Ordinarily, Christians consider conscience a far more important factor in the moral life than the virtue of prudence. As a result, we experience today a considerable amount of intellectual cacophony when theologians advance certain views which concern the “rights” of an individual’s conscience. At the same time, we also witness the reaction which occurs when the Holy Father and the bishops rightly insist that the ordinary Magisterium of the Church suffices for that religious submission of heat and mind required of the Christian faithful in moral matters…The virtue of prudence, on the other hand, supposes compatibility between freedom and authority.
Romanus Cessario, "The Moral Virtues and Theological Ethics", Introduction.
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