posted on May, 28 2005 @ 01:11 PM
ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION ON CERTAIN ISSUES
The Church teaches that, regarding a law permitting abortions, it is "never licit to obey it, or to take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of
such a law, or to vote for it" (EV 73). Abortion is the intentional and direct killing of an innocent human being, and therefore it is a form of
homicide. The child is always an innocent party, and no law may permit the taking of his life. Even when a child is conceived through rape or incest,
the fault is not the child's, who should not suffer death for others' sins.
Often disguised by the name "mercy killing, " euthanasia also is a form of homicide. No one has a right to take his own life (suicide), and no one
has the right to take the life of any innocent person. In euthanasia, the ill or elderly are killed out of a misplaced sense of compassion, but true
compassion cannot include doing something intrinsically evil to another person (cf. EV 73).
3. Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Human embryos are human beings. "Respect for the dignity of the human being excludes all experimental manipulation or exploitation of the human
embryo" (CRF 4b).
Recent scientific advances show that any medical cure that might arise from experimentation on embryonic stem cells can be developed by using adult
stem cells instead. Adult stem cells can be obtained without doing harm to the adults from whom they come. Thus there no longer is a medical argument
in favor of using embryonic stem cells.
4. Human Cloning
"Attempts . . . for obtaining a human being without any connection with sexuality through 'twin fission, ' cloning, or parthenogenesis are to be
considered contrary to the moral law, since they are in opposition to the dignity both of human procreation and of the conjugal union" (RHL
I:6).Human cloning also ends up being a form of homicide because the "rejected" or "unsuccessful" clones are destroyed, yet each clone is a human
5. Homosexual "Marriage"
True marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Legal recognition of any other form of "marriage" undermines true marriage, and legal
recognition of homosexual unions actually does homosexual persons a disfavor by encouraging them to persist in what is an objectively immoral
arrangement. "When legislation in favor of the recognition of homosexual unions is proposed for the first time in a legislative assembly, the
Catholic lawmaker has a moral duty to express his opposition clearly and publicly and to vote against it. To vote in favor of a law
so harmful to the common good is gravely immoral" (UHP 10).