Instruction Dignitas Personae on Certain Bioethical Questions
The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles
(1st Century AD)
The Lord's Teaching to the Heathen by the Twelve Apostles:
1 There are two ways, one of life and one of death; and between the two ways
there is a great difference.
2 Now, this is the way of life:…
The second commandment of the Teaching: "Do not murder; do not commit
adultery"; do not corrupt boys; do not fornicate; "do not steal"; do not
practice magic; do not go in for sorcery; do not murder a child by abortion
or kill a newborn infant. "Do not covet your neighbor's property; do not
commit perjury; do not bear false witness"; do not slander; do not bear grudges.
Do not be double-minded or double-tongued, for a double tongue is "a deadly
snare." Your words shall not be dishonest or hollow, but substantiated by
action. Do not be greedy or extortionate or hypocritical or malicious or
arrogant. Do not plot against your neighbor. Do not hate anybody; but reprove
some, pray for others, and still others love more than your own life.
Statements of the Magisterium on Life