Abortion, why does it exist? By: A. San Pedro

“It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.”

-Mother Theresa

Abortion is defined as deliberately destroying of a human pregnancy, basically related to murder but expected in time, mainly the first 28 days of pregnancy. Abortion is a choice between deciding your child’s life to be spared or killed while its body is being developed inside the mother’s womb. How does it work? To sum it up they remove the embryo which has the child inside, then they kill it just like that; but during this operation women must follow a set of requirements before heading to the operation. They must not eat, drink or smoke, 6 hours before the operation, must bring your referral letter, blood group card and an arrangement to drive back home.

Why give abortion to a child so innocent? Well there are many reasons that are quite traumatizing in my eyes and some that have such a bad taste.

Women who are raped are left with a decision to spare or kill their future child which is a complex issue and a problem to the Catholic Church and the ethics of religion. Although it doesn’t put others into an emotional breakdown but woman who are affected by this problem are left traumatized or emotionally sick.

Education is personally private for a young teenager to bear with. Teenagers ageing 17 to 18 are in the stages of graduation but if pregnancy comes into the way, they are forced to skip school and end to support the child instead. The Government then funds you and your child, plus given advice from veteran parents on how to handle their own child.

According to Exodus Chapter 20:30: “The Ten Commandments” tells the story of Moses travelling to Mount Sinai alone to receive the gift of God, The Ten Commandments is basically the word of God written in 2 stone slabs by his hand. One of the Ten Commandments says: “Thou shall not murder” explaining that you shall not kill whether a man, woman or child with any type of reason since they are God’s creation and murdering it means that God’s piece of creation was a waste.

The Catholic Church refuses the act of abortion since it kills a child and ends up as murder. According to the Bible, the Book of Numbers in the Old Testament says little bit of Abortion, it is an ordeal of jealously that has been administered by a priest of a wife whose husband thinks that she is unfaithful of her future child.

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A full description of abortion.

From the Bible’s sources Genesis 1:28, God commanded that our first parents will “Be fertile and multiply” Why did he do that? Because God himself is fertile. Another Bible reference Genesis 4:1: When the first mother brought forth the first child, she exclaimed, “I have brought forth a man with the help of the Lord

God created us with his hands, he gave us personalities, gave us gifts, life, knowledge, willpower and love. If we had a chance to breath in this world why can’t we let others live? This is my question to you.

Mother Theresa quotes one thing about Abortion:

“I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is ‘Abortion’, because it is a war against the child… A direct killing of the innocent child, ‘Murder’ by the mother herself… And if we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love… And we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts…”

-Mother Theresa

 

Links:

Mother Theresa’s quotes

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/abortion

Bible teachings on abortion:

http://www.priestsforlife.org/articles/4376-the-bibles-teaching-against-abortion

Bible parables:

The Ten Commandments:

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+20

Women’s reasons of abortion:

http://womensissues.about.com/od/reproductiverights/a/AbortionReasons.htm

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Our Environment: Our Responsibility by G. Vallido

“The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” —Lady Bird Johnson

 

The environment is one thing that is shared between all who have set foot on Earth. The Earth’s significance transcends the boundaries of religion, race, gender & even time itself. What we do with this planet today will affect the people of tomorrow; therefore, it is everyone’s responsibility to look after the environment to their best ability.

 

Because of the environment’s inclusive nature, the Catholic Church as well as the people of the secular world share the same view towards the responsibility of caring for the environment. These two groups share the same goal, but have different reasons as to why they believe that Earth should be looked after.

 

From a secular point of view, the environment should be maintained & looked after because of numerous ethical and scientific reasons. Sustainability is popular because people desire a world where the air is clean and without smog; where the planet is beautiful & landfill and pollution free; and where animals are thriving and surviving. What society wants is a world where their children can live and appreciate the beauty of nature.

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The Catholic Church, among other ethical issues, shares this perspective of the environment & the responsibility associated with it. However the Catholic Church has some additional reasoning behind the care of the environment, which distinguishes their perspective from others.

