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Are the Roman Catholic Church's teachings on moral issues old fashioned and out of touch with modern society

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Are the Roman Catholic Church's teachings on moral issues old fashioned and out of touch with modern society? Answer this with reference with to particular issues. A common question that has been raised up towards the Roman Catholic Church is weather their teachings are out of touch with modern society. Two issues which are very common today in modern society are abortion and divorce. These two issues are spreading throughout society and through different ages and religions. They are common issues in modern society and recently in the media. On 16th January 2006 over one hundred and fifty thousand people took to the street of Milan in protest in defense of Italy's abortion rights. The protesters accused the government of working with the Vatican in an attempt to reverse a 1978 law that makes abortion legal in Italy during the first trimester. In the United Kingdom there are also various campaigners who believe that women have the right to choose an abortion, such campaigners are Abortion Rights which is formed my the National Abortion Campaign and the Abortion Law reform Association. Their aim is to try and secure changes in the law and to make sure women in the United Kingdom have access to safe, legal and free abortion when requested. ...read more.


This view led to the Catholic view that abortion is murder. The view that life starts at conception is taken from interpretations from the bible; "Thou knowest me right well; My frame was not hidden from thee When I was being made in secret" (Psalm 139). This quote considers that God's interest in the individual is evident from the earliest moments if life. This is also mentioned as early as Jeremiah; "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you" (Jeremiah 1:5). In Luke's gospel there is awareness of the fetus Christ and the Angel Gabriel tells Mary that even before he is born God has a plan and purpose for the child whom is still in the womb. These quotes would lead a Roman Catholic to believe that the soul enters at abortion thus resulting in the belief that abortion is morally incorrect as it is murder. The Roman Catholic view that life starts at contraception and if one was to get an abortion would be murder follows the Roman Catholic teaching that murder is strictly wrong in all conditions. Catholics follow the Ten Commandments and the fifth commandment states "Thou shalt do no murder" (Exodus). ...read more.


The person making the act must not actually intend to accomplish the bad effect, but must simply not be able to avoid it while accomplishing the good effect. The good effect must be at least as directly an effect of the action as the bad effect is. Lastly the benefit of the good effect must be weighed against the harm of the bad effect, and the good must outweigh the bad. An example of were double effect would be acceptable according to the church if a catholcis womens life was at risk as she had cancer the doctor would carry out the hysterectomy, the doctor would aim to save the woman's life while merely foreseeing the death of the fetus. Performing an abortion, by contrast, would involve intending to kill the fetus as a means to saving the mother. In his encyclical Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI wrote: "It is not licit, even for the gravest reasons to do evil so that good may follow there from, that is, to make into the object of a positive act of the will something which is intrinsically disordered, and hence unworthy of the human person, even when the intention is to safeguard or promote individual, family or social well being...directly willed and procured abortion, even if for therapeutic reasons [is] to be absolutely excluded." 11 ...read more.

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