conscience

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Does Abortion Really Incur Excommunication?

What Exactly Is Excommunication? Excommunication is a sanction that deprives a Catholic of all participation in the common blessings of the society of the Church.1  It is the most serious penalty the Church can inflict, and is used only in the most severe cases.  The excommunicated person remains a Catholic [...]

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Making Sense of a Crisis in a Post-Christian Era

There is a moving black-and-white photo taken in San Francisco in 1918 during the Spanish flu pandemic. The photo shows a crowd of men and women, soberly dressed, standing and kneeling on the steps of the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption. In the foreground, a lone man kneels on [...]

By |2020-03-31T14:52:49-04:00March 8th, 2020|Categories: News and Commentary, Spirit & Life Newsletter|Tags: , , |

Can Catholics Apply the Principle of Probabilism to Abortion Decisions?

Some baptized Catholics who support abortion use a distorted understanding of Church teaching on the “primacy” of conscience to support their views. They also frequently misrepresent theological principles regarding Catholic sexual ethics.  One of the most common abuses involves probabilism, which simply means that if a definitive judgment has not [...]

By |2019-12-12T11:40:21-05:00September 7th, 2018|Categories: Abortion, The Church on Abortion|Tags: , , , |
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What is the Role of Conscience in Moral Decision-Making?

The Modern Misunderstanding of Conscience A fundamental misunderstanding of the role of the human conscience lies at the root of many of the problems in the Catholic Church today.  Very few Catholics even know what that role actually is.  When pressed, many will say, “If my conscience tells me that [...]

By |2019-10-23T13:20:29-04:00September 4th, 2018|Categories: Abortion, The Church on Abortion|Tags: , , |
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Can We Use Our Consciences on Contraception?

Surveys in many countries consistently show that most Catholics believe that decisions of conscience about contraception rightfully belong with those who must bear and rear children.  The legitimacy of teaching requires that it be embraced by the faithful. Your teaching has no such legitimacy.  It is a marginalized minority view [...]

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Irish Threat to Pro-Life Counseling Centers

Attempts to Undermine Constitutionally Guaranteed Freedom of Conscience HLI Ireland reported that Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish Parliament in Dublin, would debate a bill Wednesday, November 14, 2017, aimed at shutting down pregnancy pro-life counseling networks. The proposed change is to section 4(1) of the Principal Act. Deputy Louise [...]

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Oppressive Obamacare Contraceptive Mandate Lifted

Conscientious Affordable Care Act Relief for Christians Today President Trump overturned the violence perpetrated by the Obama Administration in its direct assault against family, life, and conscience through the “birth control mandate” in the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). Under President Obama, the ACA required all employers provide contraceptives [...]

By |2019-11-15T09:12:55-05:00October 6th, 2017|Categories: News and Commentary|Tags: , , |

Conscience and Health Care Workers

This is the second of Dr. Joseph Meaney's five-part series on conscience, the third installment in HLI’s Educational Series. We invite you to read our other two series on contraception and marriage and family. To hear Dr. Meaney’s recent short talk on conscience with HLI staff and leadership, click here. [...]

By |2019-12-05T20:56:14-05:00May 11th, 2017|Categories: The Church on Abortion|Tags: , , , |