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Vatican publishes ‘lexicon’ on end-of-life issues

The Pontifical Academy for Life released a new booklet to aid in the public debate on end-of-life issues. The booklet, published only in Italian July 2, offers clear definitions and the Catholic Church’s teaching on bioethics. The goal of the lexicon, Archbishop Paglia wrote, is to clear through “the jungle of intricate issues” and present a clear, correct usage of the terminology so that those interested in end-of-life discussions can have a common ground of shared meaning before embarking on the more difficult task of understanding others’ different positions and objectives. A key feature of the booklet is the way the issues are presented through the lens of Catholic understanding and are connected by several fundamental tenets, such as the Christian meaning of life, death, freedom, responsibility and care.

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