 

“We must respect the integrity of all Creation” – Catechism of the Catholic Church #2415

 

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Base upon the Genesis account, Catholics believe that the Universe, and everything in it was created by God, with the intention for good. God being the Creator, created humanity along with the environment, and had given humanity dominion over the earth’s resources (Gen. 1:28). God had gave us this dominion so that we may care for His Creation; to be stewards of this beautiful gift.

 

Because of this belief of being assigned the role of “Steward of Creation”, it is considered by Catholics that polluting the environment is a dishonour towards God, since it goes against God’s command to look after Creation.

 

Also, the Catholic Church believes that the Earth should be looked after because of Catholic Social Teaching. The Catholic Church Social Teaching sums up the teaching of the Church on issues of justice between groups in society. Teaching draws on sources of insight used in Catholic ethics; such as Scripture, reason, tradition and experience. Its primary principle is dignity of the human person, which surrounds other principles such as common good, participation and subsidiarity.

 

The Catholic Church would support the care of the environment since it is concurrent with the Catholic Social Teaching principles. The most relevant principle is the tenth, which is “Care of Creation”. This principle demands that the earth is to be looked after since the Earth is God’s gift & all species have a rightful place in it. Another is the principle of common good . Since the goods of creation are intended for the common good of all living things, it would be considered right to look after Creation, so all may enjoy it. Lastly, the principle of participation closely relates to sustainability. Sustainability is all about preserving and using environmental resources to avoid depleting them. By living sustainably, the future generations will be able to participate in delighting in Creation.


I believe that the Earth should be looked after not only since God has given humanity the duty to look after His Creation, but for reasons such as the preservation of plant and animal life; the prevention of smog and health issues, and the ability to provide the future generations with environmental resources.

 

A video about the Earth Hour Movement & Spider Man being the first superhero ambassador for the world initiative: Here

What the Bible says about the Environment: Here

Is cloning really necessary in this time?……By: hi im Andrew

Cloning, defined as the process of producing similar populations of genetically identical individuals that mainly occurs in nature when organisms such as bacteria, insects or plants reproduce asexually. Cloning in biotechnology terms refers in processes used to create copies of DNA fragments from the original source or organisms. This term also goes towards the production of multiple copies of a product such as technology for starters, which reflects on digital media or software; but why clone animals if they can just reproduce an offspring?

Well the truth is that scientist are trying to protect endangered animals from its extinction. Animals such as pandas, Rhinos, ferrets and various amounts of animals, mainly in the south East Asian area. Right now scientist hasn’t thought on considering on making research on non-endangered animals. What gave motivation to scientist on cloning animals was the famous experiment on Dolly the sheep back in 1996. Dolly was produced through reproductive cloning; reproductive cloning is genetic duplication of an existing organism particularly transferring the nucleus of somatic cell of the organism into an enucleated oocyte. Sadly Dolly died at the age of 6, which is half of the normal age of an ordinary sheep, Dolly died through arthritis and lung tumour. If this is the reason for scientist to clone animals, then what is the purpose of cloning humans?

The scientific purpose for cloning humans is mainly on curing the incurable, to cure cancer, to help people who are infertile. Scientist have been researching humans for quite a while now. Their main objective is to find the solution for incurable diseases and cancer, they research health and blood of a human; for the most part they research the cell of the human that has been contacted with cancer. Scientist investigate the cancer cell and how it changes the blood cell of a human body.

Infertile, is defined as unable to produce, unable to produce child. People who are infertile are currently suffering. Being infertile is very devastating for all of us.

What Christians believe with cloning is really an undesirable act from science. Christians believe that God gave us human beings to have the responsibility to be good stewards of our world. What it means is taking care of our planet and humans that are living within it. Christians believe that scientist just play around with genetics of a human and somehow play a role of God making them not good of a steward.

Pope Benedict XVI, condemns human cloning and its lead to its so-called “benefits”. The leader of many Roman Catholics said that scientist should be guilty for their actions and offences against human dignity and also using it as “Biological matter”. The Pope wishes the end of it; but science advances way too quickly for the Pope’s intervention to ever stop cloning. He also said about the church developing ‘new problems’ about the fact of freezing embryos, designing babies, stem cell research and the bold attempts of human cloning.

