I was at Disney World last week, helping to chaperone our town’s high school marching band (Elder Son, a senior, & Younger Son, a freshmen, are members, and once every 4 years, our town’s high school band is invited to march at Disney. We went as a family.). The Magic Kingdom evening fireworks show – performed above Cinderella’s Castle – included some rather neat video effects displayed on the castle itself. At one point, Jiminy Cricket and Pinocchio made an appearance, with Jiminy uttering his most famous line from the song “Give A Little Whistle”:
“Always let your conscience be your guide.”
Bam! It suddenly occurred to me – that’s what Catholycs say and believe. Thus, I’ve coined the phrase Jiminy Chricketistianity. Oh sure, they like to quote parts of the catechism – out of context, of course – that seem to support their position, stuff like “primacy of conscience”. But really what they believe in is Supremacy of Conscience. And there’s nothing Catholic about that at all. Instead of using their conscience, they worship it, which is a one-way ticket to Pleasure Island, where naughty boys (and girls too – we’re all about diversity here!) act like jackasses and then turn into them.
A person can virtually justify any sort of behavior by letting their conscience, and not sound moral Catholic teaching, be their guide. And that’s what they do.
The Church teaches that contraception is an evil? Not according to Jiminy Chricketistianity! It’s perfectly hunky-dory!
The Church says that divorced and remarried folks, without benefit of an annulment, ought not present themselves for communion, because they’d be committing sacrilege? Jiminy Chricketistianity says otherwise – so go ahead! It’s okay!
Want to support so-called same-sex marriage? Go for it! Jiminy Chricketistianity says love and marriage are whatever you want them to be, regardless of what God and Scripture and Church teaching has to say about it.
You think the Church discriminates against women because they can’t be ordained priests? If you’re a believer in Jiminy Chricketistianity, then you’d be right. Your conscience trumps doctrine, doncha know.
On and on it goes.
Next time you hear someone say that they can follow their conscience while ignoring Church teaching and still be good Catholics, tell them that’s the exact same thing a talking cricket told a wooden marionette who wanted to be a boy.
Both are equally make believe.
And then give a little whistle.