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Musings 2002/170

same world.
These chaste young people are the
ten innocent men for the modern-day Sodom, that is, the whole world.
They are a sign of the Triumph of
The Woman over the red dragon.
So, I just have to express my admiration for these two young people and the magnificent proof they provide giving witness to the good parents they very obviously have.
That young lady and her fiancee made my day and I hope it makes the day of everyone who reads this little story.
It is because of such as these two, that, when the
old sage asks me How is the battle going? I always reply, to his amusement,

we've won.

Conscience and Modernism
The poor old modernist, now shattered by the Truth of The Universal Church, had claimed that sinfulness relies solely on conscience.
That is like the Protestants who claim that everything Christian relies sole on Scripture the very pages of which tell us all that Scripture does not contain all Truth.
P 80. Does the Bible contain all the truths given to us under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit?
No: the Bible does not contain all the truths given to us under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit; some of these truths are contained in Tradition. St. Paul says: Therefore, brethern, stand fast and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word or by our epistle. (2Thess. ii:14). P
The conscience of a person does indeed determine our sinfulness, but of course that is not the end of the story, because, as pure, simple common sense tells us (as does The Church) the conscience of a person MUST be INFORMED to the greatest degree possible.
The outdated modernist used to claim to have Vatican Two on his side on the matter of conscience, but as usual his deception can be easily proven. In Vatican Two's
Gaudium et Spes - and elsewhere - the Fathers make this clear when, for example, they speak about a conscience dutifully conformed to the divine law itself, (Art 50) and the function of their well-formed Christian conscience. (Art. 43).
Article 16 provides an excellent consideration of man's conscience.
P 16. In the depths of his conscience, man detects a law which he does not impose upon himself, but which holds him to obedience. Always summoning him to love good and avoid evil, the voice of conscience when necessary speaks to his heart: do this, shun that.

For man has in his heart
a law written by God;
to obey it
is the very dignity of man;

according to it he will be judged. [9] Conscience is the most secret core and sanctuary of a man. There he is alone with God, Whose voice echoes in his depths. [10]

In a wonderful manner
conscience reveals that law
which is fulfilled
by love of God and neighbour. [11]

In fidelity to conscience, Christians are joined with the rest of men in the search for truth, and for the genuine solution to the numerous problems which arise in the life of individuals from social relationships.

Hence the more
right conscience
holds sway,
the more persons and groups
turn aside from blind choice

and strive to be guided by the objective norms of morality.

Conscience frequently errs
from invincible ignorance
without losing its dignity.

The same cannot be said
for a man who cares but little
for truth and goodness,
or for a conscience which by degrees grows practically sightless as a result of habitual sin. P
Of course, that great work - Catechism of The Catholic Church - confirms the teaching
and the spirit of Vatican Two:-

P 1783 Conscience
must be informed
and moral judgment enlightened.

A well-formed conscience is upright and truthful. It formulates its judgments according to reason, in conformity with the true good willed by the wisdom of the Creator.

The education of conscience
is indispensable

for human beings who are subjected to negative influences and tempted by sin to prefer their own judgment and to reject authoritative teachings.
1784 The education of the conscience is a lifelong task. From the earliest years, it awakens the child to the knowledge and practice of the interior law recognised by conscience. Prudent education teaches virtue; it prevents or cures fear, selfishness and pride, resentment arising from guilt, and feelings of complacency, born of human weakness and faults.

The education of the conscience
guarantees freedom
and engenders peace of heart. P

The modernist, in ignoring Church teaching, has gone far astray from Truth.
He will suggest,
as a result of the loss of Truth in his soul, to any poor creature that seeks his advice that, as long as you follow your conscience, you will do the right thing before God.
Such advice he would give, for example, to a person divorced and remarried and wants to go to Communion. He would give the same advice to a person in his prime wanting to receive Holy Communion but who has been operated upon so that procreation is impossible.
There is no mention of becoming informed or informing these people.
Vatican Two's statement in Article 8 of the above document could well apply to this awful situation:-

Likewise, an imbalance arises
between concern
for practicality and efficiency
and the demands
of moral conscience.

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