Index-Linked Morality from the 1960s

January 10, 2008 at 12:19 am 1 comment

The following questions and answers are abbreviated from advice published in The Irish Ecclesiastical Record:

Question 1: To get a job in a Protestant factory, may a Catholic claim to have gone to a non-Catholic school?

Question 2: May a priest urge boycotting non-Catholic traders?

Question 3: How much do you have to steal to make the matter a grave sin (that is, a mortal sin rather than a venial sin)?

And here are the official answers: >>>

Answer 1: If the school took only non-Catholic pupils, this amounts to an implicit denial of the True Faith, and is gravely wrong. However, as the interview board in the Protestant factory is bigoted, you are allowed to deceive it with an evasive answer that conceals your faith.

Answer 2: Yes, assuming the boycott is for a morally good purpose. Catholics who combine in this way do not infringe any right of non-Catholic merchants.

Answer 3: The question is complicated by the rising cost of living: in 1877 £1 was regarded as grave; by 1914 that standard had risen to £2, which would lead to the conclusion that for a working man, the absolute level now (the 1960s) is probably about £8 or £9, or one week’s wages.

Entry filed under: Culture, Ireland, Religion.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Courtenay Griffith  |  December 1, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Well This Isnt Much Good Is It When Your Tryiong To Find Info About Ireland In The 1960’s!!


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