The permeating spirit of Coepiscopi is informed by the core principles of subsidiarity and informed Catholic conscience:


Subsidiarity

If a new Christendom is to take root and flourish it must needs be an optimal Christendom based on the Catholic moral principle of subsidiarity. Subsidiarity1 is the principle that all matters of governing ought to be handled by the most basic or least centralized competent authority. The principle of subsidiarity is a certain moral and doctrinal principle since it derives directly from the dogmatic fact that man is made in the image of God. Man made in the image of God means he is a creature who is rational and volitional and thus radically free and responsible. This rationality, volition, freedom, and responsibility is the essence of human personhood and derives directly from the doctrine of creation of man and his redemption. Thus the principle of subsidiarity, as well as the principle of informed Catholic conscience, derives from the foundational principles of the Catholic faith.

Informed Catholic Conscience

The Holy Catholic Church asserts that there is an absolute authority that requires an absolute obedience. It is obedience to the innate, absolute, and supreme Vicar of Christ that resides within each and every person created in God's image and is recreated and vivified via baptism and subsequent avenues of grace. This innate, absolute, and supreme authority is a person's informed Catholic conscience.
“Conscience is the aboriginal Vicar of Christ, a prophet in its informations, a monarch in its peremptoriness, a priest in its blessings and anathemas, and even though the eternal priesthood throughout the Church should cease to be, in it the sacerdotal principle would remain and would have a sway.”1

Thus the individual Christian has the first duty to heed the promptings of his informed Catholic conscience. This makes the individual—properly ensconced between God/Church and the family—the final locus of individual responsibility and hence authority. God so ordains that each person made in His image finally take full responsibility for the serving of His Absolute Divine Authority. Even if wrong in his choice no man will be culpable if he in good will was heeding his informed Catholic conscience.
"Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment... For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God.... His conscience is man's most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths."2


1. Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman; Certain Difficulties felt by Anglicans in Catholic Teaching II (London: Longmans Green, 1885), p. 248.

2. Catechism of the Catholic Church, art. 1776.