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  • The blog header depicts an important and yet mis-understood New Testament scene, Jesus flogging the money-changers out of the temple. I selected it because the faith that gives us consolation can also make us very uncomfortable. Both Divine Mercy and Divine Justice meet in Jesus. Priests are ministers of reconciliation, but never at the cost of truth. In or out of season, we must be courageous in preaching and living out the Gospel of Life. The title of my blog is a play on words, not Flogger Priest but Blogger Priest.

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Need MORE Be Said about Right Conscience?

Many of us feel that while Vatican II is correct about the inviolability of conscience, the “Decree on Religious Freedom” needs to be fleshed out further in regard to the necessity of obedience to what is promulgated by the Church.  We should remember that even the devil was true to his conscience but that ultimately it led to his eternal exile.  A person might regard abortion as only one issue among many but if God should judge it as “pre-eminent” or most constitutive of the Gospel then to shuffle it away in the deck might signify an orientation away from the kingdom and toward perdition. The issue here is bigger than for whom one might vote.

A vital question must be asked: how much of our selves might be posited in the decision to support persons and/or policies that undermine the sanctity of life and demean the dignity of persons? Fidelity to an errant conscience will not save lives, build up a virtuous society or necessarily save our souls from corruption.