Pride was also the first sin committed among man. Satan tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit and in her pride, she wanted to be like God.
"You will not certainly die," the serpent said to the woman. "For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." - Genesis 3:4-5Man was then cast out of the Garden of Eden. Pride often leads to disobedience. In the case of man, eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil was an act of disobedience against God who prohibited them from touching and eating the fruit in the first place.
The holy Bible speaks of pride as a sin and screams of obedience. Children are told to obey their parents (Ephesians 6:1 and Colossians 3:20), and slaves are told to obey their masters (Ephesians 6:5 and Colossians 3:22). Christians are told to obey their bishops (Hebrews 13:17). In this way, God prepares us for His kingdom so that our will conforms to His will. We are to follow and obey God's will. However, many times, we want God to follow and obey our will. By the same token, God calls on parents to care for their children and on earthly masters to care for their slaves. He also calls on bishops to care for the souls of their sheep.
The only time a child can disobey their parents is when their parents tell them to do something that is immoral such as stealing, killing, etc. If a master tells a slave to kill another servant, then the slave through his moral conscience can disobey because the killing of another person goes against the commandment of God. If a bishop also tells a lay person to go against any of the Ten Commandments, the lay person can through his moral conscience disobey. Even Christ told His disciples to listen and obey the Pharisees because they sit in the chair of Moses, but he warned them not to imitate their behavior because they were hypocrites.
Matthew 23:2-3 "The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach."
It is clear from the passage that Christ tells us to obey authority and at the same time obey our conscience. However, our conscience must be formed correctly to know the difference between good and evil, between right and wrong.
In the U.S. military, obedience is very important because it deals with matters of life and death of the soldier and other fellow soldiers. In the Church, obedience is also important because it deals with the salvation of souls. When Archbishop Hon instructs his priests to read his letter to the parishioners and distribute the petitions, there is nothing immoral in that command. To go against Bill 326 does not mean that we support child abusers. Those who sexually abused children should be punished. However, Bill 326 not only punishes the child abusers but also punish innocent people who have nothing to do with the offense. The Church does not support child abuers, but she also does not support punishing innocent people. The Church looks to God who does not punish the wicked together with the just (Genesis 18:23-32). Those who did not follow Archbishop Hon's instruction to read the letter and distribute the petitions were disobedient because they thought they knew better than Archbishop Hon. This is the sin of pride.
With that said, it is with great sorrow that the Archdiocesan leader remained silent and did not speak out against Bill 326 during the public hearings. He spoke out too late. It is also with great sorrow that some of the priests did not support the Apostolic Administrator, but supported Bill 326. These disobedient priests need to be reminded that the Church is a living organism, not an institution. This living organism is divine and holy. It has no sins. Only the members of the Church are sinners and should be held accountable for their sins.