This is one of the most comprehensive Pastoral Letters that the Catholic Bishops of Zambia have written on the sanctity of human life. They state clearly the basis of the Catholic Church’s stance regarding, not only abortion, but also contraception, and the use of condoms.
The Bishops re-assert the Church’s teaching by expressing compassion to those who commit these acts. They say it is not up to them to judge. They understand the ‘perplexing circumstances’ that often drive young people to seek an abortion. Their stance however is that in spite of these social difficulties, abortion is not the answer. Rather, our society should tackle the root causes of these social problems. They call upon all people of good will to ‘choose life’ over the ‘culture of death’.
To all Catholic Christians and to all people of good will in Zambia: we greet you warmly as we begin the joyful season of Advent and prepare for the celebration of the birth of our Saviour at Christmas.
Your humble servants,