Pope John Paul II observed, and Pope Benedict XVI confirmed, we are immersed in a Culture of Death! The primary threats of the Culture of Death—always and everywhere—are murder, abortion, euthanasia, contraception and embryonic stem cell research! War and capital punishment, when unjust, join this list. Issues that diminish human life are also directly associated with the Culture of Death: slavery (including debt bondage and unjust imprisonment or restraint), sadistic humiliation, degradation (calumny, slander), cloning, mutilation, greed, narcissism, selfishness and poverty—anything that shows a disregard for human life, marriage as a sacred union of one man and one woman, the traditional family, etc…, and treats human beings as objects.
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