What is the Role of Conscience in Moral Decision-Making?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / October 15, 2021 /
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The Modern Misunderstanding of Conscience The Catholic Church teaches that the conscience is a natural facility of our reason that directs us to do good and avoid evil; that makes judgments about the good and evil of particular acts; and that bears witness after the fact to the good or evil that we have done,…

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Upholding Religious Liberty and Genuine Help in Foster Care

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / June 28, 2021 /

In recent years, it is all too rare that pro-family activists have won any significant victories. From the passage of civil union laws, to the legalization of same-sex “marriage,” and now the rapid spread of an extreme and coercive form of gender ideology, it seems that we have been losing one major battle after another.…

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Does God Forgive Abortion?

By Sofia Infante / June 11, 2021 /
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“The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to My mercy.” ~ Saint Faustina’s Diary   Abortion is one of the foremost causes of suffering in the world, and one of the least acknowledged. The child in the womb suffers in silence, and the mother carries grief, shame, and guilt. A cruel irony…

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The Equality Act Necessitates a Response From All

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / March 8, 2021 /

What are we doing to ourselves, and to our children? This is a question I am pondering a lot as of late, as I watch our nation, and so many parts of the world, racing to embrace ever more extreme and ever more destructive forms of anti-life and anti-family ideology. With a kind of reckless…

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We Need God: Riots Erupt when Faith Dwindles

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / September 7, 2020 /
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This loss of the sense of faith is the deep root of the crisis of civilization that we are experiencing. As in the first centuries of Christianity, when the Roman Empire was collapsing, all human institutions today seem to be on the path of decadence. Relations between people, whether political, social, economic, or cultural, are…

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Does Abortion Really Incur Excommunication?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / May 26, 2020 /
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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 because his baptism cannot be…

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Making Sense of a Crisis in a Post-Christian Era

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / March 8, 2020 /
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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 one knee, his head bowed…

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Can Catholics Apply the Principle of Probabilism to Abortion Decisions?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / September 7, 2018 /
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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 yet been rendered by the…

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Can We Use Our Consciences on Contraception?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / April 18, 2018 /
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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 in our church, defended largely…

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Irish Threat to Pro-Life Counseling Centers

By Deborah M. Piroch / November 13, 2017 /
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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 O’Reilly of Sinn Féin, the Irish…

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