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MINISTRIES

CATHOLIC TEACHING

ABORTION

"Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2271)

"Since it must be treated from conception as a person, the embryo must be defended in its integrity, cared for, and healed, as far as possible, like any other human being." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2274)

"Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights -- for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture -- is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination." (emphasis in original, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, para. 26, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2007, quoting Pope John Paul II in Christifideles Alici, no. 38)

BIOETHICS

"Direct threats to the sanctity and dignity of human life, such as human cloning and destructive research on human embryos, are also intrinsically evil. These must always be opposed." (Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, para. 23, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2007)

EUTHANASIA

"Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2277)

 
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