Many poor individuals come to this subforum seeking moral guidance on an issue that is concerning them, and most of the (well-meaning) posters here offer mere personal opinion. Very often, the members of this subforum seem to give moral advice without any exposition of moral argument. It’s clear that they are ignorant of sound moral philosophy and Catholic moral theology.That is a problem.
Remember that, as Catholics, our personal opinions are not what determine truth, especially moral and theological truth. Rather, we ought to sentire cum ecclesia, to “think with the Church.” This means that we must not only believe the Creeds and declarations of the ecumenical councils and the infallible pronouncements of the Holy Father, but that we must also hold to the common sentence of the approved theologians (see Pius IX “Tua Libenter”, DZ 1683).
To hold an opinion contrary to the common sentence of the approved theologians would be, at very least, rash and temerarious, if not sinful. Even worse would be to try to hold others to this opinion. And yet, that is what is happening on this subforum.
All of us, and I include myself in this, need to be careful. Giving moral advice is a grave responsibility, and if we are going to continue giving moral advice, we need to become better moral theologians.