Paris, France, Apr 26, 2019 / 10:00 am
The bishops of France have published a new document offering a summary of the Church's teaching on the dignity of human nature and the importance of natural law in society.
The document, titled "What is man that you keep him in mind? Elements of Catholic anthropology," was published April 23 by the permanent council of the Bishops' Conference of France. It is intended to articulate a framework for discussion of the Church's moral teachings and how they should be applied to wider human society.
In a foreword to the text, Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris said that the Church's voice and wisdom were essential to preserving human dignity in society.
"To those seeing her from outside, the Church appears in the West as an old and shaken institution of scandals," Aupetit said, while warning against the "myth of progress" in Western society "that is invoked without knowing exactly where it leads."