Dignitas Infinita – On Human Dignity


Earlier this month, on 8 April, the Dicastery of the Doctrine of the Faith in the Vatican published a document entitled: ‘Dignitas Infinita, on Human Dignity’.

Welcoming the document, Bishop Kevin Doran (pictured in link below) of the Diocese of Elphin, and Chair of the Council for Life of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, said, “I welcome the publication by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith of a new document on human dignity, Dignitas Infinita.  This document makes it clear that human dignity is not something that is given or conceded by law, or something which a person can somehow ‘lose’.  Human dignity is inherent in the human nature of every person.

As the document states, ‘Every human person possesses an infinite dignity, inalienably grounded in his or her very being, which prevails in and beyond every circumstance, state, or situation the person may ever encounter.  This principle, which is fully recognisable even by reason alone, underlies the primacy of the human person and the protection of human rights.  In the light of Revelation, the Church resolutely reiterates and confirms the ontological dignity of the human person, created in the image and likeness of God and redeemed in Jesus Christ.’ ”

Bishop Doran continued, “Dignitas Infinita addresses a wide range of circumstances in which particular actions, or failures to act, by individuals or by the State, would contradict the dignity of a person or a whole group of persons.  These include sexual abuse, human trafficking, abortion, discrimination against migrants or people with disability and violence against women.”

Read Bishop Doran’s full statement here, and to read the ‘Dignitas Infinita, on Human Dignity’ document click here.