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Pope urges doctors to witness to sanctity of life, calls abortion and euthanasia “sins against God”

by | Nov 17, 2014


By Dave Andrusko

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

In a speech on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors last Saturday, Pope Francis told an audience of 4,000 physicians that abortion and euthanasia are “sins against God,” examples of what he called “false compassion.”

“The Pope warned the physicians present that they have a duty to view life as ‘sacred, valuable, and inviolable,’” according to correspondent David Oatney. “He declared that every human being is made in the image and likeness of God, and thus every life is sacred, no matter what a person’s condition or prognosis might be.“

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The official transcript from Vatican Radio shows a Pontiff using a kind of call and response to explain what he has told people in his many years as a priest when they question various church teachings:

“But tell me, why the Church is opposed to abortion, for example? Is it a religious problem?”

No, no. It is not a religious problem.

“Is it a philosophical problem?”

No, it is not a philosophical problem. It’s a scientific problem, because there is a human life there, and it is not lawful to take out a human life to solve a problem.

“But no, modern thought…”

But, listen, in ancient thought and modern thought, the word ‘kill’ means the same thing. The same evaluation applies to euthanasia: we all know that with so many old people, in this culture of waste, there is this hidden euthanasia.

Pope Francis reminded the assembled Catholic physicians there is no hierarchy of human value

In fact, in the light of faith and right reason, human life is always sacred and always “of quality.” There is no human life that is more sacred than another – every human life is sacred – just as there is no human life qualitatively more significant than another

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