Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The destruction of human embryos...

"The destruction of human embryos, whether to acquire stem cells or for any other purpose, contradicts the purported intent of researchers, legislators and public health officials to promote human welfare. The Church does not hesitate to approve and encourage somatic stem-cell research: not only because of the favorable results obtained through these alternative methods, but more importantly because they harmonize with the aforementioned intent by respecting the life of the human being at every stage of his or her existence."
~ Pope Benedict XVI, 10/11/07 ~

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Catholic community must offer support...

"The Catholic community must offer support to those women who may find it difficult to accept a child, above all when they are isolated from their family and friends. Likewise, the community should be open to welcome back all who repent of having participated in the grave sin of abortion, and should guide them with pastoral charity to accept the grace of forgiveness, the need for penance, and the joy of entering once more into the new life of Christ."
~ Pope Benedict XVI, Society Greatly Benefits from Educated Catholics, 11/19/07 ~

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

As this audience already knows...

"As this audience already knows, Christian reverence for the unborn child is no medieval development. It comes from the very beginnings of our faith. The early Church had no debates over politicians and communion. There wasn't any need. No persons who tolerated or promoted abortion would have dared to approach the Eucharistic table, let alone dared to call themselves true Christians. And here's why: The early Christians understood that they were the offspring of a new worldwide family of God. They saw the culture around them as a culture of death, a society that was slowly extinguishing itself. In fact, when you read early Christian literature, practices like adultery and abortion are often described as part of 'the way of death' or the 'way of the [devil].'"
~ Archbishop Charles Chaput, Church and State Today: What belongs to Caesar, and what doesn't, 10/26/07 ~

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Pharmacists are called to face...

Pharmacists are "called to face the question of conscientious objection, which is a right that must be recognized for people exercising this profession, so as to enable them not to collaborate directly or indirectly in supplying products that have clearly immoral purposes such as, for example, abortion or euthanasia."
~ Pope Benedict XVI, Therapeutic Experiments Must Respect Basic Ethical Norms, 10/29/07 ~