We'll receive a $25,000 grant if others match it by Pentecost. $23,258 to go. Your gift will be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Dictionary

A modern dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases.

Search:

Or browse the dictionary by selecting a letter!
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

COMPENSATIONISM

A theory in moral theology for resolving practical doubts. Also called the principle of sufficient reason. It holds that when a person doubts the lawfulness of an act he or she must have sufficiently grave reason to decide in favor of the opinion that is contrary to the law. The graver the law the more probable the reasons favoring it, the greater also must be the reasons for exposing oneself to the risk of breaking the law. (Etym. Latin compensatio, a balancing, exchange.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

Matching Campaign
Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

To-do list for faithful Catholics 9 hours ago
Not Fully Human: Anthony Esolen’s compelling verdict on contemporary personal formation 9 hours ago
A silent scandal: Catholic schools promoting morally unacceptable vaccines April 24
A More Militant Church? April 24
How we'll know if the Vatican and the US hierarchy are serious about deposing negligent bishops April 24

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope challenges world leaders' silence on persecution of Christians CWN - April 6
Pope outlines plans for the extraordinary jubilee of mercy CWN - April 13
Vatican completes doctrinal assessment of Leadership Conference of Women Religious CWN - April 16
Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Finn CWN - April 21