“Within the ‘people of life and the people for life’, the family has a decisive responsibility. This responsibility flows from its very nature as a community of life and love, founded upon marriage and from its mission to ‘guard, reveal and communicate love’. … The family has a special role to play throughout the life of its members, from birth to death. It is truly ‘the sanctuary of life: the place in which life – the gift of God – can be properly welcomed and protected against the many attacks to which it is exposed, and can develop in accordance with what constitutes authentic human growth’. Consequently the role of the family in building a culture of life is decisive and irreplaceable.” (Blessed John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae (Gospel of Life), n. 92.
Those words from John Paul II’s Encyclical, The Gospel of Life, explain why our centre is a Centre for Family and Life. In these pages you will find information about how the JPII Centre tries to respond to some of the “life issues”.
Family and life issues are intertwined. This was something recognised by Pope John Paul II in this encyclical, The Gospel of Life. This is one of the reasons that our Centre is a Centre for Family and Life, and is co-located with the Queensland Bioethics Centre, which is also devoted to giving information on life issues. There is some overlap of the work of the two Centres, but the focus of the JPII Centre is on parishes and deaneries and how we assist people confronted with some of these issues.
The Queensland Bioethics Centre, on the other hand, serves the whole of Queensland, and in particular Catholic Health care institutions, in a consultancy role on such issues. The QBC is one of the ways in which we seek to respond to life issues.