Catholic Church and the Modern World

A discussion on the influence of the Catholic Church on the development of human race and biotechnology field.

This paper looks at how the Catholic Church influences the development of human race. It looks at the stands of the Catholic Church at some of the recent conflicts of our time like abortion and stem-cell research and cloning. According to Catholic Church abortion is ethically and morally wrong. It is killing of a human life and therefore, should be prevented. The issue has plagued the church almost from the beginning. “The Bible itself is virtually silent on abortion. The Ten Commandments state “Thou shalt not kill,” but neither the Old nor the New Testament contains explicit sanctions against intentionally destroying a fetus.” (Theology of Abortion) the essay looks of Catholic Church stand on morality of abortion and its consequences.
The second aspect this paper looks at is the development of field of biotechnology and how it has influenced the public and moral attitudes. This is a recent example of the Church’s influence on human development. The paper explores how the Church’s so called “pro-life” attitude has affected the development in this field.
“”The Catholic Church has been one of the strongest influential factors in European History. The influence has been extensive reaching from matters of the state, personal life, social values and ethical debates. Most organized religions have some form of moral code and ethical beliefs; the Catholic Church is no difference. These ideas and beliefs are usually in conflict with the development of human race. Some of the recent dilemmas of Catholic Church are its stand on Abortion, pro-life campaign, use of birth control, HIV and AID issue. The moralistic view of Catholic Church, which argues to be pro-life, is in contradiction of what is being pro-life mean. It is rather difficult to comprehend how any institution, which makes life miserable for human beings classify it to be the protector of life.” ”
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