YEAR OF ST JOSEPH
8 DEC 2020 – 8 DEC 2021
Human Embryo ResearchWhether beginning by fertilisation or by cloning, a human embryo has all the genetic material and power to direct its own growth and development as a human being. Even in the laboratory, he or she already is and will remain a human being, worthy of respect and protection.
AbortionApproximately 85 000 unborn human beings die as a result of abortion each year in Australia. This is a tragic and staggering loss of human life. Abortion unjustly deprives a human being of the opportunity to grow and develop and experience all that life on earth has to offer.
EuthanasiaEvery human life, at every stage and in every condition, has dignity. This means that our value as a human person belongs to us simply because we are human beings, and that it can never be diminished by illness, disability, age or dependence.
“We [the Church] have a positive idea to offer, that man and woman are made for each other…that marriage develops, first of all as a joyful and blessing-filled encounter between a man and a woman, and then, the family, which guarantees continuity among generations and through which generations are reconciled to each other and even cultures can meet.”[I] – Benedict XVI
Marriage is the community formed by a man and a woman who publicly consent to share their whole lives in a faithful, exclusive sexual relationship that is open to the gift of children. Marriage, a vocation and a sacrament, was created and blessed by God for the mutual help, love and sanctification of man and woman and for the generation of children.
“The intimate partnership of life and the love which constitutes the married state has been established by the creator and endowed by him with its own proper laws. . . . For God himself is the author of marriage.” – Gaudium et Spes, 48.