In my opinion cloning can be a solution to endangered animals especially rhinos and pandas; but I still think its quite useless to clone endangered animals in order to keep its population steady. If a type of animal is close to extinction, the only thing better is to breed the type. I agree to the views from Christians, they specially explain about dignity and God; however science has its reasons and scientist have ambitions in either curing incurable cancer or diseases or helping the endangered animals. To put this in conclusion, Science and Religion do not mix together.

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Dolly the sheep (Successfully cloned)

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A description of human cloning.

Dolly the sheep:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolly_(sheep)

Reason for scientist cloning animals:

http://www.centreofthecell.org/centre/?page_id=176

Pope’s view:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-511554/Pope-condemns-human-cloning-stem-cell-research.html

Christians view:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_views_on_cloning

Relating to this topic:

http://www.religioustolerance.org/clo_reac.htm

http://www.americancatholic.org/News/cloning/default.asp

Cloning humans:

http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/cloning/whyclone/

http://www.humancloning.org/allthe.php

The Environment, our home in ruins… By Blogger Christopher T.

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Picture this.

Adam and Eve, free to frolic about in the beautiful, lush, vibrant garden and given the role to look after the precious ecosystem. All the living creatures are free from disease, death and suffering. Eve picks up this large, ripe fruit after being tempted by an odd-looking, elongated serpent. Eve takes a bite from it and Adam takes a bite after. Adam and Eve becomes more worried on how they are seen rather than caring for the garden. God banishes them from paradise.

Now stop imagining.

Look at us now. We have become Adam and Eve’s true descendants. We are more worried about ourselves and our own personal image that now, humanity is literally ‘vacuum-cleaning’ the Earth dry of raw materials to fuel our own consumption, our own desires. The environment is affected through deforestation, pollution, Climate Change, desertification, Rising Sea levels, Coral Bleaching, Mass extinction of endangered species, Mining, Genetical engineering,  overfishing, poaching, soil degradation and garbage disposal issues just to name a few. In case one is unaware, Climate Change is when long-term change affects the Earth’s temperature and climate.

Pollution is produced to meet our energy needs.

Pollution is produced as waste while meeting our energy needs.

How does society view the environment?

Most people in society agree that the environment isn’t looking too good. Those who believe that the environment is falling apart blame rich companies, factories, the government, society and human beings for Global warming.  Those who believe that the environment is alright tends to blame scientists for fabricating a story like Global warming for research money however, those that don’t believe in Global Warming are likely to be rich company owners, conservatives in government and people with little understanding or who choose to ignore the matter. The one thing that is clear is that most in the world see that the environment has problems affecting it’s ecosystem and that it is up to humans to clean up their own mess.

churchwindWhat does the Catholic Church say about environmental matters?

The Catholic Church sees the Global Warming and other environmental problems as issues that needs to be dealt with. In the Bible, Genesis from Chapter 1 to the end of chapter 2, it states how God created everything in six days and rested on the seventh. From the Heavens and Earths, to the Creatures of the air and the sea, It was here in the Bible that we are given order over all things ‘Created’. The Catechism states that in section 327 summarising the Creation of the world in Genesis. Sections 338 to 339 goes on to talk in detail about God’s creation, our relationship with the Creator and the ‘Created’, and how we and other created works originated. For example, the creatures governed by instinct today were in fact creatures that had once possessed perfection.

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” –Genesis 2:15

And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” –Genesis 1:28

In the verses above, it states the original purpose of why humans were created; to serve and tend the garden of Eden.  To look after it and be stewards of the Earth. Being beings governed by free will and morality, we are given God’s image and likeness which is the Dignity of the human person; to allow us to be able to experience the fullness of majesty and wonder  of God’s creation.

