WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Responding to a recent statement by Catholic Democrats in the House of Representatives affirming "the primacy of conscience" in their voting decisions, three key leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said conscience "must be consistent with fundamental moral principles," including the church's opposition to abortion.
"As members of the church, all Catholics are obliged to shape our consciences in accord with the moral teaching of the church," said a "Statement on Responsibilities of Catholics in Public Life," which called abortion "a grave violation of the most fundamental human right -- the right to life....
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In what should be a 'no-brainer' for Catholics in the USA, the Church has had to remind some that the catechism's teaching on conscience is not an excuse for sin. There are absolute standards of right and wrong, which the Church does still teach, and always will teach -- forever! For years this nonsense has been going on. Many Catholic Americans have been falling back on the Church's teaching about conscience as a "way out" of following the Church's teachings on everything else. It's used as a means of excusing inexcusable behavior of all sorts. All across America, young Catholic men and women are "living together" outside of marriage. Their rationalization is "conscience," in which they excuse this sinful practice as "acceptable in God's eyes" because of their particular circumstance. So many more Catholic married couples use it as an excuse for using artificial birth-control, while they live childless for the sake of material wealth and convenience. Even so many more Catholics use it as an excuse for voting for political candidates who support abortion-on-demand. Peculiar how vigorously they cling to one Church teaching (conscience) while they simultaneously ignore every other Church teaching on morality that's connected to it. So once again, the 'late great Catholic Church in America' reminds her children (and those politicians who represent them) that her moral teachings are not for sale. The moral standards of the Church are absolute, and only when these absolutes are followed, can the Church teaching on conscience be fully understood and implemented properly.
Your thoughts? Can Church teaching on conscience be used to effectively override Church teaching on some other moral issue?