In an effort to inform and guide priests on the scientific and moral understanding of life and family issues, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (CBCK) recently translated and disseminated to every priest in Korea copies of Human Life International’s (HLI) publication A Pro-Life Pastoral Handbook.
Written by HLI’s director of education and research, Dr. Brian Clowes, A Pro-Life Pastoral Handbook was specifically designed to help priests, seminarians and other religious and lay teachers of the Catholic faith examine questions about contraception, abortion, end of life issues, assisted reproductive technologies, and the Sacrament of Marriage.
“I am pleased to inform you that the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Korea published the Korean Version of A Pro-Life Pastoral Handbook … with the collaboration of the ‘Pro-Life Activities’ division of the Committee for Bioethics of the CBCK,” wrote Father Thaddaeus Lee Ki-rak, executive secretary of the CBCK, which is based on Seoul, South Korea, in a May 2012 letter to HLI President Father Shenan Boquet. “The book was sent to every priest in Korea [at no expense to them].”
The Korean language version of the book is entitled Gunggumhan Sangmyeong Munje-ae Daphada (Answers to the Questions on Life Issues). HLI granted CBCK President Bishop Gabriel CHANG Bong-hun permission to translate and publish the Handbook.
“HLI’s mission is to serve the greater work of building a Culture of Life and Civilization of Love throughout the world, and I am glad we can be of assistance to the Bishop’s Conference of Korea in accomplishing this goal,” said Father Boquet. “I am confident the priests in Korea will value the Handbook and find it very helpful in their formation and teaching on the dignity of the human person.”
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Several thousand copies of the book, which is also being translated into Spanish, have been sold since it was originally published in 2010, and hundreds more have been given away at pro-life conferences and events around the world.
HLI’s founder Father Paul Marx said of the Handbook in 2009, “This book is a compact and indispensable guide for priests, seminarians and active lay people who need to answer difficult moral questions in a concise and understandable manner.”
The book is exclusively sold on HLI’s online store.