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”- Genesis 1:26

“But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female” –Mark 10:6

Looking at Mark 10:6, Jesus had known that everything Created had a role, a responsibility. Mark Chapter 10 at whole was  talking about certain moral issues like divorce and adultery. The Pharisees asked Jesus on divorce and claim to settle the issue when relating it to when Moses allowed divorce, whilst Jesus replied that men and women all have a role and that God has a plan.  Hence, God made men and women in the beginning for a certain purpose which was to love each other. It is God who had the intent of creating a plan and giving husband and wife a role which is the same plan that governs the role and interconnectedness of  the ecosystem.

My opinion

As Christians, we should in fact be trying in every way possible to salvage and save God’s Creation from catastrophe. To encourage groups like the Salvation Army or Greenpeace to find  a way to contribute to the saving of the Earth. As said in the Bible, we are created for the reason of caring for the Earth.  Our dominion over all other life forms gives  us power and responsibility. Thereby I’d like to conclude with a quote from Spiderman, “With great power, Comes great responsibility”.

A video on what Pope Francis says about the protecting the environment and fighting evil.

A clip on God’s Creation by the Movie Noah (2014)

Links:

For more on the Catechism on God’s Creation, Click Here.

For more on the Bible and what it has to say on the environment, Click Here.

For more on what companies like shell think about the environment, Click Here.

An in depth article on the Catholic Church’s view on the environment, Press Here.

For more on Christianity’s relationship with the idea of environmentalism, Click Here.

For a larger of idea of how Evangelicals take action to help the environment, Click on this Evangelical Organisation link.

In Vitro Fertilisation …By Alex Ritchie

So What Exactly is In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)?

In Vitro Fertilisation, or mostly known as IVF, is the method used to manually combine an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish for fertilisation. Once the egg is fully fertilised, it is them placed back into the uterus hoping for a successful pregnancy. A basic explanation for In Vitro Fertilisation is having a baby without sexual contact.The success rate of In Vitro Fertilisation according to IVFAustralia

IVF does not have a 100% rate but actually is only 50% for women under 30 and 20% for women under 40. IVF also cost a massive amount of money and can be around $3000, success or no success either way you pay. Lastly IVF can cause some health risks including OHSS (ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome).

What does the Catholic Church have to say about this?

The Catholic Church sees IVF as gravely immoral. Firstly, the church is against it because it removes the act of love between husband and wife with God to conceive a child and instead. Secondly, this is not natural. God created us to make love our partner and in reward receive a child, He didn’t create us so biologist can perform this so called In Vitro Fertilisation on us.

Section 2376 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church says “Techniques that entail the dissociation of husband and wife, by the intrusion of a person other than the couple (donation of sperm or ovum, surrogate uterus), are gravely immoral. These techniques (heterologous artificial insemination and fertilization) infringe the child’s right to be born of a father and mother known to him and bound to each other by marriage. They betray the spouses’ “right to become a father and a mother only through each other”.

After reading what the Catechism of the Catholic Church has to say we now know that, the sperm used is obtained by masturbation, which the church sees as immoral. Secondly, if the male or/and the female is sterile then the sperm or/and egg used could be donated by a stranger which is immoral because it can be seen as adultery. Overall, the Catholic Church is against In Vitro Fertilisation because the birth of the child should be seen as a gift.

My Thought on In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF).

I also see IVF as unnatural. For example, you don’t see animals going to a lab and doing this. I understand that some people just can’t have children because of age or an illness but they should just keep praying to God and hope that He answers their prayers. A good example is the story of Abraham, for those who don’t know the story of Abraham click here. Abraham was promised by God that Sarah (Abraham’s wife) would bore a child even though she was barren. If I was sterile and my wife wanted a child, I wouldn’t want IVF because I would know that the child she carries wouldn’t be mine. To sum it up, you should trust in God and hope that He might give you the gift of life.

“The children we bring into the world are small replicas of ourselves and our husbands; the pride and joy of grandfathers and grandmothers. We dream of being mothers, and for most of us that dreams are realised naturally. For this is the Miracle of Life.”― Azelene Williams

Want to know more about IVF in Australia 

http://ivf.com.au/

Here is a IVF story

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/nov/16/30000-ivf-for-baby-didnt-want

The silent rights of an unborn fetus – Elias Draybi

WARNING images may contain extremely graphical content 

Abortion, the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy by the act of removing the embryo or fetus. 

