Virtues in the Ethics of Life

In Rome, numerous scientists, doctors and ethicists were called together by the Pontifical Academy for Life.
Every year they gather for their general assembly to promote a Culture for Life.
This year’s topic was: “Virtues in the Ethics of Life”.

More info on the Academy’s website


‘Amoris Laetitia’ on the Transmission of Life


§ 80. Marriage is firstly an “intimate partnership of life and love” which is a good for the spouses themselves, while sexuality is “ordered to the conjugal love of man and woman”. It follows that “spouses to whom God has not granted children can have a conjugal life full of meaning, in both human and Christian terms”. Nonetheless, the conjugal union is ordered to procreation “by its very nature”. The child who is born “does not come from outside as something added on to the mutual love of the spouses, but springs from the very heart of that mutual giving, as its fruit and fulfilment”. He or she does not appear at the end of a process, but is present from the beginning of love as an essential feature, one that cannot be denied without disfiguring that love itself. From the outset, love refuses every impulse to close in on itself; it is open to a fruitfulness that draws it beyond itself. Hence no genital act of husband and wife can refuse this meaning, even when for various reasons it may not always in fact beget a new life.

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Pope Francsis: Human Dignity from Conception to Natural Death

OSSROM93125_Articolo-300x212(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday speaking to the members of the Italian Committee for Bioethics, underlined how the Church supports the efforts of civil society to promote, “the search for truth and goodness on complex human and ethical issues”. He told those gathered that the Church had a sensibility to ethical issues adding that “the Church did not claim any special voice in this field.” But, what he highlighted was the importance of serving man, all men and women, he said, with special attention and care, from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, who are struggling find the their voice. On this level, he said, “the ecclesial community and civil society meet and are called to cooperate, in accordance with their distinct skills.”

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Bioéthique : l’appel du Pape à la prudence

PAPA-FRANCISCO-64-300x199-1(RV) Le Pape François a exprimé ce jeudi sa préoccupation face au développement accéléré des sciences et des technologies biologiques et médicales. Le Saint-Père recevait les membres du Comité italien de bioéthique institué il y a plus de 25 ans. L’occasion pour lui de mettre en garde contre le risque de perdre toute référence autre que l’utilité et le profit, surtout dans le contexte actuel marqué par le relativisme et scepticisme quant aux facultés de la raison humaine.

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Virtues in the Ethics of Life: Workshop Pontifical Academy

1425433258-virtues_ethics_life-300x201“Through the use of reason, the human person is capable of recognizing both the profound and objective dignity of his own being, and the ethical requirements that derive from it. In other words, man can discern in himself the value and the moral requirements of his own dignity. It is a discernment that entails a discovery open to further refinement following the coordinates of the “historicity” that are typical of human knowledge” (Address of John Paul II to the participants in the General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life, 27 February 2002).

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Les textes en Français du Pontificat de Pie XII sur la santé

popeLe Centre Catholique des Médecins Français (CCMF) nous offre un aperçu des textes magistériels du pontificat de Pie XII. “Nous, les médecins, ont une grande dette de gratitude à Pie XII et de son enseignement. Pape Pacelli, en fait, était une personne d’une grande sensibilité, qui a consacré beaucoup de temps et beaucoup d’efforts en faveur de médecins catholiques et d’autres travailleurs de la santé et de la vie”. (Dr. Jose Maria Simon Castellvi, Ancient-président de la Fédération Internationale des Associations Médicales Catholiques, FIAMC).

Pour consulter la page ‘Pie XII et la Santé, 1939-58’ sur le site du CCMF, cliquez ici.

Theology of the Body – Catechesis Online

Arazzo-beatificazione-foto-definitiva7The “Theology of the Body” is St. John Paul II’s integrated vision of the human person, love, sex and marriage, as presented during the 129 Wednesday audiences, delivered between 1979 and 1984. According to George Weigel, the papal biographer and author of Witness to Hope, “the Theology of the Body is a theological time-bomb set to go off with dramatic consequences…”. You can find the texts of the audiences here below.

For the translation in English of the Theology of the Body by Michael Waldstein: click here. Pour la traduction d’Yves Semen de la Theologie du Corps en Français: cliquez ici

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