(v.): To develop healthily for the fulfillment of one’s nature.
Those things to which
we have a just claim because we need them in order to fulfill the
moral responsibilities of our human nature. For example, the right to freedom of religion allows us to fulfill the duty we owe to God.
(n.): A dangerous philosophy that says moral principles are a matter of individual preference based on personal experience, socioeconomic status, education, and particular culture, rather than based on absolute objective moral truths. Relativism denies the existence of good and evil and harms our ability choose the good.
(n.): An ethical theory that states that the morality of an
act is determined by the amount of material benefit and happiness it brings
to the most people, often understood in terms of pleasure or pain, or lack thereof.
(n.): An habitual and firm disposition to do the good. Moral virtues are acquired through human effort. The infused moral virtues and the theological virtues are gifts from God.