What do you do when you find yourself in disagreement with a Church teaching or decision? Many Catholics find themselves in this place at some point in their life of faith and some spend their entire lives there. This conflict can be deeply uncomfortable. It’s even more difficult when this teaching or discipline makes tangible demands on your life or when you are convinced that this teaching or discipline is actually harmful to the Church or to people in your life.
In this episode, Paul and Dominic dive into a discussion about conscience and disagreeing with the Church. They talk about some of the faulty beliefs they have had about conscience and then turn to what the Church actually teaches about it. Finally, they end with some ideas on how to navigate disagreement with the Church.
“We can wonder if God is demanding too much of us, asking for a decision which we are not yet prepared to make. This leads many people to stop taking pleasure in the encounter with God’s word; but this would mean forgetting that no one is more patient than God our Father, that no one is more understanding and willing to wait. He always invites us to take a step forward, but does not demand a full response if we are not yet ready. He simply asks that we sincerely look at our life and present ourselves honestly before him, and that we be willing to continue to grow, asking from him what we ourselves cannot as yet achieve.” Pope Francis (Evangelii Gaudium, 153).
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1:48 Misunderstandings about conscience
8:00 Secret core and sanctuary
13:00 Formation of conscience
25:47 How can conscience error
29:36 We must follow our conscience
37:18 Disagreeing with the Church
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Pope Francis Generation is the show for Catholics struggling with the Church’s teaching, who feel like they might not belong in the Church anymore, and who still hunger for a God of love and goodness. Hosted by Paul Fahey, a professional catechist, and Dominic de Souza, someone who needs catechesis. Together, we’re taking our own look at the Catholic Church– her teachings and practices- from 3 views that changed our world: the Kerygma, the forgotten doctrine of theosis, and the teachings of Pope Francis. Together, with you, we’re the Pope Francis Generation.
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Paul lives in Michigan with my wife, Kristina, and four kids. A catechist, retreat leader, counseling student, as well as a contributor and co-founder of Where Peter Is. Paul writes and speaks about what I love: the Kerygma, the Sacraments, Catholic Social Teaching, and Pope Francis. https://pfahey.com/
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