Roman Catholic Church's Teachings on Abortion and Euthanasia
The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Human life is sacred. Explain
how this teaching influences its attitude to abortion and euthanasia,
showing that you understand other points of view. (You should refer to
the Bible, to the thinking/writing of Christians and Roman Catholic
tradition to illustrate and support what you say).
"The greatest gift of God, I would think is the gift of life. The
greatest sin of man, it would seem would be to return that gift,
ungratefully and unopened" John Powell in the Silent Holocaust
Christians believe that Human life is sacred. In today's society many
practices undermine this teaching daily, through the likes of
contraception, abortion, bullying, terrorism, war, euthanasia and
You only have to look at recent atrocities in the United States or the
increase in advertisements for contraception, to see examples of such
From all of the above you need to ask yourselves why, in fact, do
Christians believe human life is sacred? Well you get your answer from
various Old Testament teachings one of the first examples, is in the
10 commandments Moses received from God, the fifth one being "Thou
shall not kill".
New Testament teachings are for example 1 Corinthians 16:17 "I am
happy about the coming of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus; they
have made up for your absence" this quote shows the happiness shown
for everyone and anyone. Every miracle story in the bible shows Gods
love for all human life, all were life healing.
When the bible was written, the practices of abortion and euthanasia
were not widely available. We must look behind the words of these
teachings to the spirit of them and apply them today for example, New
Testament Luke 12:6-7 "Aren't five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet
not one sparrow is forgotten by God."
Euthanasia is the intentional ending of a life with the purpose of
relieving suffering. Euthanasia can be voluntary (at the request of
the individual) or involuntary, (without the consent of the
individual). To Christians "all life is sacred and a gift from God"
(genesis 1:27). Also they believe that God alone has the right to take
"I was born with nothing and I will die with nothing. The Lord gave
and now he has taken away" Job 1:21.
In the New Testament the writers encourage the Christians to look at
suffering in a positive way, "Trouble produces endurance, endurance
brings God's approval, and his approval creates hope." Romans 5:3-4
The Presbyterian Church chooses to emphasis care for the dying as
opposed to practising euthanasia. The church of Ireland believes that
no one has the right to take away the right to life, but they also
point out that if to continue the treatment of a patient is...