Malta Minute with the Catechism: Should We Always Follow Our Conscience?

  • Program #: 19
  • Description: Are we always obliged to obey our conscience? It depends on what kind of conscience we have. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us we are always obliged to follow a certain conscience, in other words, a good conscience. If we deliberately act against such a conscience, we condemn ourselves. On the other hand, our moral conscience may reside in ignorance and thus we are subject to erroneous judgments about acts in the future or those performed in the past. If one is personally responsible for one's ignorance, one is still culpable of the sin one commits. What are the causes of erroneous judgment? The Catechism lists several: ignorance of Christ and his gospel, bad example of others, enslavement to one's passions, rejection of the Church's authority and her teaching, lack of conversion and charity. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.

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