2323 Because it should be treated as a person from conception, the embryo must be defended in its integrity, cared for and healed like every other human being.

2324 Intentional euthanasia, whatever its forms or motives, is murder. It is gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator.

2325 Suicide is seriously contrary to justice, hope and charity. It isforbidden by the fifth commandment.

2326 Scandal is agrave offence when by deed or omission it deliberately leads others to sin gravely.

2327 Because of the evils and injustices that all war brings with it, we must do everything reasonably possible to avoid it. The Church prays: ‘From famine, pestilence and war, O Lord, deliver us.’

2328 The Church and human reason assert the permanent validity of the moral law during armed conflicts. Practices deliberately contrary to the law of nations and to its universal principles are crimes.

2329 ‘The arms race is one of the greatest curses on the human race and the harm it inflicts on the poor is more than can be endured’ (GS 81 §~).

2330 ‘Blessed are the peacemakers,for they shall be called sons of God’ (Mt 5:9).

Article 6


You shall not commit adultery.”2 You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”3

I. ‘Male and Female He Created Them...’

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2331 ‘God is love and in himself he lives a mystery of personal loving communion. Creating the human race in his own 1604 image.. ., God inscribed in the humanity of man and woman the vocation, and thus the capacity and responsibility, of love and com munion.” ‘~ ‘God created man in his own image... male and female he created them’;”5 he blessed them and said, ‘Be fruitful and