What is an informed conscience?

In the most recent episode of Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly, a priest points out that people used to change themselves to come in line with church teachings; now they want the church to change for them.

It’s a good point if religion is to have any real meaning.

The show then brought up a term I hadn’t  heard before: informed conscience.

“Informed conscience is something Catholics are increasingly citing as support for disregarding official teaching. It means, in essence, that one has studied church teaching, reflected on it, and concluded that the teaching can in good conscience be rejected,” says show correspondent, Judy Valente.

One more interesting note, although more than have of American Catholics are unhappy with some of the church’s decisions these days, it hasn’t affected attendance or tithings, according to the show.

Link to story: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/may-7-2010/the-priest-and-the-people/6240/

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About genemyers

Gene Myers is a New Jersey poet, music journalist and columnist who learned to walk twice. His weekly column is called The Joy of Life. He was awarded first place in Arts and Entertainment Writing by The New Jersey Press Association.
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