Catholic Social Teaching: Life Issues by Ebeth Weidner

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weidnerThere is something that has been bothering me for awhile lately. Being totally pro-life is a big issue, to what degree are we willing to live in regards to life issues? Here’s what I mean:

  1. Being pro-life means in no circumstance will one close the door to new life. No contraception should be used to prevent life and obviously no abortion or ‘day after’ pill are options. Being pro-life is practicing abstinence and natural family planning (NFP) to plan the family.
  2. Teaching all, especially children that abstinence is the only way to conduct oneself as an unmarried person. There is no other way to behave in this state of life to be completely aligned with God’s design.
  3. Respecting life at all phases from unborn to natural death. Allowing all to be happy, loved, and encouraged.
  4. Euthanasia should not be a ‘legal’ option for the elderly. Instead, families need to make them comfortable, loved, and well cared for.

This is a tall order that many are not willing to adhere. We have been taught the easier ways to tackle these issues. I do know that many are not willing to accept abstinence as the only way for fear of the consequences of naive thinking as I have been told.

What do you think? Please leave your comments.

Copyright 2009 Ebeth Weidner

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Ebeth Weidner, a Master Catechist and cradle Catholic who considers herself a Catholic information junkie, writes from her heart about the faith and hope she finds in the Catholic Church. She is the author of “A Catholic Mom Climbing the Pillars” blog. She is the wife of a research science Professor and mom to 3 great young people living on the coastal side of North Carolina.

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