I am re reading a book I have had for a long time called “Recovering Catholics” by Ernie Larsen and Janee Parnegg (1992). The views of John Murray were widely accepted post Vatican II especially concerning the sanctity of an individual’s conscience. This was known as using one’s “internal forum”.
This is a quote from p 40 of this book: "Understand that living in the internal forum mode, our task is to grow up, comprehend, reflect on, and make our decisions about how much power we choose to give to those faulty, probably well-intentioned, perhaps quite intelligent and holy people…basically faulty and flawed people just like us, doing the best they can with what they have. No longer must we give them all our power. Humbly listen, yes. Blindly, unquestioningly follow, no."
“Back in the day” many used this kind of thinking to justify contraception and other unsanctioned behaviors. I didn’t really buy into that then or now.
However, I am receiving great comfort as I re read this book. For me it is not always possible to have Christ AND the Church center stage in my life.