1794 A good and pure conscience is enlightened by true faith, for charity proceeds at the same time ‘from a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith’ The more a correct conscience prevails, the more do persons and groups turn aside from blind choice and try to be guided by objective standards 1751 of moral conduct.6’


1795 ‘Conscience is man’s most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths’ (GS i6).

1796 Conscience is a udgement of reason by which the human person recognizes the moral quality of a concrete 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 judgements according to reason, in conformity 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 judge- ment in accordance with reason and the divine law or, on the contrary, an erroneous judgement that departs from them.

~ 8oo A human being must always obey the certain judgement of his conscience.

i8oi Conscience can remain in ignorance, or make erroneous judgements. Such ignorance and errors are not always free of guilt.

1802 The Word of God isa light for our path. We must assimilate it in faith and prayer, and put it into practice. This is how moral conscience is formed.

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1803 ‘Whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.~ó2