The inviolability of the person which is a reflection of the absolute inviolability of God, finds its primary and fundamental expression in the inviolability of human life. Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights-for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture- is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination. Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici (1988), no. 38. Copyright 2005, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Washington, D.C. All rights reserved.
Submitted by: N. Rademacher, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Religious Studies