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Life, Justice & Peace: A Consistent Ethic of Life

Catholic Faith Formation
Life, Justice & Peace Ministry 206-382-4268
A service of the Office of Catholic Faith Formation providing faith formation, educational and policy resources to parishes and schools in the area of Catholic Social Teaching. Service includes assisting parishes with the formation of Life, Justice & Peace Commissions/Committees.
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Director of Life, Justice & Peace and Family Life:
Jim Thomas 206-382-4268

A wide spectrum of issues touches on the protection of human life and the promotion of human dignity. …

Among important issues involving the dignity of human life with which the Church is concerned, abortion necessarily plays a central role. … [Abortion’s] victims are the most vulnerable and defenseless members of the human family. It is imperative that those who are called to serve the least among us give urgent attention and priority to this issue of justice. …

To focus on the evil of deliberate killing in abortion and euthanasia is not to ignore the many other urgent conditions that demean human dignity and threaten human rights. Opposing abortion and euthanasia "does not excuse indifference to those who suffer from poverty, violence and injustice. Any politics of human life must work to resist the violence of war and the scandal of capital punishment. Any politics of human dignity must seriously address issues of racism, poverty, hunger, employment, education, housing and health care" (Living the Gospel of Life, no. 23). We pray that Catholics will be advocates for the weak and the marginalized in all these areas.

~ Excerpted from USCCB’s Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities: A Campaign in Support of Life

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