The one is intended, the other is not.” 2264 Love toward oneself remains a fundamental principle of morality.
Therefore it is legitimate to insist on respect for one’s own right to life.
Someone who defends his life is not guilty of murder even if he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow: “If a man in self-defense uses more than necessary violence, it will be unlawful: whereas if he repels force with moderation, his defense will be lawful….
Nor is it necessary for salvation that a man omit the act of moderate self-defense to avoid killing the other man, since one is bound to take more care of one’s own life than of another’s.” (Both quotations, which we will look at again, are from St. Pope John Paul II gave the issue a more extensive treatment in his encyclical, March 25, 1995, Evangelium Vitae ## 54-55: 54.
As time passed, the Church’s Tradition has always consistently taught the absolute and unchanging value of the commandment “You shall not kill”.
It is a known fact that in the first centuries, murder was put among the three most serious sins along with apostasy and adultery and required a particularly heavy and lengthy public penance before the repentant murderer could be granted forgiveness and readmission to the ecclesial community. This should not cause surprise: to kill a human being, in whom the image of God is present, is a particularly serious sin. Yet from the beginning, faced with the many and often tragic cases which occur in the life of individuals and society, Christian reflection has sought a fuller and deeper understanding of what God’s commandment prohibits and prescribes.
We can’t just go out to dinner with other adults without planning ahead for a sitter.
Lorelei is a passionate Catholic Convert, mom to three, and wife to one. Let me preface these remarks with an account of my bartering with God before my conversion, because this connects with the title.
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