Critical need by 8/31:   $10,000 to cover a crippling immediate shortfall.   $6,220 to go.   Please help now!
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

HEREDITY, LAW OF

The theory that not only a person's physical characteristics but also his intellectual and moral qualities are derived from his ancestors. As such, the theory in incompatible with the Christian belief in the operations of divine grace and the role of human freedom in shaping one's personality. This does not deny that certain physical predispositions that may affect one's spiritual life can be transmitted from parents to offspring. But, besides grace and free will, a person's environment and education are also contributory factors in the making of his character.

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

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

Recent Catholic Commentary

Every Aspect of the Catholic Thing 7 hours ago
News Posturing: How the dramatis personae use each other 8 hours ago
The intractable practical problems with the Kasper proposal 10 hours ago
No, the Pope did not endorse a gay-friendly children's book 13 hours ago
Legal pressure does not make sterilization moral August 27

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: welcome with compassion those who have remarried outside the Church CWN - August 5