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However, error of conscience can be the result of an invincible ignorance, an ignorance of which the subject is not aware and which he is unable to overcome by himself. He speaks of “conflicting thoughts” which accuse or excuse the Gentiles with regard to their behaviour cf. By the work of the Spirit, Baptism radically configures the faithful to Christ in the Paschal Mystery of death and resurrection; it “clothes him” in Christ cf.

Saint Augustine defines this as “the reason or the will of God, who commands us to respect the natural order and forbids us to disturb it”. He is a devout Israelite, raised as it were in veritatos shadow of the Law of the Lord.

A distinction thus comes to be introduced between the fundamental option and deliberate choices of a concrete kind of behaviour.

What is good and what is sin? If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments” Mt The commandments thus represent the basic condition for love of neighbour; at the same time they are the proof of that love.

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If we therefore wish to go to the heart of the Gospel’s moral teaching and grasp its profound and unchanging content, we must carefully inquire into the meaning of the question asked by the rich young man in the Gospel and, even more, the meaning of Jesus’ reply, allowing ourselves to be guided by him.


The man is certainly free, inasmuch as he can understand and accept God’s commands. The Second Vatican Council remains an extraordinary witness of this attitude on the part of the Church which, as an “expert in humanity”, 5 places herself at the service of every individual and of the whole world.

The reason is this: Saint Thomas writes that this law “can be called law in two ways. Despite their variety, these tendencies are at one in lessening or even denying the dependence of freedom on truth. This is precisely the conclusion of Jesus’ conversation with the young man: This is eloquently proved by man’s tireless search for knowledge in all fields.

If this Encyclical, so long awaited, is being published only now, one of the reasons is that it seemed fitting for it to be preceded by the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which contains a complete and systematic exposition of Christian moral teaching. On the other hand, the fact that only the negative commandments oblige always and under all circumstances does not mean that in the moral life prohibitions are more important than the obligation to do good indicated by the positive commandments.

Indeed, it considers that issue central, for there can be no morality without freedom: Thus Saint Thomas, commenting on a verse of Psalm 4, writes: Arguing from the great variety of customs, behaviour patterns and institutions present in humanity, these theories end up, if not with an outright denial of universal human values, at least with a relativistic conception of morality.

Nevertheless, it can only confirm the permanent validity of Revelation and follow in the line of the interpretation given to it by the great Tradition of the Church’s teaching and life, as witnessed by the teaching of the Fathers, the lives of the Saints, the Church’s Liturgy and the teaching of the Magisterium.

Nevertheless we cannot fail to notice which commandments of the Law the Lord recalls to the young man. It is prohibited — to everyone and in every case — to violate these precepts. Human freedom would thus be able to “create values” and would enjoy a primacy over truth, to the point that truth itself would be considered a creation of freedom. Your knowledge has become too wonderful for me cf.


They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or perhaps excuse them” Rom 2: It contradicts the Church’s teachings on the unity of the human person, whose rational soul is per se et essentialiter the encicliva of his body.

To ask about the good, in fact, ultimately means to turn towards God, the caarta of goodness. By responding in faith and following the one who is Incarnate Wisdom, the disciple of Jesus truly becomes a disciple of God cf.

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Conscience is not an infallible judge; it can make mistakes. The Church knows that the issue of morality is one which deeply touches every person; it involves all people, s;lendor those who do not know Christ and his Gospel or God himself.

The Church puts herself always and only at the service of conscience, helping it to avoid being tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine proposed by human deceit cf. This heightened sense of the dignity of the human person and of his or her uniqueness, and of the respect due to the journey of conscience, certainly represents one of the positive achievements of modern culture.