Declaration to the Day of respect for new begotten life

Celebration of Feast of the Annunciation (March 25, 2010) is at the same time a Day of prayers for respect for new begotten life and for non born children. In the time, when Europe is seriously concerned with demographic crisis, the significance of respect for the new life stands up in the relation to the future of our society. By this occasion we bring this statement of the Czech Bishops’ Conference, given by bishop Vojtěch Cikrle, delegate for family.
Published: 22. 3. 2010 10:00

By the celebration of the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25, nine months before Christmas, we thank God each year for the biggest gift, which was given to the mankind: the embodiment of the everlasting word. In accordance with the decision of the Czech Bishops’ Conference more than ten years ago we have understood the day of the Feast of the Annunciation as a Day of respect for new begotten life.

It seems, as if human life loses its value in the world of terrorism, drugs, wars and ecological threats. Freedom and equality gets more and more to the front of concern of the society. But freedom cannot be separated from responsibility and the principle of equality among people needs to be filled first of all by respect for the right to life of each human being – from the child conception till the natural death.

Church cannot resign on its duty to stand at the side of life. We appreciate that expressions as “Everyone has right to life.” and “Human life deserves protection already before the birth.”[i] are part of the Constitutional Order of the Czech Republic. We cannot therefore agree with the fact that the quality of life is attributed bigger importance than the life itself. Handicapped child nor unconscious ill person, who cannot expresses its will, cannot be denied right to live.

To conclude with let us remember the words of instruction Donum vitae: “Human life must be understood as sacred, because from its beginning it has been demonstration of God’s creative achievement.”[ii] Christians rightly consider their duty to create society open for receiving every life. But they should not feel lonely, because as pope John Paul II emphasized: “The mission and responsibility for appreciation of personal dignity of each person and for protection of the right to life are committed to everyone.”[iii]

[i] Act of basic human rights and  freedoms

[ii] Instruction Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, I/5

[iii] Aftersynodal Apostolic letter of John Paul II. Christifideles laici

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