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Title: Gaudium et Spes on human dignity and its implications in bioethics
Authors: Kania, Witold
Keywords: Gaudium et Spes; human dignity; abortion; euthanasia; Groningen Protocol; bioethics
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Katowice : Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Citation: Philosophy and Canon Law, Vol. 2 (2016), s. 83-97
Abstract: Promulgation of Gaudium et Spes coincided with the beginnings of bioethics as well as the cultural and technological revolution of the late 1960s. In this way, the teaching of the Church has become a prophetic voice on many contemporary crimes against humanity. In the first part, the article presents the conciliar anthropology which is based on the Bible along with classical philosophy and constitutes the foundation for dignity. According to it, every human person, as a corporeal and spiritual being created in God’s image and likeness, is endowed with dignity. In this philosophical idiom, the aforesaid dignity can be defined as ontological. It belongs to every human person and is inalienable and inviolable. The second part of the text shows the historical and geographical development of new challenges that threaten the human dignity. In many countries, national legislation supports abortion and euthanasia. It creates a new mentality: “the culture of death.” In its last part, the article examines the paradigm of modern “progressive” moral decadence: the Dutch legislation on euthanasia of new-borns. The so-called Groningen Protocol is an example of the erroneous belief that “death is more humane than continued life in suffering.” The only means to healing the mentality affected by “the culture of death” is respect for human dignity: the sanctity of human life.
ISSN: 2450-4955
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