Pontifical Academy for Life members thank Benedict XVI for ‘monumental’ contributions to life issues

The members of the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAV) met at the Vatican late last month for their annual General Assembly under the shadow of the looming resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.

LifeSiteNews.com spoke with several PAV members, who all expressed their gratitude to the pontiff for what one member said were his “monumental” contributions to the area of bioethics and the defense of human life.

Dr. John Haas, president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), said that any analysis of Benedict XVI’s contributions to the life issues must necessarily take into consideration the pope’s roughly 25 years serving as the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).

During his tenure as prefect, the CDF issued the document Donum Vitae, which Haas described as the “gold standard with regard to addressing the issues that arise regarding human life.”