From the July/August, 2007 issue of Touchstone
Penultimate Penalty by Anthony McCarthy

Penultimate Penalty

Anthony McCarthy on the Man Who Loses His Right to Life

Who made you? God made me. Why did God make you? God made me to know him, love him, and serve him in this world, and to be happy with him forever in the next. Succinctly and baldly, the first answers of the old Penny Catechism tell the Catholic child the purpose for which he is made.

He is, like every other child, made in the image of God, and has a transcendent end which defines the kind of being he is and orders his capacities. That end is a moral goal to be achieved through choices made in this life.

Defining Dignity

It is right to refer to “human dignity,” given man’s defining end. An . . .


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