Volume 3, Part 2

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So-called social, political, economic, and environmental issues are inter-related. When a moral or ethical issue is addressed, it may necessarily have a political implication; politics is about policy. It is the role of Catholic clergy to teach general moral principles and values and instruct the faithful on applying them to particular circumstances of everyday life. The faithful are obliged to properly form their consciences by learning moral principles and articles of faith, making proper judgments as to what are right and wrong behaviors, and advocating for good behavior as public policy.

Both right reasoning and the teaching of the Church are required for development of a well-formed conscience. Perhaps the first issue to be resolved in the formation of conscience is acceptance of the fact that issues vary in impact and significance – some are more important, more fundamental, than others. Some of the most fundamental issues relate to fundamental human values: the sacredness of human life from conception to natural death; marriage as a union of one man and one woman; religious freedom and freedom of conscience; and, a right to private property. A violation of any of these fundamental human values involves intrinsic evil – an evil which cannot be justified under any circumstances.

All people of good will, reasoning rightly, logically, will deplore any and all violations of fundamental human values, without exception. Principle violations against fundamental human values include: abortifacient methods of birth control or family planning (e.g., IUD, pill); abortion; euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide; human cloning and embryonic stem cell research; same-sex marriage; and, government-coerced secularism and socialism. In these matters, a person with a well-formed conscience will accept – without exception – the prohibition of all actions which are intrinsically evil, and, in the interest of public policy, would not ever choose to support or vote for someone who clearly, consistently, and persistently promotes that which is intrinsically evil.

Deacon Joseph B. Gorini, Mechanicsburg PA  <///><  [First Published September 2, 2012]

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