Tuesday, April 12, 2016
In The Joy of Love, the document that Pope Francis released on Friday, he encourages pastors to help people not simply to follow rules, but to practice "discernment." The rules don't cover every situation. They cannot take the place of our consciences. Most of us need help to prayerfully determine the most responsible moral action in our situation. After we have formed our consciences, some may still need help to follow their inner conviction. It takes courage to rely on our own consciences.