Extract from Pope Benedict XVI’s lecture ‘Conscience in Its Time’

The destruction of the conscience is the real prerequisite for totalitarian followers and totalitarian rule. Where conscience prevails, there is a limit to the dominion of human common and human choice, something sacred that must remain inviolate and that in its ultimate sovereignty eludes all control, whether someone else’s or one’s own. Only…the recognition that conscience is sacrosanct protects man from man’s inhumanity and from himself; only its rule guarantees freedom. (Church, Ecumenism, and Politics, Ignatius Press, 2008)

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