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Newman’s conscience insights timely today, says Sydney archbishop

Newman’s conscience insights timely today, says Sydney archbishop

| Simon Caldwell | October 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

St. John Henry Newman’s insights into the function and meaning of conscience “could not be more timely” given widespread moral confusion in the Western world, said Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher.

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Conscience and character

Conscience and character

| Kate Soucheray | August 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

The concepts of conscience and character are not only little understood in our current culture, but when we hear these words, they often elicit a pause from us. If we have a sense we have not attained the ideal behavior or expectation of a Catholic Christian, we may be more inclined to shame ourselves than to develop a desire of becoming a more devout person. However, shame is a human aspect that alerts us we have acted against our value system. But many people in our current culture lack a solid understanding of what that is. Therefore, a well-developed conscience evolves from a clear, well-articulated value system.

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Do I always have to obey my conscience?

Do I always have to obey my conscience?

| Father Michael Schmitz | April 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q. I have heard that people are obliged to follow their consciences, even if it goes against the Bible or the Church’s teaching. Is this true?

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Sex, Truth and the Illumination of our Guilt

Sex, Truth and the Illumination of our Guilt

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | November 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Guilt has gotten a lot of bad press recently. We live in an age where guilt is practically always something bad, something to get past with the help of a shrink. Particularly when discussing sex, people will declare that religion and morality do nothing more than make people feel guilty. Andrew Aaron, a sex and marriage therapist in New Bedford, Massachusetts seems to subscribe to this view: “Through centuries,” he writes, “religious education has associated sex with what is wrong and sinful rather than what is sacred. Instead of an expression of the divine, sex is suspiciously regarded as weakness of the flesh. The result of this influence is that sexuality, a natural part of being human, is tainted with shame, guilt, and ambivalence.”

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People should be free to act according to  their religious beliefs beyond church doors

People should be free to act according to their religious beliefs beyond church doors

| February 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Obama administration’s recent amendments to a federal mandate that health insurance plans include contraception and sterilization free of charge have elicited a wide array of reactions from elected officials and concerned citizens, including the U.S. bishops, who feel the changes don’t go far enough to protect the conscience rights of employers and individuals.

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Minnesota bishops urge Obama administration to protect conscience rights in health care

Minnesota bishops urge Obama administration to protect conscience rights in health care

| September 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

The bishops also sent letters to the Minnesota congressional delegation asking them to sponsor the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act.

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