The lay-run healthcare association that manages psychological clinics founded by the Brothers of Charity in Belgium says it intends to continue providing euthanasia for its patients, despite the Vatican’s recent ruling that it can no longer present itself as a “Catholic” organization.
If we fail to resist the sexual revolution, how will we explain it to our daughters and our sons—those precious gifts to mankind who, in their beautiful innocence, have trusted us, their parents, their priests, their ministers, to guide them through the turbulent waters of puberty and into a flourishing adulthood? Without the wisdom of centuries to inform and support her, how will my own beloved daughter respond when her instinct for self-preservation is awakened, when the silent recognition arises that she possesses a fundamental dignity that seeks expression and affirmation? How will she respond when a young man says to her, “Well, I would like to know your reason, but it had better be a good one”?
Of course, the principle of “malum in se” has implications beyond abortion and adultery. It has implications for contraception, in vitro fertilization, the cloning of human beings, the protection of conscience rights, and more. In all these areas, the objectivity of moral principles will give way to the relativism of subjective preferences if we disregard the Church’s wise teaching of “malum in se.” So the next time you are tempted to justify an action that is intrinsically immoral, remember that God is always good and is, in fact, the highest good, and would never ask you to do evil, no matter how much good comes from it.
Though Humanae Vitae has faced frequent dissent in the 50 years since it was published, that dissent does not detract from its truth, [John Finnis] said at a recent conference on the encyclical.