October is Respect Life Month
It is good for us to have a month in which to particularly remember our belief in the sanctity of life, from which flows our Catholic belief in the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. Unnecessary human interventions which impair or destroy the gift of human life are acts of evil, are occasions of sin, and must be avoided lest we endanger our own souls.
Life is a gift from God. God is the author of life. We do not own human life such that we can have the freedom to destroy or dispose of it. We are the stewards of the human life God gives, and our responsibility is to be a good steward, of our life, and the lives of others.
Catholics should form their consciences keeping in mind the broad spectrum of the teaching of the church, and then review their choices with prayerful reflection prior to voting. There is an obvious and logical primacy to the protection of human life from the first moment of conception. You have to be alive—you have to … more
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat
Hope and Healing Ministries is sponsoring a Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreat for spiritual and emotional healing after abortion. This confidential, supportive retreat is for anyone hurting inside after abortion. For more information or to donate or volunteer call (563) 322-1645 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Scholarships are available. You can also visit www.rachelsvineyard.org or call a toll-free hotline: 1-877-896-HOPE.
Priests for Life Comments on Bishops’ Election Document
Baltimore, MD. — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, who is present this week at the deliberations of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued this statement this morning regarding the bishops’ statement, ‘Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility,’ due to be voted on today:
‘Priests for Life welcomes the bishops’ statement providing concrete guidance to Catholics and other Americans about their responsibilities in the political arena. The bishops’ statement calls us to avoid two extremes in considering the many important issues that voters must consider. One is to ignore the distinctions among the issues; the other is to ignore some of the issues when making the distinctions. Today’s statement is a helpful tool in achieving the right balance.
‘The bishops point out, and we echo, that the direct and intentional destruction of innocent human life – by abortion, for instance — is always wrong and is not just one issue among many. If we do not welcome and protect the tiniest children, how can we welcome immigrants and the poor? If we cannot protect our children from the abortionists’ forceps, how can we protect ourselves from the terrorists’ bombs?’
For the full text of Fr. Pavone’s statement, visit www.PoliticalResponsibility.org.