Direct killing of the person Our conscience judges it to be morally evil Self-defense – not directed at killing but defending one’s own life
Mercy killing Direct termination of life of a person due to an incurable illness Planned destruction of the mentally sick or deformed who are considered to be of no use to the society
By no means we are obliged to exert beyond our capacity to prolong life What is expected in the care and prolongation of life is the use of ordinary means.
“We are stewards of the gift of life granted us by God. Therefore, we must take ordinary means to preserve life such as medicines, treatments, and operations that can be obtained and used without excessive sacrifice or expense and when there is reasonable hope of benefit for the patient”. (CFC 1038)
1. Ordinary means2. Without Excessive sacrifice or expense3. Reasonable hope of recovery
When used to cure the sick with excessive sacrifice or expense and the hope of recovery is becoming more uncertain, we are not obliged to prolong the life of the sick person
Means can still be used within the financial ability and there is still hope of recovery, withdrawing the medication will be immoral
Willed ending of the person’s life based on mercy (for the pains the patient is going through) Not on the lack of ordinary means – the incapacity to sustain hospitalization financially, and the absence of hope to recover Thus, euthanasia is IMMORAL
Refers to the expulsion of the fetus from the maternal womb, spontaneously or induced, causing the death of the fetus
The expulsion is unintentional It is not willed
Is intended and willed to destroy the fetus and life Is immoral Crime, murder, an evil act
The Scripture specifies the prohibition contained in the fifth commandment: Do not slay the innocent and the righteous.
The deliberate murder of an innocent person is gravely contrary to the dignity of the human being, to the golden rule,and to the holiness of the Creator. The law forbidding it is universally valid: it obligeseveryone, always and everywhere.
Human life must b respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life
We are not to condemn them, or to judge them but to show them mercy and compassion through loving service and support.
Contrary to the law of Christ Killing ourselves does not show such love for ourselves and appreciation of life God has given us Contradicts the natural inclination of the human being to preserve and perpetuate his life
Gravely contrary to the just love of oneself Offends love of neighbor because it unjustly breaks the ties of solidarity with family, nation, and other human societies to which we continue to have obligations Contrary to the love of the living God
We reject God as Master of our life We deny the very presence of God as Life-giving Spirit We disobey God of His command to love ourselves We deprive others of our unique love and care that only we can share We refuse to accept the moral judgment of our conscience to do good and avoid evil
Great depression Loss of finding meaning to his/her life Poor relationship with parents, peers Feeling of social isolation and alienation Influence of illegal drugs Psychological disorder Experience of abuse (physical or sexual) Lack of sense of gratitude to God
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