Saint Thomas of Aquinas and other theologians define conscience as “the judgment or dictate of the practical intellect, which [arguing] from the general principles [of morals] pronounces that something in particular here and now is to be avoided, inasmuch as it is evil, or to be done, inasmuch as it is good.”

MLA Citation

  • Father James J McGovern. “conscience”. Catholic Pocket Dictionary, 1906. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 November 2019. Web. 4 March 2021. <>