Catholic Social Action
100 East 8th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 421-3131 ext. 2660
Fax: (513) 421-1582
Pam Long – Regional Director
Catholic Social Action
1436 Needmore Road
Dayton, OH 45414
Phone: (937) 224-3026
Fax: (937) 341-5036
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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.
Nine Months with Christ in the Womb
From March 25th to December 25th 2015, the Archdiocesan Family and Respect Life Office, with support from Catholic Social Action and other offices, is encouraging all parishes to join us in participation of this Respect Life Prayer Campaign. Promoting a consistent ethic of life, this campaign offers a monthly reflection on a different biblical story during the earliest moments of Christ’s time on earth. Each reflection will discuss the imp…ortance of a different social issue such as immigration, death penalty, care for the elderly, concern for the disabled, etc. Additionally, short weekly reflections will be available for parishes to prayerfully chart Christ’s fetal development in their bulletins. We are also asking everyone to pray daily our special prayer to Christ in the womb. Learn more and access the resources 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.