|Social Justice||ARCHBISHOP FAULKNER CALLS FOR BROADER UNDERSTANDING OF 'PRO-LIFE'|
Adelaide's Archbishop Leonard Faulkner has called for the pro-life campaign to be widened beyond the abortion and euthanasia debates to take in all "crimes against life", from violence against women to malnutrition and poverty.
In the leadup to yesterday's Life Sunday services, he said that while abortion and euthanasia were the most extreme crimes against life, society also had a duty to defend other crimes such as malnutrition, poverty, violence against women and children, workplace abuse and disregard and neglect for the aged and disabled.
Archbishop Faulkner said neglect of these problems contributed to the "culture of death" in modern society which downgraded the value of human life and allowed abortion and euthanasia to be regarded as acceptable.
"We need to turn our thoughts to the times when life is devalued in our community," Archbishop Faulkner said. "This means not only looking at the culture of life, but the culture of death which is around us.
"When human life isn't respected, it is destroyed."
Cath Comm (SA)