Friday, January 25, 2013

Martin's Conscience And Obedience

One can say that in a perfect world justice and fidelity would always be one, but we see in some cases they are not: the person's conscience does not allow him (or her) to live out the vow of obedience and so he speaks out; or the person's vow of obedience does not allow him to speak out so he remains silent.  Remember that an informed conscience is the ultimate arbiter in the moral life, and one should never violate one's conscience, where, as the Second Vatican Council taught, we hear the echo of God's voice. 
Link (here) to the full article by the New York Province Jesuit, Fr. James Martin at America 
St. Ignatius of Loyola the founder of the Society of Jesus on conscience and obedience (here)


Maria said...

Uh, huh. The "conscience card". Always in play when seeking to have to overthrow the Church.

Saturday 26 January 2013
Feast of Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops

Noon reading (Sext) 1 Kings 2:2-3

"Be strong and show yourself a man. Observe the injunctions of the Lord your God, following his ways and keeping his laws, his commandments, his customs and his decrees, so that you may be successful in all you do and undertake."

Anonymous said...

Would Fr. Martin similarly counsel a husband who felt he could no longer remain faithful to his marriage vows?

Anonymous said...

"The "conscience card". Always in play when seeking to have to overthrow the Church."

Practicing one's faith is not "playing a card." Sorry we're not all stormtroppers.