Yes we’ve all seen women fighting for the right to abort by exclaiming “it’s my body. I do what I want” but this statement is in fact completely wrong. Women have rights toward their own body, correct, but what about the other body, the one that belongs to God?  When its time for that baby to leave earth, that becomes God’s call, not the call of seventy thousand women each and every year.

 

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“As for the son you will conceive and bear, no razor shall touch his head, for this boy is to be consecrated to God from the womb” – Judges 13:5

How do people have the heart to murder a poor child because it meets their satisfaction? Why is it illegal to kill 298 innocent people in an airplane explosion but completely legal to abort an innocent child in not one, but one hundred and ninety-one countries around the world. It’s not ok to kill a human by bullet but killing an unborn human is fine? Pathetic. Women don’t realise how their choices can affect the people around them, Imagine Obama’s’ mother, at no stage in her pregnancy days did she know that her son was going to become the first ever African american president of the United States. What if she had aborted him?

The Catholic Church opposes from all types and forms of abortion that are intended to end a baby’s life. Although, there is one form of abortion the church allows, that is if the mothers life and the babies lives are at state and only one gets to live.

The Church considers the destruction of any embryo to be equivalent to abortion, and thus opposes embryonic stem cell research.

‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’ – John 15:13 Ey9GQ_

For anybody who has aborted a child and know that what they have done is wrong the Catholic Church still welcomes you with open arms and assure forgiveness.

Pope John Paul ll wrote: “I would now like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Certainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly. If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation“.

“The word of the Lord came to me thus: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you” (Jeremiah 1:4-5)


At the end of the day whether a person is big, small, fat, pretty, Muslim, Catholic, Australian or American we are all humans and we all have equal rights! Please stop aborting and give that little guy a chance at life.

Capital Punishment or life? By Blogger Christopher T.

Taking only fifty seven minutes, Joseph Wood was executed by law for the committing of two murders in 1989. On the 23rd of July 2014, he became one of the many criminals to be punished by the Death penalty in Arizona, USA. In the Middle East, women are seen as inferior to men and women are still being stoned to death by their male counterparts for being disloyal. In last year alone, 778 people were put to death in 22 countries and that’s excluding China; which is estimated to have executed more people than all other countries that have the death penalty combined, according to Amnesty international.

Firstly, What is Capital Punishment and how is it brought about?

Capital punishment is ‘the killing of an individual as a form of punishment for one’s crimes and is authorised legally’, paraphrasing the Oxford dictionary. The Death penalty is debated heavily on whether if the law has a right to punish those by death for one’s crimes. However, many see this form of punishment as unethical, uncivilised and something of the past. In case one is curious, this form of punishment can be performed via an injection of a lethal drug able to kill; a firing squad to kill entire groups; an electric chair that can fry one’s internal organs; by hanging which can strangle the criminal to death or by guillotine which could decapitate someone’s head clean off just to name a few.

How punishment is brought about...

Does anyone deserve this?

 

Who is said to deserve the Death Penalty?

A criminal who has committed a heinous crime whether in the murdering of others or inflicted mass atrocities is said to deserve such a punishment however the Death Penalty varies  in different countries depending on the law, religion or society’s specific worldview in a specific time period. Capital Punishment has been performed countless times throughout history to bring about the law and justice. For example, Jesus Christ was punished by the Romans for being considered to stir up trouble hence Jesus suffered crucifixion; the normal punishment of the time period .

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What does the Catholic Church say about punishment via death?

The Catholic church has had a history of mixed views on the issue of sentencing one to death. Presently, the Church is leaning towards an abolition of the death penalty for the dignity of the human person as stated by the Catholic Catechism in section 1700 of section 1. Being created in the God’s image and likeness does not gives us a reason to kill others regardless of what they have done. Scripture backs this up through Genesis 1:27. The fifth commandment of the ten commandments in Exodus 20:13 says ‘Thou shalt not kill’ implying that any form of killing, even by the law, is seen by God as still killing a human being. Clement of Rome and Justin Martyr both forbid killing as a means to enforce the law.

