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    Oct 15, 2021 · The question of divine justice—theodicy—poses the greatest challenge for religious people. ... we have an example of God’s actions as mysterious. ... That is because stories give us what law ...

    • Paul Socken
    • The Modern Misunderstanding of Conscience
    • Result: Skewed Beliefs
    • Personal Judgement vs. Objective Standards
    • Catholics and Church Teaching
    • The Formation of The Conscience
    • Conscience and Vatican II
    • Conclusion
    • Endnotes

    A fundamental misunderstanding of the role of the human conscience lies at the root of many of the problems in the Catholic Church today. Very few Catholics even know what that role actually is. When pressed, many will say, “If my conscience tells me that a particular action is all right, I can do it.” This is just one way of saying “If it feels good, do it.” Many Catholics believe that the conscience is a teacher, not a pupil; that it is the source of morality. This is not the teaching of the Catholic Church. According to the teachings of the Catholic Church, the conscience is a witnessto the moral law authored by God. Each Catholic is required to obey that moral law in all things. The conscience, if properly formed, calls him to obey that moral law and helps him to understand how to apply it in particular cases.

    The belief that the conscience is a moral authority in its own right has resulted in Catholics supporting and promoting many intrinsic evils, including contraception, sterilization, abortion, homosexual activity, pornography and euthanasia. Many organizations vigorously promote this false understanding of the human conscience in order to gain more support from Catholic laity. One of these groups is “Catholics” for [a Free] Choice (CFFC), whose mission consists of attempting to convince people that they can be pro-abortion and still be “good Catholics.” In its quarterly magazine, ironically entitled Conscience, CFFC puts forward the strange contradiction that “Church law affirms both the right and the responsibility of a Catholic to follow his or her conscience, even when it conflicts with church teaching.“1[emphasis added] In another publication, CFFC alleges: “The Catholic Church officially teaches that the conscience of an individual is supreme. If you carefully examine your consc...

    In order for a person’s conscience to be conditioned to accept evil, it must first decisively turn away from God’s teachings and decide that it can determine for itselfwhat is right and wrong, ignoring all external and objective standards if necessary in order to reach the desired conclusion. This means that dissenters must justify their claims by assuming that there is no fixed morality that is binding on all persons. The only source of morality is the conscience of each individual. However, the intrinsic flaw with that understanding is the fact that every human being is naturally attuned to their own subjective view of the world. This subjective view exists in order to promote the highest good of the individual. However, if that view is not held to an objective standard, it is easy for the individual to consider not what is morally good (i.e., virtuous) but rather what is personally good (i.e., convenient). This type of thinking leads many to justify actions that no moral law woul...

    It is one thing for a person to say “I disagree with the Church’s teaching on abortion.” It is another thing entirely to say “The Church teaches that abortion is permissible, so long as my conscience allows it.” This statement is false, and can only be said by one who is grossly ignorant of Church teachingor who deliberately lies about such teaching. Ignorance is certainly no excuse for committing sin, because every Catholic has the duty to know what is evil and what is not, and, further, they should know whycertain activities are evil. A person is culpable for the evil he commits when he “takes little trouble to find out what is true and good, or when conscience is by degrees almost blinded through the habit of committing sin.”4

    The conscience is a precious gift, and must be cared for by forming it with prayer and education. The Catechismstates, “The education of conscience is indispensable for human beings who are subjected to negative influences and tempted by sin to prefer their own judgment and to reject authoritative teachings” [¶1783]. A dead giveaway that a person’s conscience is improperly formed is when he or she says something like “I respect the teachings of the Church, but I follow my own conscience in matters of sexual morality.” Nancy Pelosi gave us a classic example when she said that she was a “practicing and respectful Catholic,” but, regarding the Church’s teachings on abortion, “My faith isn’t about what their position is.”5 This means that the person’s conscience has become disconnected from the truth. This has several root causes: 1. “Ignorance of Christ and His Gospel, 2. Bad example given by others, 3. Enslavement to one’s passions, 4. Assertion of a mistaken notion of autonomy of con...

    Some appeal to an ill‑defined “Spirit of Vatican II” to support their concept of the human conscience. They use vague terms such as “renewal,” “reinvigoration” and “rejuvenation” of the Church, while misrepresenting what the documents of the Council actually say. They often quote the Vatican II document Dignitatis Humanae (“Declaration on Religious Freedom”) in support of their contention that people should be able to do anything their consciences do not object to.6 However, this is not what the Fathers of Vatican II taught. Rather, they laid out very clearly the multiple dangers inherent in this line of thinking. In Gaudium et Spes, they wrote: “Conscience frequently errs from invincible ignorance without losing its dignity. The same cannot be said for a man who cares but little for truth and goodness, or for a conscience which by degrees grows practically sightless as a result of habitual sin.” [¶16‑17]. Furthermore, the document notes that “not a few can be found who seem incline...

    Dissenters possess a fatally flawed concept of conscience, denying the need for formation in the truth, and treating mere desire as an absolute. Conscience is indeed a decision-maker, but it must be freely submitted to the law of God, to which it is a witness, not an arbiter. The dissenter’s error lies not in affirming the freedom of conscience to decide, but in misinterpreting the natureof such freedom. Freedom of conscience must be at the service of moral truth, but can never be its determinant.

    Steve Askin. “Challenging the Right.” Conscience, Spring 1994, pages 65 and 66; “Abortion and Catholic Thought: The Little‑Known History.” Conscience, Autumn 1996, pages 2 to 5. “Catholics” for [a Free] Choice. “You Are Not Alone: Information for Catholic Women about the Abortion Decision” [Washington, D.C.: CFFC], 2000 reprint. Patrick B. Craine. “Toronto Catholic Teacher: Joining Gay Club is ‘Embodiment of a Perfectly-Formed Catholic Conscience’.” LifeSite Daily News, May 27, 2013. Catechism of the Catholic Church, ¶1791; Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes[“On the Church in the Modern World”], ¶16. John Jalsevac. “Pelosi Laughs Off Priest’s Letter Challenging Abortion Views, Says He Was ‘Acting Hysterically.’” LifeSite Daily News, June 25, 2013. As one example, Frances Kissling says “In its approach to the [abortion] issue, the organization [CFFC] relied on the Declaration on Religious Freedom, the Second Vatican Council’s endorsement of the separation of church and state, pluralism, and...

  2. Oct 17, 2021 · Summary Against Modern Thought: Errors About The Incarnation VII. Previous post. Week 7 refuting arguments claiming Jesus was not the Word Incarnated. This, dear readers, is not as easy week. Take it in parts. 1 From the things set down, therefore, it appears that Christ was not without divine nature, as Ebion, Cerinthus, and Photinus said; nor ...

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