Health and Sexuality in the Sustainable Development Goals and Catholic Church Teaching - 8 March 2016

Print Mail Pdf


His Eminence Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, addressed a seminar in Rome on health and sexuality in sustainable development goals and in Catholic Church teaching. The seminar, held on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2016, was co-sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the World Youth Alliance (WYA) and the FEMM organisation, that deals with women’s health issues.

"When adopting the current Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Holy See rejected a one-dimensional interpretation of reproductive health requiring an ideological promotion of contraception and abortion", says Card. Turkson, and reaffirmed  the Holy See’s commitment to both human life and the dignity of women and  warned that technology based on science provides humanity with tremendous "power over itself", and "we need to work very hard together to make sure that it is used wisely.”