How does one know whether they’re following their “consciences” or merely their “feelings”?
I get into discussions with other Catholics who think it’s okay to choose which Church teachings to follow because their consciences come first. They even mentioned either a “law” within the Church or a “quote” from some saint (sorry, I didn’t get the source) where people must follow their consciences even if threatened with excommunication. So then, I also mention how we need to have an “informed” conscience, but these people counter that they do pray and meditate over these issues, and just cannot agree with the Church’s stance on some things.
In a sense, I feel I can understand where these people are coming from, because I used to think the same way. However, my conversion came about through experiences, not from any documentation that was revealed to me. So now, I completely submit to the wisdom and authority of the Magisterium, and consider my conscience as being “informed” only when it’s in accordance with Church teaching. It’d be great if I could find some Scripture or Catechism passage that says something to that effect, if it’s accurate.
Am I correct in thinking that conscience could never go against Church teaching? And do you know of any passages that say that? Thanks, and God bless.