Pope Benedict

December 3, 2012

Catholics are called to serve the common good of society, including by protecting traditional marriage and defending human life, Pope Benedict told bishops from France.

Being Catholic means being faithful “to the moral teaching of the Church” and having “the courage to demonstrate their Christian convictions – without arrogance, but with respect – in the various spheres in which they work,” the pope said Nov. 17.

“With the bishops, they must pay attention to proposals for civil laws that can undermine: the safeguarding of marriage between a man and a woman, the protection of human life from conception to death, and the correct orientation of bioethics in faithfulness to the documents of the magisterium,” the pope said.