Most people who fail to act correctly do so because they mistakenly believe they have an informed conscience. A person has a duty to correctly form his conscience (i.e., his judgment, the moral character of his actions) with great care, and he is under a strict obligation to do so. He is bound to fervently pray, plus take all reasonable means of formation with good, honest, and holy men and instructive material, when there is a danger of offending God. Correct formation is the key to virtuous decisions and actions.
Thomas defined conscience as
the judgment or dictates of the
practical intellect, avoiding evil, and doing what is good. A
conscience is informed (i.e.,
or uninformed (i.e.,
formed). Most believe they have a conscience that is informed
and make no effort to correct their uninformed conscience. They
may act incorrectly or fail to act when necessary. An informed
conscience draws a line in the sand to ensure against liberalism
creeping in unnoticed and unopposed.
An informed conscience is a key to our salvation. A traditionalist with a well-formed conscience would never attend an indult Mass or support an indult group (including the new-SSPX). If you attend an indult Mass or support an indult group, it is understood that you accept the new mass and Vatican II with all their evils and errors. You also set a very bad example which undermines Tradition and scandalizes friends, family, and others. Scandal is like scattering feathers on a windy day. How can one ever collect them again? (That is, each feather scattered to the wind represents a scandalized soul that needs to be found, corrected, and made aware of your bad example.)
It’s time to take stock of your conscience. Informed or uninformed? If you honestly appraise your conscience and find it to be uninformed, you have a strict obligation to correct that shortcoming, as directed above.