By Pope John Paul II
March 25, 1995
10 – St. Cecilia
* It is translated as “The Gospel of Life.”
* It is written by Pope John Paul II.
* It expresses the position of the Catholic Church regarding the value and inviolability of human life. * It deals with the most basic principles, which are the value and sacredness of life. Not only must human life not be taken, but it must be protected with loving concern.
* “…By the authority which Christ conferred upon Peter and his successors, and in communion with the bishops of the Catholic Church, I confirm that the direct and voluntary killing of an innocent human being is gravely immoral.” * Murder is one of the mortal sins, which means that it carries with it the threat of eternal damnation unless the sinner receives the sacrament of confession and is forgiven through perfect contrition. * Every murder is a violation of the "spiritual" kinship uniting mankind in one great family. * He who is "a murderer from the beginning", is also "a liar and the father of lies" (Jn 8:44)
* Abortion is the deliberate and direct killing, by whatever means it is carried out, of a human being in the initial phase of his or her existence, extending from conception to birth. * These reasons can never justify the killing of an innocent human being: * A mother is trying to protect her own health.
* A mother wants to have a decent standard of living.
* A mother fears the terrible living condition that the child could face. Euthanasia
* Euthanasia is an action or omission which of it and by intention causes death by the purpose of elimination all suffering. * The choice of euthanasia may even become more serious when it takes the form of murder committed by other on a person who has not requested it nor approved it.
* “Suicide” derives from Latin roots, sui, “one’s self,” and caedere, “to...