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Respect Life

The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society.  All tenets of Catholic Social Teaching emerge from this core principle.  In his encyclical, The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae), Pope John Paul II wrote: “In giving life to man, God demands that he love, respect and promote life. The gift thus becomes a commandment, and the commandment is itself a gift” (no.52). In our society, human life is under direct attack from abortion and euthanasia, and it is threatened by cloning, embryonic stem cell research, and the use of the death penalty.  Catholic teaching also calls us to avoid war and resolve conflicts by peaceful means.  The measure of every social insitution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.

Upcoming Event 

 Join in on the “40 Days for Life Worldwide Prayer Campaign:
September 25 to November 3, 2013.”   To learn more click here.

A Consistent Ethic of Life

Pope John Paul II proclaimed in Evangelium Vitae,  “Where life is involved, the service of charity must be profoundly consistent.  It cannot tolerate bias and discriminstion, for human life is sacred and inviolable at every stage and in every situation; it is an indivisible good”  At the conference, “Choose Life: The Heart of It All,” the Archdiocesan Catholic Social Action and Family and Respect Life Offices offered a workshop presentation on this aspect of Church teaching.  You can download the slides here.

Take Action Now!

Visit our Action Alert page to find out how you can encourage federal, state and local lawmakers to protect life!

To find statements from our Ohio bishops and current statewide action alerts, visit the Catholic Conference of Ohio’s Ending Abortion: Protecting the Unborn and Their Parents page.

To learn more about the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops efforts and national action alerts, visit the USCCB’s Pro-Life Activities page.

Parishes for Life Pregnancy Help Center Brochure

The newly designed, You Are Not Alone brochure offers a listing of pregnancy care centers and other resources to support low-income parents in the Greater Cincinnati, Dayton and Springfield areas.  To download a PDF version of the brochure, click here for the Greater Cincinnati area; click here for the Miami Valley area.

The brochure grew out of the 2010 Parishes for Life Task Force, an organized ministry of the Advocates for Justice Greater Cincinnati Collaborative, and it is now intended to become an official Archdiocesan resource distributed by the Family Life and Catholic Social Action Offices.  Parishes that would like multiple copies can purchase them by contacting either office.  You can learn more about this helpful resource from The Catholic Telegraph feature, “Pregnancy help information distributed throughout archdiocese.”

The task force has also had great success in getting these brochures into public libraries, non-Catholic churches, and even those who bear witness in front of abortion clinics.  We are now working on getting them in the hands of public and Catholic school nurses and counselors.

More Archdiocesan Efforts for Life

To learn more about the Archdiocesan Respect Life efforts, please visit the Family and Respect Life Office.