Word from the Pastor
Conscience Continued from the
Catechism of the Catholic Church
1791 – This ignorance can often be imputed to personal responsibility. This is the case when a man 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.
1792 – Ignorance of Christ and His Gospel, bad example given by others, enslavement to one’s passions, assertion of a mistaken notion of autonomy of conscience, rejection of the Church’s authority and her teaching, lack of conversion and of charity: these can be at the source of errors of judgment in moral conduct.
1793 – On the contrary – the ignorance is invincible, or the moral subject is not responsible for his erroneous judgment, the evil committed by the person cannot be imputed to him. It remains less an evil, a privation, a disorder. One must therefore work to correct the errors of moral conscience.
1794 – A good and pure conscience is enlightened by true faith, for charity proceeds at the same time from a pure heart and good conscience and sincere faith. The more a correct conscience prevails, the more do persons and groups turn aside from blind choice and try to be guided by objective standards of moral conduct. Summation
1795 – Conscience is man’s most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths.
1796 – Conscience is a judgment of reason by which the human person recognizes the moral quality of a concrete act.
1797 – For the man who has committed evil, the verdict of his conscience remains a pledge of conversion and of hope.
1798 – A well-formed conscience is upright and truthful. It formulates it judgments according to reason, in conformity with the true good willed by the wisdom of the Creator. Everyone must avail himself of the means to form his own conscience.
1799 – Faced with a moral choice, conscience can make either a right judgment in accordance with reason or the divine law or, on the contrary, an erroneous judgment that departs from them.
1800 – A human being must always obey the certain judgment of his conscience.
1801 – Conscience can remain in ignorance or make erroneous judgments. Such ignorance and errors are not always free of guilt.
1802 – The Word of God is a light for our path. We must assimilate it in faith and prayer and put it into practice. This is how a moral conscience is formed.
The betterment of our social condition, family life, employment satisfaction, and greater hope in salvation is bound in the forming of a good conscience.
Remember well that a good conscience does not attempt to do good through an evil act nor does it seek a consequence in which the greater good of God’s wisdom and love is absent.