Authority is exercised legitimately only when it seeks the common good of the group concerned and if it employs morally licit means to attain it. If rulers were to enact unjust laws or take measures contrary to the moral order, such arrangements would not be binding in conscience.Reflection: Although the Catechism, following the Bible, directs Christians to be obedient to those in authority, it is careful to point out that one need not remain under an unjust authority.
- CCC No. 1903
Prayer: Lord, inspire leaders to desire the good for those in charge.
From: Day by Day with the Catechism (Catholic Book Publishing Corp., New York)