“When God forbids us to kill, he not only prohibits the violence that is condemned by public laws, but he also forbids the violence that is deemed lawful by men. Thus it is not lawful for a just man to engage in warfare, since his warfare is justice itself. Nor is it [lawful] to accuse anyone of a capital offense. It makes no difference whether you put a man to death by word, or by the sword. It is the act of putting to death itself which is prohibited. Therefore, regarding this precept of God there should be no exception at all. Rather it is always unlawful to put to death a man, whom God willed to be a sacred creature.”

Lactantius of 260 to 330 AD wrote this in his book ‘The Divine Institutes’ of book 6, chapter 20.

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To discuss this issue, we must discuss the core Christian concept of why we commit crimes.  Simply we have inherited sin; the church preaches that all have sinned, all have fallen short of the God’s standard. This is stated by Saint Paul in Romans 3:23. Thereby, even if one doesn’t commit a crime, he has sinned in his heart and in his thoughts. If one has hatred towards another, one has already murdered in his heart.  It is evident that the reason why Jesus came into this world was to forgive all sins including atrocious acts for God understands that we are sinners. We justs needs us to admit to them. The best verse summarising our sins was John 3:16.

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“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 

-what Jesus said in Matthew 5:43-45 calling upon us to love our enemies, forgive them and hope for the best for them.

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An interesting point seemingly placed to make one feel intrigued by why we are to kill to bring justice.

Those punished for witchcraft were sentenced to death and hanged.

Those punished for witchcraft were sentenced to death and hanged.

 On the contrary, the Church has at some point in time allowed Capital punishment.

There is a whole history in the Medieval age of gruesome contraption designed to punish and kill. Contraptions for drowning; stakes for burning*; poisons for poisoning*; ropes for hanging* and axes for decapitating*  just to keep order in the realms of the past. People like Thomas Aquinas and Saint Augustine had a stance on Capital Punishment to deter the wicked and look after the innocent.

This is apparent in St. Augustine’s book The City of God, Book 1, Chapter 21; The same divine authority that forbids the killing of a human being establishes certain exceptions, as when God authorises killing by a general law or when He gives an explicit commission to an individual for a limited time.”  

The Catechism also states in section 2265, a reason behind Capital Punishment as a grave duty for defence for the lives of others.

2265 Legitimate defence can be not only a right but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others. The defence of the common good requires that an unjust aggressor be rendered unable to cause harm. For this reason, those who legitimately hold authority also have the right to use arms to repel aggressors against the civil community entrusted to their responsibility.  

 

If you don’t understand Section 2265, watch the video for more on what the Catholic Church says on the Death Penalty. Please consider watching the video above and think about the matter and on the Catholic Church’s perspective.

 

Hence, where does this place the Catholic Church?

The Church just like secular society is mixed on the view of the Death Penalty. One side supports that every human has dignity and that it isn’t our calling to end one’s life. However, those who agree with the Death Penalty points out that Capital punishment is an effective way to deter people from doing wicked crimes. What has to be made known is that the church like culture, human understanding and human morality is changing and is continuing to change as time progresses. Leaning more away from the Death Penalty, Pope Francis insists that the death penalty compromises human dignity and St. Pope John Paul II states offenders should be always offered life over death; to be given other punishment rather than death.

My Opinion on the Death Penalty and the ever evolving daughter that is the Church…

I am seeing that since Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, all sins are forgiven if one asks for forgiveness. The Catholic Church should be seen as a changing entity, not a fixed element. Just as a daughter is ever changing in the eyes of the father, the church however great or however bold in it’s thinking, is the Father’s daughter and sometimes the daughter thinks of one thing or another like whether she likes something or something else different. This metaphor describes the ever-changing church as a growing daughter who tries to expand in her worldview and learning in the steps of the father, not the narrow-mindedness of an establishment.

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Executioner_3 Links:

For more statistics on Capital punishment by Amnesty international, click here.

For more on an article regarding world statistics on the Death penalty, click here.

For more on the story of Joseph Wood and other criminals who were executed, click here.

For more on the death penalty in China, click here.

