Does killing happen? Yes. Do we try to lessen our culpability? Yes, and at times justifiably so. And yet, murder, the killing of another human being at any stage in life, is always an objective evil that never contributes to the growth of humanity in its relationship with God or with other human beings. Neither cultural practice, circumstance nor judgment of a competent authority can change that.
Shaun Lowery, Oblates of St. Francis de Sales