Monday, May 21, 2007

B-16 on Conscience

See the excerpt (in whole) here. I'll just give you one weighty excerpt:

He [at-the-time Cdl. Ratzinger] went looking for a different conception of conscience -- one that didn't pit "morality of conscience" against "morality of authority." Finally, he decided that conscience has to work like language, from both within and without.

One has the innate ability to speak, but it has to be learned by observation, imitation and interaction with others. So it is with conscience: If one thinks of it as only an interior, almost occult, guide to life, he is likely to go badly wrong.

Not all that far from "what your mother told you..." in the olden days, eh?

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