For more on who Justin Martyr is, how he’d became the first Martyr and how one can learn from the church fathers, click this link.

For more on the Early Church’s view on the death penalty, click here.

For more on the Christian’s view of Capital Punishment by the BBC, click here.

For more on the Secular view of the death penalty, click here.

For more on the dignity of the human person and what the Catechism has to say, click here.

For more on the respect of the human dignity and issues raised in the Catechism, click on the link.

For more on modern methods to execute, click here.

For more on St. Pope John Paul II take on the death penalty, click here.

An  article on Pope Francis’ meeting with Sudanese Woman who was sentenced to death and then freed.

*No links added for death penalty in Medieval ages. If you want to know how the people in the Medieval age execute, google it yourself.

Abortion, more like Murder! …By Alex Ritchie

So What Exactly is Abortion and why they do it?

Abortion is the deliberate killing of a fetus during human pregnancy. Most people choose the path of abortion when they have a unwanted pregnancy, mostly caused from unprotected sex. Many of the people who choose abortion are usually young and can’t afford to take care of the child so instead they just terminate it. Women also choose abortion when they find out the baby has a birth defect. Should you really end a life of a future baby because of those reasons?

                                               An example of abortion

Why is it Murder?

I believe that abortion is Murder and many might not agree with me, Why? They believe the baby isn’t alive yet because it hasn’t been born yet, well that’s just stupid if you ask me. Tree’s and flowers are classified as living because they grow. When the Baby is in the Uterus its growing, so why do some people believe its not alive and also the baby’s heart is also beating while its in the womb. James 2:26 tells us “Since from the time of conception the child’s body is alive (as shown by the fact it is growing)”. Now that we can say that the baby is alive, we can also say the baby is being murdered.

What does the Catholic Church have to say about this?

Firstly, just to continue with what I said above, the Catholic Church is against abortion because it’s murder and we all know that one of the Ten Commandments is ‘Thou Shalt not murder’. God has created every single one of us, even the unborn baby. He planned that the baby was to be born and planned that he/she would live and planned when he/she would die. The Catholic Church believes that we should play God, for example, ends someones life before God intended to,which is what we are doing to the unborn baby.

We have already discussed how abortion is caused by unwanted pregnancy but why was the pregnancy unwanted. One example for unwanted pregnancy could be failed protective sex and why would a married couple have unprotected sex, so that means the couple were not married and we all know the Catholic Church is against sex before marriage.

 

My Thought on Abortion.

I agree with the Catholic Church and believe that we should not allow abortion anymore. Life is the most beautiful thing in the world and the best thing that ever happens to someone is being born so why stop the baby from not being born. How could someone even think about having a abortion when adoption is always an option. To sum up everything, abortion is a crime, it’s a sin and no one should ever think about going down that road and should try to avoid unwanted pregnancy.

 “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.” -Mother Teresa

“How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?” -George Carlin

 

Want to know more about Abortion?

http://www.reference.com/browse/abortion

Here’s some facts about Abortion

http://www.abortionfacts.com/ 

Read some stories about Abortion

http://myabortionmylife.org/pages/sharing-our-stories.php

Euthanasia, is it right or wrong? By Alex Ritchie

Euthanasia and what exactly is it?

We all hate suffering, right, but later it just goes away. Now imagine feeling the same painful suffering but it never goes away because you have a incurable disease. Would you continue with your suffering or will you get it over with and tell the doctor to pull the plug. Well this is a basic definition of Euthanasia.  Now you might think its their choice if they want to, basically, commit suicide. Even if they ask the doctor to end their life it was their intention, it’s like asking someone to push you off a bridge.

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What does the Catholic Church have to say about this?

The Church believes that we don’t have the right to ‘Play God’. Deuteronomy 32:39 “It is I who bring both death and life”. We all know that the catholic church is against murder and isn’t suicide murdering yourself which makes Euthanasia suicide and therefore Euthanasia is murder.The Catechism of the Catholic Church (2277) states “Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable”.

