Just what is a human being? Who counts? The answers to these questions are crucial when one is faced with the ethical issue of taking human life. Today in every corner of the world men and women are willing to kill others under the guise of race, class, quality of life, sex, property, nationalism, security or religion. In this affirmation of the intrinsic personal dignity and inviolability of every human individual, Kavanaugh denies that it can ever be moral to intentionally kill another.
John F. Kavanaugh, SJ, a professor of philosophy at Saint Louis University, is author of Following Christ in a Consumer Society and The Word Embodied. He writes the "Ethics Notebook" column for the publication America.