Tuesday 26 November 2013

My comment on Pope Francis's apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium

In "Evangelii Gaudium" (also see my blogpost earlier today) Pope Francis calls for a bold self-examination by Catholics of how consistent are their lives with the Gospel and with the Church's mission. This need was identified by Pope John Paul II in the context of the Gospel of Life, when he taught in Evangelium Vitae 95:
"With great openness and courage, we need to question how widespread is the culture of life today among individual Christians, families, groups and communities in our Dioceses."
In September, Pope Francis told Catholic doctors that promoting the sanctity of human life is
"a commitment of the New Evangelization".
So it is incumbent upon Catholics to both believe and spread those messages which are contingent on the Gospel of Life, such as the injustice of all abortions, the wrongness of euthanasia, and what Pope John Paul II called
"authentic education in sexuality, and in love, and the whole of life according to their true meaning and in their close interconnection".
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