12/05/2011, 00.00
SOUTH KOREA
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Gospel and human rights “are the path of the Church in Korea”

by Theresa Kim Hwa-young
In a message released yesterday by the Committee for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea, the bishop of Suwon explained, “We must look at the world from the prospective of the Gospel to meet our challenges.”
Seoul (AsiaNews) – Abortion, death penalty and euthanasia are the “the main threats facing South Korea if it wants to be based on the rule of law” in which “human rights are a priority of its citizens and rulers,” said the Committee for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea in a message issued for the 30th Sunday for human rights.

Signed by Mgr Matthias Ri Iong-honn, bishop of Suwon and the Committee’s president, the message, titled ‘Christian vocation to learn and implement justice and peace,” the bishop explained that the local Church “has always opposed the use of artificial practices in human life, like abortion, death penalty and euthanasia, as well as embryonic research, which violate the dignity of human life.”

South Korean Catholics have been working in this field for quite some time. The Church has promoted discussions, projects and seminars on such issues, which also closely interest non-Christians.

“We must continue along this path,” the prelate said. “Together, we have highlighted the errors and inherent dangers in such research and projects, like the ‘Four Great River’ project, which threaten the ecosystem.”

In order to meet these challenges with the right spirit, the Bishops’ Conference agreed to organise a ‘Social Doctrine Week’ at their recent general assembly.

The weeklong series of events, which began yesterday, is designed to “interpret society from the perspective of the Gospel.”
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