"It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish." Mother Teresa St. Vincent Ferrer is a parish that is firmly committed to uphold and defend the dignity of all human life from conception until natural death. Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of their existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you. Jerimiah 1:5
Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. this teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law.
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Those whose lives are diminished or weakend desrve special respect. Sick or handicapped persons should be helped to lead lives as normal as possible. Even if death is thought imminent, the ordinary care owed to a sick person cannot be legitimately interupted. The use of painkillers to allieviate the suffering of the dying, even at the risk of shortening their days, can be morally in conformity with human dignity if death is not willed either as and end or a means, but only forseen and tolerated as inevitable. Pallitative care is a special form of disinterested charity. "When I was sick you came and visited me." Jesus
Suicide Everyone is responsible for their life before God who has given it to them. It is God who remains the sovereign Master of life. We are obliged to accept life gratefully and preserve it for his honor and the salvation of our souls. We are stewards, not owners, of the life God has entrusted to us. It is not ours to dispose of. We should not dispair of the eternal salvation of persons who have taken their own lives. By ways known to Him alone, God can provide the opportunity for salutary repentance. The Church prays for persons who have taken their own lives.
Legitimate public authority has the right and the duty to inflict punishment proportionate to the gravity of the offense. Punishment had the primary aim of redressing the disorder introduced by the offense. Punishment then , in addition to defending publice order and protecting people's safety, has a medicinal purpose: as far as possilbe, it must contribute to the correction of the guilty party. Assuming that the guilty party's identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty. If, however non lethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people's safety from the aggressor, authority will limit itself to such means, as these are more in keeping with the concrete conditions of the common good and more in conformity with the dignity of the human person.
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