.- The Catholic Church in South Korea presented a âDeclaration for the Defense of Lifeâ during a recent march in opposition to the governmentâs position against the dignity of human life.
More than four thousand Catholics and non-Catholics marched the streets during the protest, with a closing Mass celebrated by Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-Suk of Seoul.
The statement calls on the South Korean government ânot to authorize the use of human life for industrial purposes,â âto abolish a law on the health of the mother and the child that promotes abortion,â âto prohibit research with human embryos and the practice of cloning,â âto abolish the death penaltyâ and âto promote policies that encourage couples to have children and that promote natural birth.â
In addition, the Church emphasized in the statement, âWe always proclaim the Gospel of life,â âwe oppose the death penalty and any form of terrorism and violence,â âwe condemn research with human embryos and cloning because they go against human dignityâ and âwe pledge to defend all forms of human life in every moment.â
The declaration was distributed in parishes, schools, associations, social groups and newspapers.