From Publishers Weekly
Williams, a Catholic priest, ethicist and CBS News Vatican analyst, challenges the popular notion that conscience is always an inerrant guide in this thoughtful look at a timely topic. Proposing that conscience recognizes, but does not determine, good and evil, Williams dissects its role, showing how conscience is formed and can even be corrupted. Although he holds that conscience is deserving of respect as that place where a person is alone with God, he says it does not automatically respond correctly and is in need of training through prayer and moral education. Such instruction, he writes, is to be found in the Bible and natural law as well as in the teaching of the Catholic Church. Williams says consciences must be evaluated regularly and offers practical steps to conduct periodic self-tests. He deals with conscientious objection and its application as well. Readers willing to accept or consider the book's basis in Catholic teaching will find this to be an excellent guide for dealing with the panoply of moral choices presented by contemporary culture. (Sept. 18)
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"An engaging, very practical guide to getting and keeping a 'right conscience.' As always, Williams combines clear thinking and excellent content with a vivid, wonderfully readable style." --Charles Chaput, OFM, Cap, archbishop of Denver
In a season of great confusion about right and wrong, Williams offers a clear, accessible and challenging introduction to the moral life. Warmly recommended for the morally serious of all ages. --George Weigel, Ethics & Public Policy Center
"An invaluable aid to refreshing our ethical sense. Winsome and well-argued, this book is a must-read for anyone seeking moral clarity in private and public life." --Rick Santorum, former US Senator
"Sometimes even believing Christians feel as if they're wandering around in a moral fog. Fr Williams's book breaks through the confusion with astonishing insight and clarity. I wish I had read it long ago." --Eduardo Verástegui, actor
"In his refreshingly clear style, Father Williams convincingly shows how moral integrity is the key to a free society and genuinely happy citizens." --Jim Nicholson, former US Ambassador