imprisonment
  4. Bodily Mutilation
  5. Calumny
  6. Embryonic Stem Cell Research
  7. Euthanasia
  8. Homosexual “Marriage”
  9. Human Cloning
  10. Injustice to Foreigners
  11. Injustice to Orphans and Widows
  12. Injustice Against the Wage-Earner
  13. Lying
  14. Masturbation
  15. Mental Torture
  16. Murder
  17. Pedophilia Acts
  18. Physical Torture
  19. Polygamy
  20. Pornography Production
  21. Pornography Use
  22. Prostitution
  23. Racism
  24. Rape
  25. Sex with Animals
  26. Sexual Abuse
  27. Slavery
  28. Sodomy
  29. Usury
  30. Using Artificial Contraception
  31. War of Aggression

Reference Resources:
CCC = Catechism of the Catholic Church
CPL = Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, Doctrinal Notes on Some Questions Regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life
CRF = Pontifical Council for the Family, Charter of the Rights of the Family
EV = John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, (the Gospe1 of Life)
RHL = Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Instruction on Respect for Human Life in Its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation
UHP = Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions between Homosexual Persons
WRHC = Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion, General Principles
Catholic Answers Action – www.caaction.com
Catholic Online – www.catholic.org



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