Conscience and disagreeing with the Church
Podcast: Episode Four
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In the past couple of episodes, Dominic and I have touched upon the topic of conscience. So we decided to devote a whole episode to talking about consciences in general but also what to do when your conscience does not line up with the Church’s teaching.
What do you do when you find yourself in disagreement with a Church teaching or decision? Many Catholics find themselves in this place at some point in their life of faith and some spend their entire lives there. This conflict can be deeply uncomfortable. It’s even more difficult when this teaching or discipline makes tangible demands on your life or when you are convinced that this teaching or discipline is actually harmful to the Church or to people in your life.
In this episode, Paul and Dominic dive into a discussion about conscience and disagreeing with the Church. They talk about some of the faulty beliefs they have had about conscience and then turn to what the Church actually teaches about it. Finally, they end with some ideas on how to navigate disagreement with the Church.
Part of this episode was based on Paul’s article on Where Peter Is, Disagreeing with the Church.
“We can wonder if God is demanding too much of us, asking for a decision which we are not yet prepared to make. This leads many people to stop taking pleasure in the encounter with God’s word; but this would mean forgetting that no one is more patient than God our Father, that no one is more understanding and willing to wait. He always invites us to take a step forward, but does not demand a full response if we are not yet ready. He simply asks that we sincerely look at our life and present ourselves honestly before him, and that we be willing to continue to grow, asking from him what we ourselves cannot as yet achieve” (153).
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