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Conscience

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 Contents - Jul 2011AD2000 July 2011 - Buy a copy now
Homily: Benedict XVI: Sts Peter and Paul and the role of bishops - Pope Benedict XVI
News: The Church Around the World
Events: G.K. Chesterton conference for Sydney - September 2011 - Karl Schmude
Universae Ecclesiae: Vatican document strengthens use of the traditional Latin liturgy - Fr Glen Tattersall
Steubenville: How a university's Catholic identity was recovered - AD2000 Report
Pro-Life: Hungary's new pro-life 'Easter' Constitution - Babette Francis
Poetry: A Prayer for Mothers - Cardinal Mindszenty
Whatever happened to the virtue of obedience? - Bishop Julian Porteous
Hugh O'Flaherty: The priest who converted his former Nazi enemy - Stephen Walker
Lübeck martyrs of the Nazis beatified on 25 June - Frank Mobbs
What attracts converts to the Catholic Church? - Fr F.E. Burns
Letters: Disunity - Kara Ward
Letters: Bishop or Pope? - Eric Rickards
Letters: Lack of vocations - Susanna Vale
Letters: Letter to Toowoomba Chronicle - Zelda Richardson
Letters: 'Temple Police' - Patricia Byrnes
Letters: Conscience - John Mulholland
Letters: 'Homophobia' - Arnold Jago
Letters: St Peter's wife - Francis Vrijmoed
Books: A TOUR OF THE CATECHISM - Volume One: The Creed, by John Flader - John Young (reviewer)
Books: STORIES OF KAROL: the Unknown Life of John Paul II, by G.F. Svidercoschi - Br Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
Books: A MEMORY FOR WONDERS: a true story, by Mother Veronica Namoyo Le Goulard PCC - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: Order books from www.freedompublishing.com.au
Reflection: Christ's priestly promise: 'I am with you always' - Fr John O'Neill

The letter from Thomas and Patricia Watkin (April AD2000) referred to an earlier letter (February AD2000) from Joe Lopez as containing a paradox regarding conscience.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states (1782), quoting from Cardinal John Henry Newman: "Man has the right to act in conscience and freedom so as personally to make moral decisions. 'He must not be forced to act contrary to his conscience. Nor must he be prevented from acting according to his conscience, especially in religious matters'."

The Catechism also deals with the formation of conscience (1783-1785): "Conscience must be informed and moral judgement enlightened" (1783); and "In the formation of conscience the Word of God is the light for our path; we must assimilate it in faith and prayer and put it into practice. We must also examine our conscience before the Lord's Cross. We are assisted by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, aided by the witness or advice of others and guided by the authoritative teaching of the Church" (1785).

So everyone has a right, recognised by the Church, to inform others as to the teaching of the Church. In this regard, I, like Joe Lopez, was delighted at the leadership given by the Victorian bishops during the State elections and even more delighted when the priest spoke from the altar area against voting for the Greens.

JOHN MULHOLLAND
Bonnells Bay, NSW

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 24 No 6 (July 2011), p. 16

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