Written on: October 6, 2014
If you visit the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/index.cfm you will read the following:
“For the Church, there is no distinction between defending human life and promoting the dignity of the human person. 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.”
October is Pro-life Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month and October 11 – 12 is JubileeUSA Weekend. You see how these three issues are really just one, defending and promoting the dignity of the human person.
As part of our Social Justice outreach, the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart bring these issues to your attention in order to engage us all in ongoing education for greater commitment to justice and peace and to come to understand that whether we advocate for environmental protection, for just wages, immigration reform, abolition of the death penalty, debt relief or the myriad other issues that cry to heaven, we are “defending human life and promoting the dignity of the human person.”
In addition to this letter are two additional posts that address pro-life from two different avenues. I hope you will find them interesting. One is on Domestic Violence and the other is the Pope’s Secretary of State Address to the UN Climate Change Summit last week.
Sister Diane Bardol, GNSH