Rome Newsroom, Oct 8, 2020 / 16:43 pm
Catholic politicians have an obligation to fight against abortion and euthanasia, while applying the whole of Catholic social teaching in their political work, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, prefect emeritus of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said this week.
Catholic politicians, the cardinal told CNA Oct. 7, "have to fight abortion and euthanasia. The pope, the congregations and the bishops have said that we cannot accept euthanasia in civil society because it is contrary to life, or abortion because it means the death of the innocent child in the mother's womb."
"Each life of the individual man has an absolute value in itself," the cardinal continued, adding that politicians can "call themselves Catholics only if they accept this obligation to fight for the fundamental principles of social ethics, which are human rights."
These human rights, Mueller said, cannot be redefined according to one's own preferences.