Any good Catholic knows that they are to follow their conscience, however, that is a well-informed conscience. No one is allowed to blindly follow anyone. Each individual is responsible for his or her actions. No one is allowed to say "I was just following orders." This excuse was not acceptable at the Nuremberg trials of the military and political leaders of Nazi Germany.
II. THE FORMATION OF CONSCIENCE
1783 Conscience must be informed and moral judgment enlightened. A well-formed conscience is upright and truthful. It formulates its judgments according to reason, in conformity with the true good willed by the wisdom of the Creator. The education of conscience is indispensable for human beings who are subjected to negative influences and tempted by sin to prefer their own judgment and to reject authoritative teachings.
1784 The education of the conscience is a lifelong task. From the earliest years, it awakens the child to the knowledge and practice of the interior law recognized by conscience. Prudent education teaches virtue; it prevents or cures fear, selfishness and pride, resentment arising from guilt, and feelings of complacency, born of human weakness and faults. The education of the conscience guarantees freedom and engenders peace of heart.
1785 In the formation of conscience the Word of God is the light for our path,54 we must assimilate it in faith and prayer and put it into practice. We must also examine our conscience before the Lord's Cross. We are assisted by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, aided by the witness or advice of others and guided by the authoritative teaching of the Church.55 Catechism of the Catholic Church
The section above from the Catechism of the Catholic Church clarifies the responsibility of each individual to actively educate him or herself in the life long process of maintaining a well-informed conscience. A key principle in the Catechism is the understanding of the authoritative teachings of the Church. Authoritative authority is based on “substantiated or supported by documentary evidence and accepted by most authorities in a field: an authoritative edition of Shakespeare; an authoritative treatment of a subject.” This is a major difference from authoritarian authority “favoring complete obedience or subjection to authority as opposed to individual freedom: authoritarian principles; authoritarian attitudes.” Benedict XVI is an authoritarian leader, which goes against the teachings of the Catholic Church. Benedict XVI history of homosexual activity is an authoritarian approach, he demands complete obedience to his teaching on homosexuality, though his teaching is not “substantiated or supported by documentary evidence and accepted by most authorities in a field.” With all due respect, Benedict XVI describes homosexual orientation using terms as “intrinsically evil,” “intrinsically disordered,” “condemnation of homosexuality,” "deep-seated," "objectively disordered," or to “sublimate one’s sexuality” none of which are substantiated or based on any accepted authorities in the entire world. This makes Benedict XVI and all those who blindly follow him who publicly speak against homosexual orientation totally liable for the psychological and physical harm they cause to millions of children and adults. Benedict XVI and all who blindly follow his teaching on homosexuality are being unfaithful and disobedient to Catholic teachings. A true Catholic, a follower of Jesus Christ, requires that every individual be personally responsible to put in the effort of acquiring a well-informed conscience on homosexuality and human sexuality. By not doing this and then speaking against homosexuality is a grievous sin against God and all of humanity. "They are blind guides of the blind and if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit" Matt:15:14. What makes this sin worst is that it harms millions of children. Jesus was most clear about the importance of children, so before anyone speaks out publicly against homosexuals be sure, be very sure you have done and are continually doing your homework thoroughly studying both the science and biblical understanding of homosexuality. Photo more
No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you. Luke 11: 33- 36
I thought that the Catholic Church was about truth following the example of Jesus, who stood for truth and love and in the end Jesus died for truth. Benedict XVI then Cardinal Ratzinger, in secret retaliated against these courageous religious people by removing them from their ministry. Why??? How was Benedict XVI allowed to do this??? How is it that no one questioned or demanded a public explanation of his actions, in order stop Benedict XVI from falsely accusing innocent priests and sisters without a fair open trial? On what truthful facts did Benedict XVI base his reasoning for silencing these people? After, Benedict XVI was allowed to silenced these religious people; Benedict XVI offered no teachings explaining the truth about homosexual orientation. Silence! I owe my life to these people for speaking the truth about human sexuality and if they were allowed to continued they would have save me nearly 20 years of my life suffering from clinical depression, which has been proven and backed by all the major medical and mental health associations, internationally that this depression was directly related to my faithful belief in the erroneous antigay teachings of the Vatican. At least, cigarettes companies have been made to place a warnings on their product, to protect the public health of millions of people. How is that the Vatican is not made to do the same regarding their antigay teachings, which has been proven to cause severe life-long harmful effects to people and incites others to use violence against people.
Who is in charged in the Catholic Church that allows these kinds of crimes against humanity, by the Vatican to continue uncheck, i.e. the decades of ongoing sexual abuse to children??? There is something seriously wrong in the Catholic Church that it cannot even protect children, which Jesus stressed is most important. With all due respect, there is something wrong that no one spoke up, so many millions of Catholics colluded by their silence or indifference with ongoing child sexual abuse and with Benedict XVI silencing truthful priests and sisters about human sexuality, which he did in secret. The number of priests and sisters was very small, who risked their lives speaking up for the truth about human sexuality. Maybe what Jesus said is right that it is very few people who make it into heaven, certainly not the self-righteous.
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:13-15
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 7:21
The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! Matthew 6: 22-23