When Lefties want to bail on the Church’s teaching, they invoke “Primacy of Conscience”. When Righties want to bail on Church teaching, they invoke “Prudential Judgment”. And when bishops want to bail on Church teaching, they invoke the Sensus Fidelium:
“On the matter of artificial contraception the responses might be characterized by the saying, ‘That train left the station long ago,’” Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg, Florida, recently wrote on his blog, summarizing his survey’s findings. “Catholics have made up their minds and the sensus fidelium (sense of the faithful) suggests the rejection of church teaching on this subject.”
Because whatever badly-catechized early third millennium suburban Americans say to a pollster is certainly the Voice of God.