Primacy of Conscience? The Arinze Smackdown of the False Notions

Here’s an important little lesson that apparently was rarely taught in the Catholic schools around these San Francisco Bay Area (or maybe it was taught in a purposely twisted manner): https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/video-cardinal-arinze-rejects-effort-at-synod-to-excuse-objectively-evil-ac

Well, this a tad bit awkward for the San Francisco liberals. Somebody just told them they were way off base with that new “primacy of conscience” argument they’ve been trying to float this past year. Heck, it was a complete smack down of their feeble attempt.

Most recently, it was Archbishop Cupich trying this argument, but San Francisco is always ahead of the curve in the dissent game. Here we find Father Jack McClure floating the same argument almost a whole month earlier:

“I feel bad about this. I feel bad for the parish. I feel bad about this silencing,” said McClure. “But I want to make it known I appreciate the generosity Archbishop Cordileone has shown me and my religious community for allowing us to serve in his archdiocese. However, in conscience I needed to break my silence.https://onemadmomblog.wordpress.com/2015/09/24/martyrdom-doesnt-become-you-or-you-aint-a-martyr/

Some of the “Concerned Parents” also gave it a stab way back in May. I really don’t hold them totally responsible, because I suspect there are some good old (and I do mean old) Jesuits from USF trying to coach them.

Parents and teachers noted that the Archbishop has many platforms from which to educate faculty, students, parents and other members of the school community regarding his interpretations of Church theology, other than an employee handbook. Serra High School parent Lynn Schuette said, “While the Archbishop’s ‘short compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church’ may be appropriate for a religious treatise, it is not acceptable for a faculty handbook. His selective list of Catholic catechism fails to reflect a fuller understanding of the Catholic tradition, let alone the centrality of the primacy of conscience and the “sense of the faithful.” https://onemadmomblog.wordpress.com/2015/05/23/the-archbishop-vs-the-red-herrings/

Yeah, Lynn, it’s the Archbishop who doesn’t understand “Primacy of Conscience”. I guess Cardinal Arinze doesn’t either. (Insert your favorite eye-rolling emoticon here.)

On the contrary, ladies and gents, the term “good conscience” kind of means you need to actually have a good conscience! There’s a shocker! What it doesn’t mean is “because my poorly formed conscience says it’s fine and dandy!”

Dear liberals, please note Cardinal Arinze’s correction of your misconception or falsehood.  I’m not exactly sure which it is.

“Conscience, according to Catholic teaching, is the dictate — immediate — of what is to be done or not to be done. Conscience directs the individual. Nevertheless, conscience has to be educated to see the ways of God, the Commandments of God, as authentically interpreted by the Church, which means conscience has to be educated, has to be trained,” he said.

Arinze went on to quote portions from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) that deals with conscience and to provide commentary on what the passages mean.

CCC Paragraph 1790: “A human being must always obey the certain judgment of his conscience. If he were deliberately to act against it, he would condemn himself. Yet it can happen that moral conscience remains in ignorance and makes erroneous judgments about acts to be performed or already committed.”

Arinze: “Which means, conscience does not make objective right and wrong, but only directs the person in what the person should do or not do. That conscience has to be educated, trained, if you wish,” he said.

CCC Paragraph 1791: “This ignorance can often be imputed to personal responsibility. This is the case when a man ‘takes little trouble to find out what is true and good, or when conscience is by degrees almost blinded through the habit of committing sin.’ In such cases, the person is culpable for the evil he commits.”

Arinze: “That means it isn’t enough that conscience says, ‘I can do this’ if that conscience has been made blind by repeated acts that are evil. Then the person is responsible for that erroneous conscience. That is also clear,” he said.

CCC Paragraph 1792: “Ignorance of Christ and his Gospel, bad example given by others, enslavement to one’s passions, assertion of a mistaken notion of autonomy of conscience, rejection of the Church’s authority and her teaching, lack of conversion and of charity: these can be at the source of errors of judgment in moral conduct.”

Arinze: “You can see then, if a person is always stealing, if a person is always telling lies, if a person is always committing acts against chastity, the person may begin to get accustomed to such acts and no longer call them by their names. But a priest or bishop has to help them, to call good ‘good’ and evil ‘evil.’ Which means, although conscience should be followed, conscience should be educated,” he said.

Arinze said that there are “objective norms of right and wrong,” no matter what the personal conscience may dictate to an individual.”

Wait, what?! I’m sure liberals all over the Bay Area and the U.S. are smacking themselves in the forehead right now! There’s lots of good stuff in this interview, and I hope you all keep it bookmarked for future reference, because the dissenting folks are hardly going to stop using their highly delusional argument. I’m also reasonably sure everyone from Archbishop Cupich down to the misled high school students railing against Archbishop Cordileone are going to cling to it regardless of the fact it’s been shot down with a Patriot missile.

Speaking of Patriot missiles, this is hardly rocket science.  It’s written very plainly in the Catechism.  It’s Catholic 101.  Please, just crack the cover every once in a while.  You don’t even have to buy it!  http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM

Too bad many in the clergy don’t recognize Cardinal Arinze’s explanation of true mercy.  This is really the remedy for most problems that plague us:

“Now, the best way we can help a person is with truth. So, it will be necessary in some charitable way, nice way, to help such people to realize their condition. It is not enough to leave them with their conscience,” he said.

The cardinal used the analogy of a medical doctor aiding a wounded patient to make his point.

“A good doctor who receives a patient with a big wound, a sore, knows what is to be done. Maybe clean some parts. Maybe some injections. Maybe medicines are to be administered.”

“But if the doctor says, ‘the patient says he doesn’t like these measures, he’s happier with a bandage’ and gets a nice bandage and bandages the wound, is he a good doctor? Does the wound get healed because the patient’s conscience tells him that this is the nicest way to approach it?

“You see, reality does not respect what [a person and his conscience] thinks. So the doctor should treat that wound with the best medical science.”

“That’s the way the doctor will show mercy to the patient,” he said.

Amen and thank you Cardinal Arinze!

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One thought on “Primacy of Conscience? The Arinze Smackdown of the False Notions

  1. Another fine entry, OMM.

    [sigh]

    Once again, we hear from dissenting Catholics of this nonsense of “‘the primacy of conscience and the “sense of the faithful.’”

    IOW, this is code-speak or justification *to* dissent from what the Church teaches (and, thus, what the Word of God taught) on issues of faith and morals. (so one can be a “good” Protestant while still pretending to be Catholic)

    Fr. Z., at his fine blog, has often recommended the book titled “Magisterium” by Avery Cardinal Dulles. My dear bride gave me a copy a few Christmases ago. It is simply excellent.

    [see it here]

    http://www.amazon.com/Magisterium-Guardian-Introductions-Catholic-Doctrine/dp/1932589384/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1445523325&sr=1-6&keywords=magisterium

    The good cardinal wrote about “conscience” and “sense of the faithful” in this excellent book. He clarifies for the reader, in a fine theological/catechetical way, the *proper meaning* for these terms.

    Keep it up, OMM. God love you!
    Catechist Kev

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