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St. Thomas Aquinas
Catechetical Instructions

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  • EXPLANATION OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
    • THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT
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THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT
 
1. What does this precept forbid, and what positive virtue does it command?
 
2. What does St. Thomas say about killing of animals?
 
3. How do you justify the killing of criminals, killing in a just war, 
killing by accident?
 
4. "But to repel force by force against an unjust aggressor, while careful 
to preserve due moderation in a blameless self-defense is permitted by 
every law and right" (Gasparri's Catechism, chap. iv, sect. ii, art. 2). 
Discuss this principle.
 
5. Why is suicide prohibited?
 
6. What is the relation between killing and anger? (See footnote 27.)
 
7. What are some ways of avoiding anger?
 
8. What is the difference between righteous anger and anger that is sinful?
 
9. Discuss St. Thomas' reasons why we should not get angry easily.
 



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