what is an informed Catholic conscience?
can yu explain to me what an "informed catholic conscience is"???
- MistyLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Some Catholics believe that an 'informed conscience" means that if they feel something is right or wrong, then that makes it okay for them. In other words, if one feels something is not sinful (such as abortion or divorce) then it isn't. This is a misapplication of the understanding of an informed conscience.
St. Catherine of Siena explained it well. Your conscience is like a guard dog that barks and alerts you to evil, sin, temptation, etc. But, you have to feed the dog. If you don't feed him, he becomes weaker and weaker until he no longer barks anymore. We have to feed our conscience with the word of God as proclaimed and taught by Holy Church.
An informed conscience is a well-fed conscience. A lot of people think conscience means they can do whatever they feel like even if it contradicts Holy Church--since they feel like doing it, they're conscience must be telling them its ok. Folks like this usually have a starved conscience and its their passions and the evil one they are actually listening to. A well-fed conscience should never contradict Holy Church.
- 5 years ago
An Informed Conscience is a belief that is formed through education. Education that comes from both the church and the world. A person seeking information on a teaching has the right and duty to educate them self in every way possible before making a final decision. That decision can take priority over the church's teaching.
- AlnisaLv 44 years ago
Based on observations of the more virulently anti-Catholic Protestants, the Ten Rules are as follows: 1) The Catholic is always wrong; the Protestant is always right. Even when the Protestant is inaccurate, incorrect, or illogical. 2) Catholicism is so evil, it's okay to lie about it. 3) The Bible is Protestant property. 4) Only the Bible may be used in debates with Protestants, since history, logic, and Apostolic Tradition disprove Protestantism. 5) When something bad has happened in Christian history, it was Rome's fault. 6) If it's not explicity taught in the Bible, it's contrary to the Bible. 7) Dismiss all Catholic claims as "propaganda". Since Catholics are always wrong (even when they're right), the facts are never on their side -- because they can't be! 8) All statements which would cast doubt on the legitimacy of the Catholic Church, if they were true, are true. 9) Always take Scripture literally, unless the literal interpretation supports a Catholic doctrine. 10) The Early Church was not the "Roman" Catholic Church. The "Roman" Catholic Church got started at the Council that condemned your favorite heresy. Of course, new rules may someday come to light, LOL. . .
- DaverLv 71 decade ago
CONSCIENCE - The judgment of the practical intellect deciding, from general principles of faith and reason, the goodness or badness of a way of acting that a person now faces.
It is an operation of the intellect and not of the feelings or even of the will. An action is right or wrong because of objective principles to which the mind must subscribe, not because a person subjectively feels that way or because his will wants it that way.
Conscience, therefore, is a specific act of the mind applying its knowledge to a concrete moral situation. What the mind decides in a given case depends on principles already in the mind.
These principles are presupposed as known to the mind, either from the light of natural reason reflecting on the data of creation, or from divine faith responding to God's supernatural revelation. Conscience does not produce these principles; it accepts them. Nor does not conscience pass judgment on the truths of reason and divine faith; it uses them as the premises from which to conclude whether something should be done (or should have been done) because it is good, or should be omitted (or should have been omitted) because it is bad. Its conclusions also apply to situations where the mind decides that something is permissible or preferable but not obligatory.
Always the role of conscience is to decide subjectively on the ethical propriety of a specific action, here and now, for this person, in these circumstances. But always, too, the decision is a mental conclusion derived from objective norms that conscience does not determine on its own, receiving it as given by the Author of nature and divine grace.Source(s): catholicreference.net
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- 4 years ago
you're so incorrect. Just because someone thinks its okay to jump off the bridge doesn't necessarily mean that they will do it. An informed conscience is; a well-judged decision that one can make with the help of catholic teachings.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
hi diva, well i would expect that it means having a different view on things. the catholics believe that everyone should be followers and do as each other does like sheep and follow jesus.but a few people as they get older do not agree and speak thier mind without thinking of others first. this is because they are not perfect people and no one is perfect. if someone has upset you or whatever it is most probably because they have had to many issues of thier own to deal with and you should not take things personally. like ok a friend of a friend had an arguement about the noise of the dog making so much noise and it was putting pressure on her marriage so after so long she couldnt take it anymore and started yelling out the window (that is her imperfect behaviour- the fact that she yells and vents issues and afterwards feels very resentful.but she only ever tells the truth.) .so they are not friends any more as after that the other threatened the person yelling.you know and so the saga turns childish and stupiod and no one speaks after that and really its sad. but i suppose thats life.miscommunications really make things work out for the worst and it is never a good thing when people dont discuss thier issues.
- 1 decade ago
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 recognized 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.
1785 In the formation of conscience the Word of God is the light for our path, 54 we must assimilate it in faith and prayer and put it into practice. We must also examine our conscience before the Lord's Cross. We are assisted by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, aided by the witness or advice of others and guided by the authoritative teaching of the Church. 55
1786 Faced with a moral choice, conscience can make either a right judgment in accordance with reason and the divine law or, on the contrary, an erroneous judgment that departs from them.Source(s): The Catechism of the Catholic Church
- Mr. JohnLv 61 decade ago
Catholics are not well informed of the scriptures. So I believe that they are catholics who came out from catholicism after learning the truth from the scriptures.