We have $162,320 to go in our Fall Campaign. Every penny is used to strengthen the Church. See details!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Protect all human life, Pope urges doctors

Catholic World News - September 20, 2013

“The first right of the human person is his life,” Pope Francis said at a September 20 meeting with members of the International Federal of Catholic Medical Associations.

The Pope asked the doctors to “bear witness to and disseminate the culture of life,” at a time when the medical profession shows signs of profound confusion about ethical standards. The Pope observed that today, “while new rights are attributed to or indeed almost presumed by the individual, life is not always protected as the primary value and the primordial right of every human being.”

"Every unborn child unjustly condemned to be aborted has the face of Jesus Christ," the Pope said. "And every elderly person, sick, or even at the end of his days, bears the face of Christ." Each human life is precious, he said; "you cannot discard!"

Decrying a “throwaway culture” that discards human beings when they are not considered valuable, the Pope said: “Our response to this mentality is a 'yes' to life, decisive and without hesitation.” He concluded with the observation that “there is no human life more sacred than another.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($162,320 to go):
$200,000.00 $37,679.72
81% 19%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Ken - Sep. 20, 2013 7:46 PM ET USA

    But the MSM just said the Pope told all Catholics yesterday to stop talking about abortion!! What's going on here?

Fall Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

A secret plot to control the Synod? No; it's not secret at all. 12 hours ago
What about Catholic affirmation for those in false marriages? 14 hours ago
Free eBook: Pope Francis' Catechesis on the Family October 7
The headlines say Gov. Brown is Catholic. He says he's not sure what that means. October 7
Archbishop predicts Synod won't change Church teaching. Why am I not reassured? October 7

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
In Cuba, Pope emphasizes service to the vulnerable, praises thaw in US-Cuban relations CWN - September 21
Pope challenges America in speech to US Congress CWN - September 24
As Synod opens, Pope calls on Church to defend ‘unity and indissolubility’ of marriage bond CWN - October 5