Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
The Little Sisters of the Poor
are a religious order serving in the U.S. since 1868. Faithful to their
profoundly beautiful and humble mission, they currently care for
13,000 elderly poor in 30 homes across the U.S. and in 31 countries
world-wide...And yet, astoundingly, for the past several years, the
Little Sisters have been engaged in an unwarranted battle with the
In taking on lowly human flesh, Beauty itself has suffered, and for this
reason, we too ought to enter into that suffering. Ratzinger is
calling us to allow the true knowledge of Christ's Beauty to form our
reason and soul, turning us away from the banal culture and into God's
"marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9).
If euthanasia in Canada does become something like a
growth industry, this would mean that fewer member of the medical
profession who oppose assisted killing would be allowed to act in
accordance with their conscience. One person's choice could violate
another person's conscience. Such a situation would logically
discourage conscientious people from entering the world of medicine in
the first place. Secular society becomes more efficient when there is
uniformity of opinion, where everyone agrees on the reigning ideology
of the day.
A healthy society then is nothing more
than a conglomeration of healthy families. Anything more removed than
that is simply not realistic of how humans function. The question then
becomes, if Marx and Engels are right about problems in the family, but
wrong to argue for its dissolution, how then do we heal the family?
Where do we find models of families functioning well? And how does a
family function well as an essential component of a nation?