‘Pri­macy’ of con­science

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - WORLD -

VAT­I­CAN CITY — Pope Fran­cis on Satur­day reaf­firmed the “pri­macy” of us­ing one’s con­science to nav­i­gate tough moral ques­tions in his first com­ments since he was pub­licly ac­cused of spread­ing heresy by em­pha­siz­ing con­science over hard and fast Catholic rules.

Fran­cis is­sued a video mes­sage to a con­fer­ence or­ga­nized by Ital­ian bish­ops on his con­tro­ver­sial 2016 doc­u­ment on fam­ily life, “The Joy of Love.” The doc­u­ment has badly di­vided the Catholic Church, with some com­men­ta­tors warn­ing that it risked cre­at­ing a schism given its open­ing to di­vorced and civilly re­mar­ried Catholics.

Fran­cis told the con­fer­ence that priests must in­form Catholic con­sciences “but not re­place them.” And he stressed the distinc­tion be­tween one’s con­science — where God re­veals him­self — and one’s ego that thinks it can do as it pleases.

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