Thanks for the reply. Per your suggestion I did read AETERNI PATRIS . It was interesting but exaggerated. Obviously, Aquinas was a great theologian, but he was not without fault as no person is perfect.
Am I, little old nobody Chris, able to correctly criticize Aquinas? Well…let us see.
Aquinas said early gestation babies were vegetables (having a vegetable soul) and the animals (having an animal soul) and later in gestation a human soul. This is a historical fact of his own writing. He ignored two Bible verses that teach human ensoulment at conception…
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Psalm 51:5 (original sin)
For as the body without the spirit is dead James 2:26 (humans are of only one spirit)
Plus I have quotes from 11 Church Fathers hundreds of years before Aquinas lived that taught the embryo is always a living human being, which Aquinas ignored. Biden and Pelosi are idiots but Aquinas gave them ammunition to say the idiotic things they say.
Secondly, Aquinas quote… “every judgment of conscience being right or wrong, is obligatory in such that he who violates conscience always sins” can never, never be true. It is as if to say that a pregnant woman believes in conscience that she should have an abortion then she must have the abortion or she sins. This is ludicrous per Pope John Paul II in Evangelium Vitae…
When conscience, this bright lamp of the soul (cf. Mt 6:22-23), calls “evil good and good evil” (Is 5:20), it is already on the path to the most alarming corruption and the darkest moral blindness. 24
No circumstance, no purpose, no law whatsoever can ever make licit an act which is intrinsically illicit, since it is contrary to the Law of God which is written in every human heart, knowable by reason itself, and proclaimed by the Church. 62
Your reference to CCC1776 is true enough but CCC 1800 is corrupted by Aquinas thinking to say the opposite of 1776…
1776 "Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment… For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God… His conscience is man’s most secret core and his sanctuary.
1800 A human being must always obey the certain judgment of his conscience.
Thanks for being patient with me this far. Please let me know what you think.