[quote="jimmy, post:6, topic:294788"]
It could easily be said that the interpretation of the scriptures is the popes and bishops subjective interpretation. You can't deny that, because it is true. The question is, why should someone put aside their subjective experience of right and wrong, in preference for the subjective experience or interpretation of another man? Is that not a denial of their own conscience?
I can deny it, because it is not true.
[INDENT]Scripture: The LORD said, thou shalt not kill.
The Catholic Church: That means murder. It does not mean that it's a sin to run over a child by mistake because you did not see him, or to kill in self-defense so long as the force used was proportional to the threat, etc.[/INDENT]
That is not a subjective interpretation. It is an objective interpretation based on centuries of philosophical and theological study.
And the Catholic Church's interpretation is objectively correct.
In any event, listening to people of wisdom and experience is not denying your own conscience; it is forming it properly. You don't get to decide what you want to be right and wrong, then search the Scriptures to find a passage that could be taken to support your position, and then conclude that your position is correct. You figure out what the moral question is, then figure out the correct answer by doing the following: search the Scriptures on the issue, pray about it, see what the Church has to say about it, consult learned and respected people about it, read what the philosophers and theologians have to say, and arrive at a proper conclusion.
At the end of that process, you know what the proper answer to the particular question is. You have then formed your conscience, and it becomes your duty to follow that conscience -- even if you don't like the answer.