Magisterial Documents

The Magisterium has remained consistently faithful to its teaching regarding the absolute sanctity of every human life from the moment of conception. The site is designed to provide a portal to those documents.

(1) Dignitas Personae  the Magisterial document for which this organization was named and derives its mission to defend and protect the dignity of all human persons- particularly the nascent unborn- from the moment of concept until natural death. Dignitas Personae – Instruction Dignitas Personae on Certain Bioethical Questions was issued on 8 September 2008, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, by William Cardinal Levada, Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. The Sovereign Pontiff Benedict XVI, approved the Instruction during the Ordinary Session of the Congregation and order its publication on 20 June 2008.

(2) Donum Vitae Instruction on Respect for Human Life in Its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation, the document issued on 22 February 1987 by Josef Cardinal Ratzinger, then Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, at the papal audience during the Plenary Session of the CDF- a document which was approved by Pope St. John Paul II, and ordered published on that day, remains one of the most salient regarding the consideration of nascent human life. Donum Vitae- at Vatican Archive

(3) The full text of Pope Benedict’s historic homily on the Frist Vigil for Nascent Human Life on 26 November 2010, can be accessed via this site. Pope’s homily for ‘historic’ pro-life vigil – FULL TEXT | News | Lifesitenews

(4) Evangelium Vitae [Evangelium Vitae (25 March 1995) | John Paul II ( ] is the Encyclical issued by Pope St. John Paul the Great on the Annunciation of Our Lord, 25 March 1995. This Encyclical articulates once again the Church’s immutable Magisterial teaching regarding the dignity and sanctity of every human life from the moment of conception until natural death. In particular, this document considers various threats to the sanctity of life, including abortion, euthanasia, and murder.