Answering in good conscience


The Church teaching on conscience gives no consolation to the uninitiated, thinking they can simply do their own thing. But neither does it accord religious authorities the liberty of insisting upon wooden compliance with their instruction or view of the world. It is too simplistic to resolve the tension between conscience, authority and truth to urge: "When in doubt, follow the bishops." The bishops may be right; they often are. But then again, they may be wrong, as the Vatican authorities have been in dealing with the AIDS pandemic - Fr Frank Brennan

Answering in good conscience