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John Paul II: Be unconditionally, actively and unreservedly pro-life
June 17, 2007, 9:51 pm
Filed under: Evangelium Vitae

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In Evangelum Vitae (The Gospel of Life) John Paul II is not afraid to use the term pro-life – in fact he calls us to be unconditionally, actively and unreservedly pro-life:

“This situation, with its lights and shadows, ought to make us all fully aware that we are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the “culture of death” and the “culture of life”. We find ourselves not only “faced with” but necessarily “in the midst of” this conflict: we are all involved and we all share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro-life.” (#29)

“The Gospel of life is for the whole of human society. To be actively pro-life is to contribute to the renewal of society through the promotion of the common good. It is impossible to further the common good without acknowledging and defending the right to life, upon which all the other inalienable rights of individuals are founded and from which they develop. A society lacks solid foundations when, on the one hand, it asserts values such as the dignity of the person, justice and peace, but then, on the other hand, radically acts to the contrary by allowing or tolerating a variety of ways in which human life is devalued and violated, especially where it is weak or marginalized. Only respect for life can be the foundation and guarantee of the most precious and essential goods of society, such as democracy and peace.” (#101)

“Nor can it be denied that the mass media are often implicated in this conspiracy, by lending credit to that culture which presents recourse to contraception, sterilization, abortion and even euthanasia as a mark of progress and a victory of freedom, while depicting as enemies of freedom and progress those positions which are unreservedly pro-life.” (#17)

Since the 1970’s many have conscientiously tried to depict people who are pro-life as radical right-wing zealots who are insensitive and out of touch with mainstream society. The media has catered to this and promoted this concept. It is a false and degrading caricature. As a consequence, many people with pro-life beliefs are reluctant to call themselves “pro-life”.  But in his landmark encyclical, The Gospel of Life, John Paul II was not afraid to use the term pro-life, rather he embraced it and identified the term pro-life with the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ.


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