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Pentecost Sunday - What is an informed conscience? - SacredSpace102fm

May 19, 2018 Season 8 Episode 26
Come & See Inspirations
Pentecost Sunday - What is an informed conscience? - SacredSpace102fm
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Come & See Inspirations
Pentecost Sunday - What is an informed conscience? - SacredSpace102fm
May 19, 2018 Season 8 Episode 26
Come & See Inspirations team
What is an informed conscience?
Show Notes
Ireland goes to the polls in the coming week to decide what is literally a matter of life and death as voters decide on whether to retain or repeal the equal protection of life given to both the mother and the unborn child in the Irish constitution. SS102fm didn't host any debates or discussions on the referendum because a) we wanted to give our listeners a "sacred space" on a Sunday morning away from the 'noise' of main stream media and b) because to do so would have meant having to give balanced airtime to both sides of the campaign under BAI rules which we could not do.

However, on this mornings programme we decided to repeat an interview which we conducted with Bishop-emeritus Dr Donal Murray back in 2015 about the issue of conscience and having an informed conscience. At that time, the interview was ahead of the same-sex marriage referendum and the purpose of the interview was to set out clearly what is meant from a Catholic point of view about discerning and voting with your conscience.

"Freedom of conscience" is regarded as one the key human rights of the current age but what does it actually mean from a Catholic perspective? What is conscience? Can a person be compelled to act against their conscience? How is a person to form his conscience so that it is not just their opinion but a considered and informed discernment?