In my researches, I learned that human governments can allow evil, so that certain goods are not lost or certain greater evils do not occur.
That makes sense. I don’t know a single human government, for example, that criminalizes lying in all kind of possible situations. Probably for the best, because it would be very chaotic if a government tried to arrest everyone who spoke a lie in any kind of situation.
In Old Testament times, we also see God tolerating things like divorce in the hebrew legislation.
Saint Augustine and Saint Thomas Aquinas are also known for advocating for government toleration on prostitution.
All this, plus the fact that Argentina will try to legalize abortion again, left me with an uncomfortable doubt: a government, like that of Argentina, could morally legalize abortion “so that certain goods are not lost or certain greater evils do not occur”?
I am seeing the government’s moral permission to tolerate evil on certain occasions as a powerful tool for people to advocate for the legalization of all kinds of things that go against God and the Church. I imagine that, at the very least, a government would need the Church’s permission to tolerate the evil of abortion, but I don’t know.
Am I getting all this right? I would appreciate it if you made this whole question clearer to me.