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November 3, 2012

Right to life stands apart among issues

NEW CASTLE — Editor The News:

“Thou Shalt Not Kill” and the other nine commandments should guide Christians in our daily lives, including when we vote.

Catholic Christians also rely on the Bible and the teachings of the church, such as these words of Pope John Paul II: “Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights — for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture — is false and illusory, if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination” (Christifideles Laici, 1988).

Pope Benedict XVI said: “Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. For example, if a Catholic were to be at odds with the Holy Father on the application of capital punishment or on the decision to wage war, he would not for that reason be considered unworthy to present himself to receive Holy Communion. While the Church exhorts civil authorities to seek peace, not war, and to exercise discretion and mercy in imposing punishment on criminals, it may still be permissible to take up arms to repel an aggressor or to have recourse to capital punishment. There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia,” written in July 2004 by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.

The right to life is not a single issue, nor is it one of many in a “seamless garment.” No other issue except abortion has killed over 55 million innocent, defenseless Americans. While these issues threaten or diminish human life, they do not kill over 3,300 innocent, defenseless Americans every day.

Diane Marcella

Meadowview Boulevard

New Castle

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