Reflections on Prop. 19

By Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone, Bishop of Oakland 
The foundational principle of all Catholic social teaching is the affirmation of the dignity of the human person. One does not need Catholic faith to understand this, but the light of faith helps those of us who are believers to understand this truth more clearly and profoundly, given especially our belief that God created us in His own image and likeness (Gen 1:26).
One of the important consequences of this principle is the need to care for our bodies. As the
Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “Life and physical health are precious gifts entrusted to us by God. We must take reasonable care of them, taking into account the needs of others and the common good.” (No. 2288) In the upcoming election, California voters will have to decide on a ballot proposition which threatens to seriously erode the good these principles uphold.
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