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Every person, every one, has dignity. According to the Catholic Church, all people are created in the image and likeness of God. Regardless of any circumstance, every person has an inherent and immeasurable worth and dignity; each human life is sacred. The topics on this page focus on issues that violate the principle of Human Dignity that is an intrinsic part of Catholic Social Teaching.
“As a gift from God, every human life is sacred from conception to natural death. The life and dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every stage and in every condition. The right to life is the first and most fundamental principle of human rights that leads Catholics to actively work for a world of greater respect for human life and greater commitment to justice and peace.” ~ USCCB
1 in 4 women in the United States has had an abortion (Gallup). Abortion hurts each one of us. As medical science and human reason confirm what we know by faith to be true, we provide hope and resources for all those affected by an abortion experience as well as information on abortion and alternative pregnancy options.
“Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life. ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you…’” Catechism 2270
“Today there exists a great multitude of weak and defenseless human beings, unborn children in particular, whose fundamental right to life is being trampled upon. If, at the end of the last century, the Church could not be silent about the injustices of those times, still less can she be silent today, when the social injustices of the past, unfortunately not yet overcome, are being compounded in many regions of the world by still more grievous forms of injustice and oppression, even if these are being presented as elements of progress in view of a new world order.” Evangelium Vitae p 5
Assisted Suicide & Euthanasia
Every life is precious. Adverse medical diagnoses are tragic, but no diagnosis is set in stone. As Catholics, we are called to support and to help those who are facing depression, disability, or fear in response to circumstances that make euthanasia attractive to them or to those around them. God’s plan is carried out through hardship and joy alike. Physician-assisted suicide entails making lethal means available to the patient to be used at a time of the patient’s own choosing. By contrast, voluntary euthanasia entails the physician taking an active role in carrying out the patient’s request, and usually involves intravenous delivery of a lethal substance.
“Here though we shall concentrate particular attention on another category of attacks, affecting life in its earliest and in its final stages, attacks which present new characteristics with respect to the past and which raise questions of extraordinary seriousness. It is not only that in generalized opinion these attacks tend no longer to be considered as ‘crimes’; paradoxically they assume the nature of ‘rights’, to the point that the State is called upon to give them legal recognition and to make them available through the free services of health-care personnel. Such attacks strike human life at the time of its greatest frailty, when it lacks any means of self-defence. Even more serious is the fact that, most often, those attacks are carried out in the very heart of and with the complicity of the family-the family which by its nature is called to be the ‘sanctuary of life’.” Evangelium Vitae 11
Bioethical Issues is a topic that we, as Catholics, must take into consideration in our daily lives. As science continues to progress, we Catholics must pause and evaluate the moral implications of each new horizon. God has called us to cooperate fully with His divine plan. Increasing our intelligence and grasp of the universe must be balanced with diving deeper into our knowledge of God and his moral plan for humanity. The best resource available for Bioethical Issues is currently the website for The National Catholic Bioethics Center. This thorough resource provides everything a person would need at their fingertips when confronted with a bioethical dilemma. The photo and heading above are both directly linked to this page.
“It is urgent to study and analyze more intensely the effects of [the] technological evolution of society in order to develop an anthropological response that can give an adequate explanation of the challenges that mark the age we live in.” ~Pope Francis 2017
Ending the life of a human being prematurely means denying that person a chance at reconciliation. Every human has fallen short of divine perfection and every human is deserving of grace. We must be advocates for true rehabilitation, not for vengeance.
“In his address to Congress during his 2015 Apostolic visit to the United States, Pope Francis, echoing the views of his predecessors, called for ‘the global abolition of the death penalty.’ He further stated that, ‘[A] just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation.’ As the Catechism of the Catholic Church now provides, ‘The death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.” USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development Issues
More and more of our population is falling to risk of human trafficking as people feel isolated from help or resources to escape terrible, manipulative situations. This use of humans as property and products further destroys the value placed on all life.
“It is not possible to remain indifferent before the knowledge that human beings are bought and sold like goods! I think of the adoption of children for the extraction of their organs, of women deceived and obliged to prostitute themselves, of workers exploited and denied rights or a voice, and so on. And this is human trafficking. It is precisely on this level that we need to make a good examination of conscience: how many times have we permitted a human being to be seen as an object, to be put on show in order to sell a product or to satisfy an immoral desire? The human person ought never to be sold or bought as if he or she were a commodity. Whoever uses human persons in this way and exploits them, even if indirectly, becomes an accomplice of injustice.” — Message on the occasion of the annual Lenten “Fraternity Campaign” in Brazil with the theme of “Fraternity and human trafficking,” March 5, 2014
Along with the Office for Catholic Social Action, we are working to combat racial prejudices still present within our society. Though no longer blatant, racism still is at play for many people who face disadvantage due to their race.
“But racism still profoundly affects our culture, and it has no place in the Christian heart. This evil causes great harm to its victims, and it corrupts the souls of those who harbor racist or prejudicial thoughts. The persistence of the evil of racism is why we are writing this letter now.” Open Wide Our Hearts (USCCB)
“The primary intention of the consistent ethic of life…is to raise consciousness about the sanctity and reverence of all human life from conception to natural death. The more one embraces this concept, the more sensitive one becomes to the value of human life itself at all stages…. This consistent ethic points out the inconsistency of defending life in one area while dismissing it in another. Each specific issue requires its own moral analysis and each may call for varied, specific responses. Moreover different issues may engage the energies of different people or of the same people at different times. But there is a linkage among all the life issues which cannot be ignored….” ~Cardinal Joseph Bernardin