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Janet Smith joins moral theologians' debate on Live Action tactics

February 25, 2011

Janet Smith continues the debate among moral theologians about the morality of Live Action’s tactics, in an analysis posted on the CatholicVote.org web site.

After summarizing the argument of St. Thomas Aquinas, who said that a lie is always morally wrong, Smith questions whether the Thomist arguments can be seen in a different perspective. St. Thomas, she notes, also argued that in time of war, deceptive tactics are morally justifiable. Smith asks whether in political battles, the same sort of argument might apply. She concludes:

Perhaps we can articulate the principle: “We cannot always expect full disclosure from others.” I think especially evildoers should not expect full disclosure and even truth from others.”

 


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