My Mother-in-law and I had a “discussion” regarding church teaching and the subject of informed conscience came up. My MIL claims that an informed conscience trumps church teaching when there seems to be a conflict between that teaching and what a truly informed conscience perceives to be right. Okay,* maybe* I can buy that in a very few situations not specifically outlined by the church but her example just blew me away. She claims that a theologian told her an abortion may not only be permitted in some situations but it would be a sin to not abort in some situations. I did some reading last night and from what I gather an informed conscience is to be formed by catholic teaching itself. So my question is, is there ever a situation where a decision to not have an abortion a sin?
As a side note this same MIL was a catechism teacher at her church for several years. A few years ago she was suddenly dismissed. I think I know why now. Praise God!