- Feb 03 2022
- 5:30 pm
The Difficulty of Moral Virtues
February 3rd, 2022
Presenter: Fr. Wojciech Giertych (Theologian to the Papal Household)
The problem: those who have received the infused habitus of the moral virtue often cannot easily elicit the appropriate acts. Why?
Two regards from the early XX century: Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange, OP claimed that the reason is capable of directly grasping the moral truth; whereas the Polish historian Feliks Koneczny noted very different immediate perceptions of what is morally appropriate and on this basis he individuated distinct civilizations.
According to St. Thomas Aquinas, moral action requires not only theoretical knowledge about the good, but also an immediate grasping of the truth of the matter by the practical reason supported by a well-ordered affectivity. This, however, is sometimes disordered, due to an ingrained inclination in the vis cogitativa, the sensitive usefulness judgment. As a result, some people have a connatural inclination towards that which is unnatural. Can this be healed? This is not easy, but some suggestions can be offered. Historical experience shows that changes in ethos did sometimes come about in particular when new social pressure began interpreting some previously accepted acts as dishonourable.