[quote="Rich_Olszewski, post:4, topic:197803"]
Do you really think that the Church thinks that a 6 month old child knows the difference between a bad person and an EVIL one? I'd love to see where the Church presumes that infants have that degree of discernment - can you cite a section of the Catechism?
Don't forget that there is a concept called the "age of reason." If infants had the discernment that older chldren had, they would be culpable for anything bad that they did. It takes training to teach a chld the difference between taking someone else's candy and stealing it.
I stand by my statement. An infant cannot discern EVIL.
1776 "Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment. . . . ** For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God. . . .** His conscience is man's most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths."47
**1954 **Man participates in the wisdom and goodness of the Creator who gives him mastery over his acts and the ability to govern himself with a view to the true and the good. The natural law expresses the original moral sense which enables man to discern by reason the good and the evil, the truth and the lie: **The natural law is written and engraved in the soul of each and every man, **because it is human reason ordaining him to do good and forbidding him to sin . . . But this command of human reason would not have the force of law if it were not the voice and interpreter of a higher reason to which our spirit and our freedom must be submitted.
The knowledge of good and evil is innate. The age of reason comes when a child can use his faculties to make the choice.