Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith

“Your conscience is your way to God.”

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Passionist Father John Baptist Pesce of West Hartford, CT

In support of his point that the Church requires us to be guided by our conscience, Father John quotes former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger:

“Over the pope as the expression of the binding claim of ecclesiastical authority there still stands one’s own conscience, which must be obeyed before all else, if necessary evern against the requirement of ecclesiastical authority. This emphasis on the individual, whose conscience confronts him with a supreme and ultimate tribunal, and one which in the last resort is beyond the claim of external social groups, even of the official Church, also establishes a principle in opposition to increaing totalitarianism. Genuine ecclesiastical obedience is distinguished from any totalitarian claim which cannot accept any ultimate obligation of this kind beyond the reach of its dominating will.”

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