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Part Three

The more a correct conscience prevails, the more do per-

sons and groups turn aside from blind choice and try to be

guided by objective standards of moral conduct.

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IN BRIEF

1795

“Conscience is man’s most secret core, and his sanctu­

ary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in

his depths” (

GS

16).

1796

Conscience is a judgment of reason by which the

human person recognizes the moral quality of a con-

crete act.

1797

For the man who has committed evil, the verdict of his

conscience remains a pledge of conversion and of hope.

1798

A well-formed conscience is upright and truthful. It

formulates its judgments according to reason, in con-

formity with the true good willed by the wisdom of

the Creator. Everyone must avail himself of the means

to form his conscience.

1799

Faced with a moral choice, conscience can make either

a right judgment in accordance with reason and the

divine law or, on the contrary, an erroneous judgment

that departs from them.

1800

A human being must always obey the certain judg-

ment of his conscience.

1801

Conscience can remain in ignorance or make errone-

ous judgments. Such ignorance and errors are not

always free of guilt.

1802

The Word of God is a light for our path. We must

assimilate it in faith and prayer and put it into practice.

This is how moral conscience is formed.

61

GS

16.

1751