It seems that there are a group of Catholics upset at the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal Pell. Crikey! Wot he's doin' is fair dinkum bloody unfair, mate! Just looky here:
"When people are making moral judgements on right and wrong, the Catholic position is that you are required to look carefully at what the Church teaches, what the Bible teaches, what experience teaches. But
ultimately, it's your responsibility to make your decision on what is right and wrong. Now, Cardinal Pell tends to go back to the pre-Vatican II position of the Church, which was very much simply this is the way it is, these are the dos, these are the don'ts, do you what you're told."
Um, yeah, that's been the rule for, oh, some 2000 years now. And while ultimately it is your decision to act on what you think is right or wrong, but if you're wrong in doing so, it's called sin. However, you don't choose the label.
"Ultimately, freedom of conscience guarantees that a person is the ultimate… that the person's conscience is the ultimate moral norm
of their behaviour. Cardinal Pell never stresses that. In fact, at times he has seemingly attacked that and kind of almost wants it abolished from Catholic teaching."
No. God defines the "ultimate moral norm." And the reason Cardinal Pell doesn't stress that is because it is not in line with Catholic teaching. See, Cardinal Pell has got this duty to uphold the catechism of the Church and . . . oh, never mind, I don't think it's going to matter to these folks.
Now, such criticism of a cardinal is hardly news today. What makes this story funny is the fact that these upset Catholics . . . wrote to complain to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith at the Vatican to "tell" on Cardinal Pell. Yes, they got together and wrote a letter to the authorities in Rome that Cardinal Pell's teaching is "inaccurate, misleading and not true to the Catholic tradition."
Have they never heard His Holiness, Benedict XIV, speak of the "dictatorship of relativism?"
What can only be the proper response to this is succinctly put by Cardinal Pell:
"I think it's a bit of a hoot."
Indeed, it is. Cardinal Pell goes on to explain:
"Everybody knows that we have to use our conscience, we have to… the point as issue is whether our conscience has primacy or is supreme and whether a Catholic can choose to reject central doctrines, central
teachings of Jesus Christ and/or the Church and be regarded as a perfectly good Catholic."
And the answer is - a good Catholic cannot.