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COMPROMISE MORALITY
Moral choice is one of the most difficult thing in a conflict situation keeping in mind the ethical aspect of being right and also with theological responsibility for being a committed Christian. Often the message is altered and diluted to justify an action where the conscience is kept closed to keep oneself ease at compromising situations. The author here explains about different sins and sinful nature of man because of which the difficulty of choice and compromising with the situation take place. Practical application based on the moral values and ethical judgment will lead to a better choice and understanding the situation in a manner that will be fair and just in the Christian way to keep the evil away.

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COMPROMISE MORALITY
Moral choice is one of the most difficult thing in a conflict situation keeping in mind the ethical aspect of being right and also with theological responsibility for being a committed Christian. Often the message is altered and diluted to justify an action where the conscience is kept closed to keep oneself ease at compromising situations. The author here explains about different sins and sinful nature of man because of which the difficulty of choice and compromising with the situation take place. Practical application based on the moral values and ethical judgment will lead to a better choice and understanding the situation in a manner that will be fair and just in the Christian way to keep the evil away.

Podimattam is one of the best-known moral theologians in India and outside. Besides his full time job as a professor, he finds time to write books at an amazing rate. He has authored 90 books. Besides his Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Mysore, he holds a Licentiate in Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, and subsequently a Doctorate in Moral Theology from the Alphosian Academy, Rome, His post-doctoral studies were pursued in Washington, DC, U.S.A. At Present he is professor of moral theology at St. Francis Theological College, Kottayam, Kerala.

CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION 9
CHAPTER ONE
NATURE OF COMPROMISE MORALITY 14
1. Concept of the Borderline Situation 14
2. Analysis of the Borderline Situation 17
3. A Theological Interpretation of the Borderline Situation.. 28
4. Notion of Compromise Morality 42
CHAPTER TWO.
FOUNDATIONS OF COMPROMISE MORALITY 45
1. Our Part in Virtuous Action is Secondary 45
2. The Actuality of Original Sin 5 1
3. The Reality of Social Sin 56
3.1. Concept of Social Sin > 61
3.2. Instances of Social Sin 74
3.3. Our Responsibility in Social Sin 79
4. God and Compromise 99
4.1. God’s “Compromises” with the World 99
4.2. God’s Law as “Compromise” 100
4.3. The Gospel as “Compromise” 106
5- Conflict Situation as Typical of Man’s Existence 110
CHAPTER THREE
DYNAMICS OF COMPROMISE MORALITY 118
1. Ethical Interpretation of the Conflict Situation 118
5. Moral Good as Self-Realization through Self- Construction 118
6. Moral Evil as Self-Non-Realization through Self- Destruction 128
7. Self-Destruction as Destruction through Non-Love by Way of Violation of Rights 129
8. Nullification of Rights in Conflict Situations 137
1.4.1. The Fact of Nullification of Rights 137
1.4.2. Nullification of Rights and Proportionate Reason 138
1.4.2.1. Preponderant Right and Proportionate Reason 138
1.4.2.2. A Close Look at the Nature of
Proportionate Reason 138
1.4.2.3. Assessment of Proportionate Reasonl50
1.4.2.4. Verification of Proportionate Reason in Certain Non-Traditional Cases 156
1.4.3. The Principle of Nullifying Right 158
1.4.3.1. Distinction between the Human Act…
and the Moral Act 158
1.4.3.2. Notion of Moral Value 159
1.4.3.3. Notion of the Support of Moral Value ..161
1.4.3.4. No Human Act is a Specific
Moral Act 163
1.4.3.5. Relativity of the Human Act 164
1.4.3.6. Distinction between Absolutely Evil…. Acts and Relatively Evil Acts 165
1.4.3.7. Absoluteness of Absolutely
Evil Acts 167
1.4.3.8. Relativity of Relatively Evil Acts 168
1.4.3.9. Practical Application to Conflict
Situations 169
1.4.3.10. The Basic Analytic Structure in
Conflict Situations is the Lesser Evil. 172
2. Ethical Decision in Concrete Conflict Situations 178
CHAPTER FOUR
PASTORAL ASPECTS OF COMPROMISE MORALITY189
9. Dangers of Compromise Morality 189
10. Limits of Compromise Morality 225
11. A Re-interpretation of the Principle: “The End Cannot
Justify the Means” 229
12. Duty of the Church to Reduce Conflict Situations ..235
Conflict Morality and Pastoral Counseling 238
CONCLUSION 241
APPENDIX 242
1. The Problem of Unwanted Effects 244
2. Different Shades of Meaning of Proportionate Reason…. 248
3. God’s Compromise is Condescension 251
BIBLIOGRAPHY 256
INDEX 264
ENDNOTES 268

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