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Is it permissible to offer assistance in dying?

Posted on Oct 18 , 2013 in Catechism

Is it permissible to offer assistance in dying?

 

The Fifth Commandment: You shall not kill.

To bring about death directly is always against the commandment “You shall not kill” (Ex 20:13). In contrast, to stand by and assist a dying person is humane and even obligatory.

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Why is it permissible to tolerate the killing of another human being in the case of legitimate self-defense?

Posted on Oct 11 , 2013 in Catechism

Why is it permissible to tolerate the killing of another human being in the case of legitimate self-defense?

 

The Fifth Commandment: You shall not kill.

Someone who is actually attacking the lives of others may and must be stopped, if necessary by killing the attacker himself.

Legitimate defense against aggression is not only a right; for someone who bears the responsibility for the lives of others it can even become a duty. Nevertheless, legitimate defense must not employ wrong, inappropriately harsh methods.

Why is the Church opposed to capital punishment?

The Church is committed to opposing the death penalty because it is “both cruel and unnecessary” (Pope John Paul II, St. Louis, January 27, 1999).

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Why is it not permissible to take one’s own life or the lives of others?

Posted on Oct 04 , 2013 in Catechism

Why is it not permissible to take one’s own life or the lives of others?

 

The Fifth Commandment: You shall not kill.

God alone is Lord over life and death. Except in the case of legitimate self-defense of oneself or another, no one may kill another human being.

An attack on life is a sacrilege committed against God. Human life is sacred; this means that it belongs to God; it is his property. Even our own life is only entrusted to us. God himself has given us the gift of life; only he may take it back from us. The Book of Exodus, translated literally, says “You shall not murder” (Ex 20:13).

What sorts of attacks on human life are forbidden by the Fifth Commandment?

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How is authority exercised correctly?

Posted on Sep 27 , 2013 in Catechism

How is authority exercised correctly?

 

The Fourth Commandment: Honor your father and your mother.

Authority is exercised properly when it is understood according to Jesus’ example as service. It must never be arbitrary.

Jesus showed us once and for all how authority should be exercised. He, the greatest authority, served others and took the last place. Jesus even washed the feet of his disciples (Jn 13:1–20). The authority of parents, teachers, educators, and superiors is given to them by God, not so that they can lord it over those who are entrusted to their care, but rather so that they might understand and exercise their duty of guiding and training as service.

What duties do citizens have toward the State?

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How does a child respect his parents?

Posted on Sep 20 , 2013 in Catechism

How does a child respect his parents?

 

The Fourth Commandment: Honor your father and your mother.

A child respects and honors his parents by showing them love and gratitude.

Children should be grateful to their parents in the first place because they received their life from the love of their parents. This gratitude establishes a lifelong relationship of love, respect, responsibility, and obedience, rightly understood. Especially in times of need, sickness, and old age, children should lovingly be there for their parents and care for them faithfully.  

How do parents respect their children?

God entrusted children to parents so that they might be steady, righteous examples for those children, that they might love and respect them and do everything possible so that their children can develop physically and spiritually.