UP Catholic 10 02 2015 E Edition Page 20

20 October 2, 2015 THE U.P. CATHOLIC RESPECT LIFE www.upcatholic.org BY JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC Human life is not disposable. It is not something to be used and thrown away. We must pray for a conversion of mind and heart that once again views and respects the material world that God has created and the most important part of that material world, is the creation of human bodily life, Bishop John Doerfler said to those in attendance at the annual Chippewa County Right to Life Banquet in Sault Ste. Marie on Sept. 16. Our prolife efforts must get at the roots of our problems in society, if we are going to be able to foster the dignity, and respect, and care for human life. Bishop Doerfler noted that from the beginning of Sacred Scripture, God tells us that all he created, including our bodies, is good. In the creation narrative in Genesis, God looked upon what he created and saw it as good. May we, too, have this attitude. Let us start with our own lives, our own bodies, Bishop Doerfler said. Our bodies are not just a thing that we own, but an integral part of the person. Bishop Doerfler said, What we do to the body we do to the person. Thus, a human body is not something to be manip- ulated at will. Bishop Doerfler quoted from Laudato Si, the recent environmental encyclical by Pope Francis. The acceptance of our bodies as Gods gift is vital for welcoming and accepting the entire world as a gift from the Father and our common home, whereas thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking that we enjoy absolute power over creation Also, valuing ones own body in its femininity or masculinity is neces- sary if I am going to be able to recognize myself in an encounter with someone who is different. Pope Francis speaks of viewing humanity through a technological paradigm, which Bishop Doerfler said brings about an attitude that views the human being, the unborn human being, as merely a source of materials, of organs, tissues and body parts that can be obtained, harvested and used at will. In vitro fertilization, or test tube babies, are another example of the technological paradigm according to Bishop Doerfler. Fertilized ova are graded according to their quality. Those human embryos of lesser quality are destroyed or discard- ed, while those of a good quality are implanted in the womans womb. Bishop Doerfler asked, Is it in accord with the dignity of the human person, the dignity of hu- man life, to grade the quality of human beings and discard those who do not make the grade? At play in test tube babies, so to speak, is the technological paradigm that Pope Francis talks about, that treats human life as if it has no intrinsic worth, as if it were a thing to be manipulated and produced, or manufactured. I wish to make clear that a child conceived by in vitro fertilization does have incredible and intrinsic dignify. The problem is not with the child conceived. Rather it is the method, the method of in vitro fer- tilization does not respect the dignity of the human person and is evidence of the technological paradigm that Pope Francis criticizes, Bishop Doerfler said. The failure to respect the dignity of human life and the failure to respect the environment are both root- ed in the same mindset: the technological paradigm, Bishop Doerfler said. We are called to respect God's plan in creation. In our attitudes and in our actions, we must respect the dignity of human life and the world that God has given us. Editor's note: View a video of Bishop Doerfler's talk at www.youtube.com/theupcatholic. JOHN FEE U.P. CATHOLIC Father Sebastian Kavumkal, MST, pastor of Holy Name of Mary Parish in Sault Ste. Marie, smiles as Bishop John Doerfler asks him questions as an audience member at the Chippewa Right to Life dinner in Sault Ste. Marie. SACRED HEART RELIGIOUS GOODS New items: Nun dolls, additional tiny saints medals, 2016 Catholic calendars (Angels, Saints, Life of Christ) & framed Irish prints. (906) 228-4462 419 W. Washington Marquette (Located across from the Ramada Inn) Rvbmjuz gvsojuvsf bu xipmftbmf qsjdft A Catholic family owned & operated company since 1979 Members of the Diocese of Marquette, Michigan Ejojoh Sppn Pggjdf Gvsojuvsf Nbuusfttft Vqipmtufsfe Tfut Mpehf Dbnq boe Dpuubhf tuzmf gvsojtijoht Ljudifo Dbcjofut Cbuisppn Dbcjofut Cfesppn Mjwjoh Sppn Cretens Furniture Factory & Showroom Qfsljot Spbe Qfsljot NJ xxx dsfufotgvsojuvsf dpn N G Tbu Bishop Doerfler says respect the human body to respect creation

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