On Conscience is a small volume containing the two seminal essays from Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, mentioned in Dr. Haas's reflection below, on the topic of conscience. In the first essay, the future Pope Benedict XVI examines the false notion that conscience brings us into a world of personal subjectivity that frees our erring mind from moral constraints. Ratzinger contrasts this corrupted view of conscience with that of Socrates and Cardinal Newman, and taking his cue from the themes of anamnesis and synderesis, he concludes that though the pursuit of truth is an arduous one, it brings us out of ourselves and into the Light of Truth. In the second essay, Ratzinger reviews the four possible sources of morality: reductive objectivity, subjectivity, the Will of God, and the community at large.
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