Respect for Human Life

“Respect Life.” We see it all around us, often as a kind of slogan. The phrase appears on bumper stickers, billboards, march signs, and the like. If one peruses Article 5 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which focuses on the Fifth Commandment “Thou shall not kill,” he or she will encounter an incredible range of topics: dignity of every human person, questions about self-defense, validity/invalidity of the death penalty, homicide (intentional and unintentional), abortion, euthanasia, suicide, war, peace, and the list goes on. Very often, discussions along these lines tend to split the one issue into many. We can frequently make the mistake of treating “life issues” as unrelated or, a

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