National Catholic Register

Culture of Life

The Gospel Of Life

BY Jim Cosgrove

September 13-19, 1998 Issue | Posted 9/13/98 at 2:00 PM


Adoption is an opportunity for couples ‘to provide love and caring for children who may have clouded futures.’ (see article below) In Evangelium Vitae Pope John Paul II said:

“A particularly significant expression of solidarity between families is a willingness to adopt or take in children abandoned by their parents or in situations of serious hardship. True parental love is ready to go beyond the bonds of flesh and blood in order to accept children from other families, offering them whatever is necessary for their well-being and full developement. Among the various forms of adoption, consideration should be given to adoption-at-a-distance, preferable in cases where the only reason for giving up the child is the extreme poverty of the child's family. Through this type of adoption, parents are given the help needed to support and raise their children, without their being uprooted from their natural enviroment.” (93.2)