Pope John Paul II on Conscience and Moral Law “Everyone must act in accordance with conscience. But conscience is neither absolutely independent nor infallible in its judgements; if it were, conscience would be reduced to the mere assertion of personal will. Thus it is precisely a defense of the dignity of conscience and of the human person to teach that consciences must be formed, so that they can discern what actually does or does not correspond to the ‘eternal, objective and universal divine law’ which human intelligence is capable of discovering in the order of being (cf. Dignitatis humanae, n. 3; Veritatis splendor, n. 60). Because of the nature of conscience, the admonition always to follow it must immediately be followed by the question of whether what our conscience is telling us is true or not. If we fail to make this necessary clarification, conscience – instead of being that holy place where God reveals to us our true good – becomes a force which is destructive of our true humanity and of all our relationships (cf. General Audience, 17 August 1983, n. 3).  “As bishops you have to teach that freedom of conscience is never freedom from the truth but always and only freedom in the truth…. When the Church teaches, for example, that abortion, sterilization or euthanasia are always morally inadmissible, she is giving expression to the universal moral law inscribed on the human heart, and is therefore teaching something which is binding on everyone’s conscience.  Her absolute prohibition that such procedures be carried out in Catholic health-care facilities is simply an act of fidelity to God’s law.”  (From: “Consciences must be formed to discern the objective moral law,” Pope John Paul II ad limina address, 6/27/98   File from Nov. 14 American Life League Communique via Pro-Life E-News   Freudian Psychoanalysis Rejected Even by Freud’s Own Granddaughter

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