6 Responses to What Comes First, Conscience or the Pope? – Cardinal Newman Offers Well-Founded Answer

  1. toadspittle says:

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    “Conscience is a natural faculty by which man applies what he knows of natural law and revelation to decisions..”

    In other words, if one doesn’t believe in revelation (Toad takes that to mean ‘divine’ revelation) then one can’t have a conscience.

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  2. toadspittle says:

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    The article is a fascinating one. Toad will raise a glass to it, in all conscience.

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  3. JabbaPapa says:

    I find the article to be a confusing one, and whilst the author alludes to Newman’s teachings, he never really explains them properly, whilst simultaneously attempting to water them down.

    Disappointing.

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  4. teresa says:

    Oct. 9th., that is today.
    I recall reading a very good book by the German philosopher Spaemann on conscience and he explains it with Thomas Aquinas’ Ethics quite well: Thomas says that one must always act in accord to one’s conscience even when it is objectively wrong. But the argument is more complicated than I can explain here in a short time. Could be a subject of a blog entry though, I must reread the book before!

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  5. toadspittle says:

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    “Thomas (Aquinas) says that one must always act in accord to one’s conscience, even when it is objectively wrong.”
    Says Teresa.
    Surely the problem is – and has always been – what really is objectively, or even subjectively, wrong?
    Or right?

    Toad has no idea. Others are, apparently, more fortunate.

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  6. toadspittle says:

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    “…whilst the author alludes to Newman’s teachings, he never really explains them properly, “

    There might just be sound, albeit pragmatic, reasons for this. Thinks Toad.
    But what does he know?

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