The conscience is not sovereign. God, who sits as judge on the last day, is sovereign.
In 1946, Bishop William Lawrence wrote a human interest story on conscientious objectors to war.
I think about the controversies that roiled the church into which I was ordained, and I grieve that we could not find a way to handle issues of conscience and theological vision with more charity.
The whole notion, which shows up with dogmatic insistency in A Brutal Unity, that conscience is something that can and should be sacrificed will appear to many Christians as an incomprehensible foreign intrusion into what we take to be the very essence of Christian existence.