No surprise here that the National Catholic Reporter has an article against following your conscience. After all it relates to conscience clauses for abortion and contraception. If your conscience tells you that contraception is moral – fine and dandy. If your conscience tells you that homosexual activity is moral – keep on truckin’. If your conscience tells you that you can dissent from Church teaching – hey, Conscience is king! If your conscience tells you that prescribing the pill is wrong – what in the world do you think you are doing? How dare you appeal to conscience!
Yes the magazine the has used conscience like a trump card to negate the truth of Church teaching now wants to have it both ways. Just because they have published statements like "…authority that denies the authority of conscience makes itself an oppressor as well" doesn’t mean they actually believe it. You can dissent all you want just as long as your dissent lines up with theirs. Follow your conscience just as long as it doesn’t match up with Church teaching. If you are a theologian that loses their teaching faculties for dissenting on contraception you are a victim of a witch hunt , a martyr, a hero to emulate. If you are a pharmacist who believes that contraception and abortion are morally wrong you are an oppressor, a denier of others rights, a traumatizer of young women.
If your someone like Sen. Santorum and invoke a slippery slope argument you will be attacked and slippery slope will be put into scare quotes. If your the NCReporter it is then okay to say that the results of conscience clauses in relation to abortion and contraception will result in a denial to read a Harry Potter novel. Oh the horror.
They will only accept a conscience clause as long as they are the ones that have the claws into your conscience. Conscience is king except when it isn’t.
[Via Speculative Catholic (one of my favorite new blogs)]