THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE
KOŚCIÓŁ KATOLICKI A ŚWIĘTOŚĆ ŻYCIA LUDZKIEGO
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It was the intention of these considerations to show the fundamental approach of the Catholic Church in favour of the dignity and protection of human life. We could and should of course also highlight some special fields of it: e.g. the protection of human life at the beginning or at its natural end, the problems of war and piece, the threat of terrorism. Or look at the questions of medical ethics and bioethics in the context of new insights and techniques such as in the fields of organ transplants, artificial insemination (FIVET/IVF), cloning, genetic therapy and manipulation etc. The Magisterium of the Catholic Church has repeatedly answered to various questions and problems and will certainly go on to do so in the future. We can see that in these statements the principle of the sanctity of human life is defended in a very consequent way. An innocent human person's right of life cannot be weighed or calculated against other goods as this is done in an ethics of utilitarianism and consequentialism. It's both a requirement for the future of humanity on this earth and a requirement of the Kingdom of God to come that Christians of different denominations encourage and give strength to each other in all good things, and that they work together - as far as common values are concerned - even with non-Christians and non-believers. May the good will and the various human efforts bring fruit through God's grace!
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