June 14, 2024
Reflections By Rev. Fr. David Okolie

‘DIGNITAS INFINITA’: The Latest Document of the Catholic Church on Transgenderism, Abortion, Surrogacy, Euthanasia, etc.

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Rev. Fr. David Okolie

Dearest friends, just early this month, precisely, April 2, 2024, the Vatican published a POWERFUL document which unambiguously affirms the position of the Catholic Church on the recent ideological trends of our world; namely: Transgenderism, Abortion, Surrogacy, Euthanasia, etc. I have decided to summarise the document so that all of us would have the knowledge of the TRUTH and also share it with many persons out there who are really searching for the TRUTH. Below is the summary of the document:

The document is entitled ‘DIGNITAS INFINITA‘ and was published by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) with the approval of Pope Francis. It took about FIVE years (2019-2024) to draft the document. The document establishes and defends the INFINITE DIGNITY of every human person. This DIGNITY, according to the document, transcends every circumstance, situation and limitation in life.

The document goes on to affirm that this DIGNITY is hinged on the fact that every human person is deliberately and unconditionally Willed, Created and Loved by God; is further Redeemed in Jesus Christ and is destined to fellowship with God in knowledge and love of Him (cf. nn. 1, 11, 18-20). It maintains that every human person fits into the above; thus, even an unborn child, an unconscious person, poverty stricken person, an elderly person, an outcast, the oppressed, the unlearned, the sick, the downtrodden, the imprisoned, etc. are NOT excluded (cf. nn. 9, 12).

Making allusion to the 1948 United Nations Declaration which speaks about the inherent dignity and inalienable right of the human person, ‘Dignitas infinita’ upholds that: *Only this inalienable character of HUMAN DIGNITY that makes it possible to speak about human rights.* On the other hand, the document frowns at the justification of the ARBITRARY proliferation of new RIGHTS which it traces its cause to the MISUSE of the concept of DIGNITY (cf. n. 25).

The document goes on to acknowledge the fact that FREEDOM is a marvelous GIFT from God. The Freedom of the human person is guaranteed by the DIGNITY inherent in his/her person and one’s attachment to God. Thus, our Freedom becomes WEAKENED and OBSCURED when we DETACH ourselves from the Creator. The document termed as a GRAVE ERROR, the contrary view that holds that: the more we distance ourselves from God, the freer we become (cf. n. 30).

The document, in strong language, decried every human action that violates the HUMAN DIGNITY. Thus, it goes on to address, with clear and detailed arguments the following GRAVE VIOLATIONS of the Human Dignity:
1. The Drama of Poverty
2. War
3. The Travail of Migrants
4. Human Trafficking
5. Sexual Abuse
6. Violence Against Women
7. Abortion
8. Surrogacy
9. Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
10. The Marginalization of People with Disabilities
11. Gender Theory
12. Sex Change
13. Digital Violence (cf. nn. 32-62)

👉🏼Worthy of note in the above is the the document’s unambiguous affirmation that “SURROGATE MOTHERHOOD represents a GRAVE VIOLATION of the DIGNITY of the woman and the child, based on the exploitation of the mother’s material needs” (cf. n. 48). It goes on to declare that: GENDER THEORY intends to deny the greatest possible difference that exists between living beings, that is, SEXUAL DIFFERENCE. It sees such ERRONEOUS IDEOLOGY as amounting to a concession to the temptation to make oneself God, thereby entering into competition with true GOD (cf. n. 57). Quite timely is the document’s BOLD definition of ‘PROCURED ABORTION‘ as: ‘the deliberate and direct KILLING, by whatever means it is carried out, of a HUMAN BEING in the initial phase of his or her existence, extending from conception to birth”. Consequently, Human Beings are ENDS in themselves and never a MEANS of resolving other problems (cf. n. 47).

👉🏼In fact, the SERIOUSNESS of all the above GRAVE VIOLATIONS of the Human Dignity which a number of persons and institutions are promoting, was powerfully expressed by the document when it invokes the Word of God uttered through the Prophet Isaiah thus: “WOE to those who call EVIL Good and GOOD Evil, who put DARKNESS for Light and LIGHT for Darkness” (cf. Is 5:20, DI n. 47).

In conclusion, the document urges that Respect for the DIGNITY of the Human Person beyond all circumstances be placed at the center of the commitment to the Common Good and at the center of every Legal System. Thus, the above is the only BASIS for the existence of any society that claims to be founded on JUST LAW and not on the Force of Power (cf. n. 64).

We pray that the Blessed Virgin Mary would obtain for all of us the grace to always reject the attraction and hedonistic gains that are often the ground on which all the above GRAVE VIOLATIONS of the Human Dignity thrive. Amen🙏🏼

Remain blessed🙏🏼

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Rev. Fr. David Okolie is a Priest of the Catholic Diocese of Okigwe, Imo State, Nigeria. He is a prolific writer, retreat preacher and social media evangelizer.

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