Regarding respect for human life and, in particular, respect for thee life of the unborn, isn't it a fact that many Christians are in open opposition to the Church?

Respect for human life is basic to the definition of Christian identity.1 To recognize the infinite value of every human individual is essential to all Christian morality, whatever its formulation. Recognizing this value is the very condition for participating in Christian morality. It's not a question of a choice left to each one's discretion within the Christian ethic. This truth, objectively established, is essentially the gateway to the whole of Christian morality.


  1. This thesis has been masterfully explained by Jean-Marie Hennaux, Le droit de l'homme à la vie, de la conception à la naissance (Brussels, Ed. de l'Institut d'Études Théologiques, 1993).

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