Moral Obligations

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Moral Obligations
Mon, 11-14-2011 - 9:44am

The Penn State Mess has me wondering about moral obligations. Do we have moral obligations to make sure something gets done about wrongdoings we know about? If you have reported a crime/abuse, do you have an obligation to follow up? Who's morals get to be the guidelines?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
Mon, 11-14-2011 - 11:00am

I beleive we do have a moral obligatin, even if there is no legal obligation (like int eh Penn State situation).

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-02-2003
Wed, 11-16-2011 - 2:48pm
Carol I agree with everything you said in your post. This was not really about morals - there was a blatantly illegal act taking place and an opportunity to stop it without any harm coming to the person who could have stopped it. Why on earth wouldn't you just pull that man off of that poor boy? How on earth could you live with yourself knowing that you allowed that boy to be victimized like that?

There are generally agreed upon societal morals that we should all do our best to uphold. If you have reported the crime/abuse to the proper authorities do you have an obligation to follow-up? I'm not sure. The important thing is that you have reported it to the proper authorities. In the case of criminal behaviour, I don't think a football coach is the proper authority.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-26-2001
Thu, 11-17-2011 - 9:14pm

My children attend Catholic schools and in order to volunteer and be near the kids you have to take VIRTUS training.