From the July/August, 2002 issue of Touchstone

Right Makes Might by Charles J. Chaput

Right Makes Might

Charles J. Chaput on the Sanctity of Life

As I was gathering my thoughts for today, I came across a talk one of my brother bishops gave some years ago. And it seemed to fit so well with our work this morning that I wanted to share just a few of his words as we begin.

The bishop wrote that “if it is once accepted that people have the right to kill ‘unproductive’ fellow human beings—and even if it only initially affects the poor defenseless mentally ill—then as a matter of principle murder is permitted for all unproductive people; in other words, for the incurably sick, people who have become invalids through work or war, and for all of us when we become old, frail and ther . . .


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