Many Catholics have been catechized, in error, in a Catholic morality and ethics which are governed by circumstances and personal intent. This ‘morality and ethics’ is not as much a product of Catholic Theological Tradition as it is the product of the Catholic Church conforming to the world.
Consequently, not only do we have Catholic Universities, Diocesan Pastoral Programs, and Parish catechetical programs running amok of genuine Catholic Teaching, concerning morality and ethics, we have ordained Princes of Apostles, Cardinals, running amok of the Truth, particularly witnessed in the recent Synod on the Family.
This is why we have Walter Cardinal Kasper playing progressive semantics with such powerful phrases as ‘mercy’ and ‘pastoral care.’ This is why we have Walter Kasper’s numerous supporters speaking of ‘avoiding a greater evil’ by giving in to ‘a lesser evil’ in allowing divorced and civilly remarried Catholics back to the Sacraments–particularly sacramental confession and the Eucharist. This is why we have ordained bishops–successors to the Apostles of Jesus Christ–attempting to make exceptions to God’s Divine Law for ‘circumstances’ which would preclude Catholics from obeying Jesus Christ. This is why we have Catholics cafeteria picking the teaching of Jesus, purposefully obliterating the meaning of the ‘indissolubility of marriage’ for the comfort of ‘divorce on demand’ and civil remarriage.
This is also why we have (literally) millions of baptized Catholics who use contraceptives, vote for Pro-Choice politicians, and succumb to the Political Correctness of gay ‘marriage,’ amnesty for criminal trespassers, and silence in the face of Islamic Fundamentalist terror.
But the Catholic Church has a rebuttal for these cafeteria apostates.
It is the definition of intrinsic evil.
First we must consider the big picture of a moral act:
USCCB Catechism: “Every moral act consists of three elements: the objective act (what we do), the subjective goal or intention (why we do the act), and the concrete situation or circumstances in which we perform the act…. All three aspects must be good — the objective act, the subjective intention, and the circumstances — in order to have a morally good act.” (United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, July 2006, p. 311-312.)
Now, the progressive element of the (cafeteria) Catholic Church seems to hone in on the goal and the intent while excluding the ‘goodness’ of the act in, and of, itself.
But this is not the fullness of Catholic Truth. Here’s why:
‘It is therefore an error to judge the morality of human acts by considering only the intention that inspires them or the circumstances (environment, social pressure, duress or emergency, etc.) which supply their context. There are acts which, in and of themselves, independently of circumstances and intentions, are always gravely illicit by reason of their object; such as blasphemy and perjury, murder and adultery. One may not do evil so that good may result from it.’ Catechism of the Catholic Church–1756
Kasper and his minions, moreover, want to divide ‘discipline’ from ‘doctrine,’ or Truth from practice. They point, in knee-jerk progressive emotionalism, toward the desire of the divorced and remarried Catholic, who wishes to return to the Sacraments. But they forget to point, conveniently, to the simultaneous desire of these individuals to remain in illicit relationships.
True Catholic morality brings together the desire for the Sacraments, with the willingness to strive forward, against all temptation, in the Will of God.
In other words, to rely on the grace of the Crucified and Risen Christ, truly Present in the Eucharist, truly wed to His Bride the Church. Truly desirous of faithfulness to the indissolubility of marriage.