3.12 Principle Of Respect For Human Life

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3.3.12 Principle of Respect for Human Life In the Evangelium Vitae– ‘The Gospel of life,’ John Paul II posits that every individual, precisely by reason of the mystery of the Word of God who was made flesh is entrusted to the maternal care of the Church. Therefore the church cannot allow any threat to human dignity because every human life is the very heart of the church and it is for every human individual that the Redemptive act was performed by Christ. John Paul II continues that there is the urgency in the proclamation of the Gospel of Life because of the extraordinary increase and gravity of threats to the life of individuals and peoples, especially where life is weak and defenceless. In addition to the ancient scourges of poverty, hunger, endemic diseases, violence and war, new threats are emerging on an alarmingly vast scale. Byron equally emphasises the sanctity of human life which is inhibited in human dignity. He based this principle on this statement in the Sharing Catholic Social Teaching of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference that every person, from the moment of conception to natural death, has inherent dignity and right to life consistent with that dignity. The Catholic Church see the sacredness of human life as part of any moral vision of a just and good society. Human life at every stage of development is precious and therefore needs to be protected and respected. The innocent attack on human life is broadly frowned upon by the church. 3.3.13 Principle of

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