Catholic Church’s teaching on abortion and conscience remains
It IS hard to understand Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s position on conscience. He seeks to dictate to Catholic MPs and lords how they should vote, while simultaneously reminding them of the “inviolability of conscience” (“Cardinal appeals to MPs’ consciences over recent issues”, The Herald, June 5) Catholic MPs need no reminding that Catholic teaching on conscience holds that an individual must follow his or her conscience – even if it is in conflict with church teaching. In addition, Catholic teaching requires at least tolerance, if not respect, for other people’s decisions. It seems to me that Catholic MPs followed the teaching to the letter when they voted to retain the current time limits on abortion and to support scientific progress.
This letter originally appeared in the 9 June 2008 edition of the Herald.