Pastoral Series on Life and Death released by Church

Life Issues Site

Life Issues Site

Media Release, 16 May, 2013

The Australian Catholic Life Council today released a short video series “God So Loved The World” as a pastoral resource to educate, inform and provide information about life issues.

This pastoral series of videos was developed in collaboration with Respect Life Offices around Australia, bioethicists, theologians, doctors, academics and pastoral carers to provide a response to difficult issues such as abortion, euthanasia and reproductive technologies.

Taking an educative and explanatory approach, the series shares the Catholic Church’s position on bioethical issues, choosing to focus on abortion, euthanasia and reproductive technologies.

The series is available online at www.godsolovedtheworld.org.au

Chair of the Australian Catholic Life Council Bishop Eugene Hurley in recommending the series said that people need to move away from legalistic language and become more pastoral about how they care for those facing life and death challenges.

“Often the Church’s teachings on matters like abortion, euthanasia, reproductive technologies are quite misunderstood and sometimes they are not well presented. They can have a sort of a legal edge rather than a compassionate understanding feel.”

“Often, the compassionate heart of Christ gets lost in legalistic or judgmental language, and people feel that they cannot turn to the Church or to Christians for support”, he said.

This series explains the Church’s position pastorally, and reaches out in love and forgiveness to those who have suffered and provides resources for healing.

The inspiration for the project came from the words in John’s Gospel, which state: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

The full series is available online at www.godsolovedtheworld.org.au, and a DVD version can be pre-ordered via the donation page of the website.

For media enquiries or for more information about the project, please contact Beth Doherty on 0407 081 256 or media@catholic.org.au