Nancy Pelosi has joined John Kerry in his public defiance of the Church, on the
grounds “that every person has a free will and has the responsibility to live
their lives in a way that they would have to account for in the end.” This
is not an untrue statement, but it neglects to mentioned informed conscience and
obedience. Scripture and Tradition are pretty clear on correct response to doctrine.
Here’s a repost of a relevant article. I’ve spewed enough vitriol for now. I’ll
leave it in the hands of the Church and pray.
Vatican II did, and didn’t, teach about conscience
Elections and voting booths are never `faith-free’ zones
“Vatican II must be the most widely praised and rarely followed council in
Catholic history – at least when it comes to candidates and voters.”
Catholics who appeal to the “spirit of Vatican II” and claim to be following their consciences when they ignore Catholic teaching on issues of vital public importance would be wise to revisit what the council actually said.