Appleton, WI

Oct 2: Day by Day with Father Bill


-From Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility

Four Principles of Catholic Social Teaching
(I) The Dignity of the Human Person
(44) Human life is sacred. The dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. Direct attacks on innocent persons are never morally acceptable, at any stage or in any condition. In our society, human life is especially under attack from abortion, which some political actors mischaracterize as an issue of “women’s health.” Other direct threats to the sanctity of human life include euthanasia and assisted suicide (sometimes falsely labelled as “death with dignity”, human cloning, in vitro fertilization, and the destruction of human embryos for research.
(45) Catholic teaching about the diginity of life calls us to oppose torture, unjust war, and the indiscrimate use of drones for violent purposes; to prevent genocide and attacks against noncombatants; to oppose racism; to oppose human trafficking; and to overcome poverty and suffering. Nations are called to protect the right to life by seeking effective ways to combat evil and terror without resorting to armed conflicts except as a last resort afer all peaceful means have failed, and to end the use of he death penalty as a means of protecting society from violent crime. We revere the lives of children in the womb, the lives of persons dying in war and from starvation, and indeed the lives of all human beings as children of God. We stand opposed to these and all activities that contribute to what Pope Francis has called “a throwaway culture.”

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