Posts Tagged ‘Conscience’

Why I support gay marriage Comments 0

Monday, July 8th, 2019
Homosexuality

I didn’t hear the word lesbian until I went to university. In my childhood, homosexuality was not discussed: not at home, not at church, not at school. I’m sure there were homosexual people in my classroom or community. Possibly even in my extended family. But they were not ‘out’. Even the prevailing culture did not Read more

Ireland may look to NZ’s law for doctors who conscientiously object to providing abortion Comments 0

Monday, June 18th, 2018
abortion

New Zealand’s approach to the issue of how to allow for GPs who conscientiously object to providing abortion services may provide the basis for how such services are provided in Ireland. Ireland’s National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) and their health minister Simon Harris have appeared at loggerheads after the doctors’ group said that onward referral Read more

Irish hospitals must perform abortions if funded by government Comments 0

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Irish hospitals that receive government money will be expected to carry out abortions when new abortion laws come into effect. This includes hospitals with a Catholic character, the Irish prime minister says. Prime Minister Leo Varadkar says doctors, nurses and midwives could opt out of performing procedures on conscience grounds. If they want to keep Read more

Conscience not the same as personal preferences – Pope Francis Comments 0

Thursday, November 16th, 2017
conscience

“Too many people confuse a rightly-formed conscience with personal preferences dominated by selfishness” Pope Francis said in a video message to an Italian meeting on ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ his exhortation on the family. “Conscience,” he said, “always has God’s desire for the human person as its ultimate reference point. “The contemporary world risks confusing the primacy Read more

Conscience, heresy, Amoris Laetitia and Pope Francis Comments 0

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Developing and using your conscience is of prime importance when working your way around moral questions, Pope Francis told the Italian Bishops Conference on Saturday. His comments aimed to help the bishops explore their conference theme: “The Gospel of Love between Conscience”. Drawing on Amoris Laetitia (AL), his 2015 post-synodial document, Francis defended AL’s stance Read more

Thomas More, Cardinal Newman, and the question of conscience Comments 0

Monday, September 11th, 2017

St. Thomas More and Blessed John Henry Newman may not on first glance seem to be a good pairing: the twice-happily married lawyer and public servant and the celibate Oxford Fellow and Oratorian priest. The sixteenth century Catholic martyr and the nineteenth century convert and confessor; the witty teller of merry tales and the seemingly Read more

The crucial importance of voting with a Christian conscience Comments 0

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Throw your political affiliation out the window! But you’re a loyal Democrat. Or perhaps instead, you’re a loyal Republican. Never mind that. Your political affiliation is not that important. What’s crucially important is your affiliation with Jesus, and your commitment to his campaign – to his divine plan. Are you voting for Jesus Christ? Oh, Read more

Pharmacist refuses to sell morning-after pill Comments 0

Friday, February 26th, 2016

A Wairoa pharmacist refuses to sell the emergency contraceptive pill over her counter because of personal beliefs. To be eligible to sell the emergency contraceptive pill, commonly referred to as the morning-after pill, pharmacists have to complete a course. Owner Elsa Norvil says she will not do this, for personal reasons. “I am not prepared Read more

US Catholic doctor does about face on contraception Comments 1

Friday, November 13th, 2015

A US woman has reacted with hurt and shock after her Catholic physician abruptly stopped prescribing contraception for her, citing religion. Leslie Gauthier posted the letter she received from her “ob-gyn” from Jackson, Mississippi, on Facebook. The Catholic doctor stated:” I am sending you this letter to notify you that as a Catholic physician, I Read more

Synod final document seen as ‘historic step’ of inclusion Comments 0

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

The final document of the synod of bishops on the family has stressed that the Church must involve the divorced and civilly remarried in all ways possible. While the document does not mention Communion for such people who are baptised, it calls for their integration into the Church community, while “avoiding every occasion of scandal”. Read more