If the patient is going through intense pain, he should see this pain as a test from God. Maybe the test was that if you go through this suffering until the end of your life then God will reward you eternity without suffering but if you choose to end your life before God intended to then he might not reward you and you wont be sure where you might go when you die, which to me is scary.

The Catholic Church believes that if we allow handicapped, sick, or dying people to just end their lives that Euthanasia would be taken for granted and that people who don’t have such serious injuries or might have mental problems that they might see Euthanasia as an option. Have you ever watched Futurama, well they have a suicide booth where you go in put a few cents in the booth and the booth will end your life, that is what the Catholic Church fears. They want us to cherish our life and live it the way God intend and to die the way God intended.

My thoughts on Euthanasia

After Researching I was able to learn much more about Euthanasia than i thought. Euthanasia is wrong and should never be allowed. God planned your life before you were born, He knows whats going to happen to you and does it for a reason, like i said before it’s probably a test. My mum once told me ‘never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known god’ so if I once end up with a incurable disease I should trust that God knows what his doing instead of going through Euthanasia.

“Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. There may be legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not… with regard to abortion and euthanasia.”
―Pope Benedict XVI

A video about Euthanasia 


 

For more on the Catholic Catechism on Euthanasia

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s2c2a5.htm

To find out more about Euthanasia 

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/182951.php

Surrogacy… Betrayal? by G. Vallido.

Surrogacy is defined as “The practice by which a woman (called a surrogate mother) becomes pregnant and gives birth to a baby in order to give it to someone who cannot have children.”  Surrogacy is a practice that is most commonly performed for couples who either have medical issues that make pregnancy not possible or risky, or male same sex couples. Surrogacy is a complex arrangement which involves medical, emotional, financial and legal issues for all those involved. The concept of surrogacy has a variety of standpoints from varying groups in society.

 

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Most people from a secular standpoint believe that the practice of surrogacy as permissible, since it enables couples who can not have children  to experience parenthood. These people argue that without the process, they wouldn’t be able to have the joys of having children.

The Catholic Church however, strongly opposes this practice.

The Catholic Church Social Teaching sums up the teaching of the Church on issues of justice between groups in society. Teaching draws on sources of insight used in Catholic ethics; such as Scripture, reason, tradition and experience. Its primary principle is dignity of the human person, which surrounds other principles such as common good, participation and subsidiarity.

It would seem that the Catholic Church would support surrogacy because it enables the participation in parenthood, forms community between the child and parents; and is beneficial to all parties and involved (since it gives the child the experience of life and the parents at parenthood. However, the Catholic Church believes that surrogacy is  gravely and morally incorrect since it “infringes the child’s right to be born of a father and mother known to him and bound to each other by marriage” and “ betrays the spouses’ right to become a father and a mother only through each other.” This belief is based upon the Catechism of the Catholic Church, in Article Six, Section 2376.

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 I believe that this stance is somewhat interesting, knowing that the practice of surrogacy has been performed even in the early chapters of the Bible; namely, Genesis 16. In this account, Abram (who is referred to as Abraham later in Genesis), went into Hagar in order to produce a son for his wife Sarah, who could not give birth to a son at that time. Hagar was Abraham’s concubine; a wife of a lower status. Therefore, Abraham did not commit adultery because Hagar was given to Abraham through marriage. This case of surrogacy is different to modern surrogacy, since it was within the bounds of marriage.

Since I believe that the Word of God is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, (see 2 Timothy 3:16) I believe that the process of surrogacy is permissible only in certain circumstances. The practice is not acceptable if a man was to have sexual relations with a surrogate mother who is not his wife, or woman to a man who was not her husband. This would be considered as adultery since it is outside the bounds of marriage. It would also be considered adulterous if a man’s sperm were to be deposited into a woman who is not his wife without sexual intercourse, since his seed would make a woman who his wife pregnant.

I believe that the practice of surrogacy is acceptable in the case where a pre-fertilized egg that isn’t involved with killing of other fertilized eggs is implanted into the woman, or where it is within the bounds of marriage (however, polygamy is rare in today’s society).

 

For a similar stance by the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry, click here

For a greater understanding on polygamy and the Old Testament godly men, click here