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What is the moral Conscience?

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What is the moral Conscience?

Let us learn from the teaching of the church contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). Like the apostles we are called to be bearers of light into the land of darkness and despair. We are called to mission or to evangelize. Most Rev Dr Anthony O. Ogbuji.

  1. What is the moral Conscience?

Moral conscience, present in the heart of the person, is a judgment of reason which at the appropriate moment enjoins him to do good and avoid evil. Thanks to moral conscience, human person perceive the moral quality of an act to be gone or which has already be gone, permitting him to assume responsibility for the act. When attentive to moral conscience, the prudent person can hear the voice of God who speak to him or her.

Ref: CCC (1776-1780, 1795-1797)


  1. What does the dignity of the human person imply for the moral conscience?

The dignity of a human person requires the uprightness of moral conscience (which is to say that it be in accord with what is just and good according to reason and the law of God) because of this personal dignity, no one may be force to act contrary to conscience: nor, within the limits of the common.

Ref: CCC (1780-1782, 1798)


  1. How is moral conscience formed to be upright and truthful?

An upright and true conscience is form by education and by assimilating the Word of God and the teaching of the Church. It is supported by the gifts of the Holy Spirit and helped by the advice of wise people. Prayer and an examination of conscience can also greatly assist, one’s moral formation.


  1. What norms must conscience always follows?

There are three general norms:

  1. One may never do evil so that good may result from it
  2. The so-called Golden Rule, “Whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them” (Matt 7:12)
  • Charity always proceeds by way of respect for one’s neighbour and his conscience, even though this does not mean accepting as good for something that is objectively evil.

Ref: CCC (1789)


  1. Can moral conscience make erroneous judgments?

A person must always obey the certain judgment of his own conscience but he could make erroneous judgment for reasons that may not always exempt him from personal gulf. However, an evil act committed through involuntary ignorance is not imputable to the person even though the act is evil.




Lord let us learn and understand that:

If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character.

If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home.

If there is harmony in the home, the will be order in the nation.

If there is order in the nations, there will be peace in the world.

A clean heart create for us through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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