We'll receive a $25,000 grant if others match it by Pentecost. $23,735 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

PASSIONATE ANGER

A strong emotional displeasure. Even passionate anger is not necessarily sinful, provided the reaction is directed only against the guilty party and its vehemence is in proportion to the object and circumstances. Moreover, to be licit, passionate anger must not blind a person's reason or place one in danger of overstepping prudent limits of inflicting punishment. Moreover, as long as passionate anger is independent of one's will, i.e., not deliberately induced, it is not of itself sinful. There is an obligation, however, to repress a strong impulse to anger either when the passion is aroused beyond what the provocation deserves or when the emotions are so impetuous that one "loses one's temper." To consent to an immoderate outburst of anger that vents itself in the irascible words or actions is normally a venial sin. It becomes serious when what is said or done is very offensive or harmful. It is also a grave sin when the anger takes the form of conscious revenge.

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

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
Final take on the LCWR: A time to plant, a time to uproot April 24
With the LCWR, has the Vatican taken Gamaliel's advice? 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