Roman Catholic Church's Teachings on Abortion and Euthanasia Essay

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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…show more content…
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 life: "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 futile or hopeless, then it's not considered wrong to withhold that treatment. The Catholic Church condemns euthanasia 'morally unacceptable'. In Holland euthanasia isn't illegal, but is only acceptable under certain guidelines; the request may come only from the patient and must be entirely free and voluntary. The patient's request must

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