Is conscience totally free? Can one do evil so that good may result from it?

Even the soul of the most perverse man holds an inextinguishable spark reminding him at each moment of his obligation to do good and avoid evil. Consequently, no one is able to do wrong without having first justified himself before his conscience.

Francis opens new horizons within Moral Theology by teaching that God looks with pleasure on this way of acting – unfortunately so common in fallen human nature – and perhaps even rewards it….

But, can one choose to do something evil with the intention of reaping a good fruit? Do the ends justify the means? Is conscience absolutely free from an objective moral norm? Read more…