Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God's creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.
-- Pope Francis' Day for Life greeting to the people of England/Scotland/Wales & Ireland (July 17, 2013)
The teaching of the Church is that human life should be respected and protected from conception until natural death. This page will contain teaching, commentary, and news of local events and actions.
Evangelium Vitae - "The Gospel of Life" from Pope John Paul II
From the US Conference of Catholic Bishops:
Jackie Bonk, Director
Diocese of Raleigh Advance Directive
Legal and medical issues related to the planning for the end of life can be complicated and difficult. The Diocese of Raleigh has created a resource which expresses our Catholic teaching about the sanctity and beauty of life, while assisting the faithful in the practical decisions that must be made at the end of life. This Advance Directive document, which includes a Healthcare Power of Attorney with definitions, instructions and the appointment of a health care agent, was prepared in consultation with both Catholic Bioethics and legal experts in the applicable laws of the State of North Carolina. This resource is recommended to you for your use to assist in creating a legal document that reflects your wishes for the end of your own life or that of your loved one. You may download a copy of this document by accessing the following web address: www.dioceseofraleigh.org/how/pro-life/publications.aspx.
From the US Bishops Conference...
The USCCB is a great source of information on both national and global issues. See two items below which came out this week and are relevant to our work on human dignity.
Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop Lori Urge Congress To Include Abortion Non-Discrimination Act in Funding Legislation
Archbishop Wenski, Bishop Cantu Urge Congress To Protect Programs That Help the Poor and Vulnerable
Last Updated: December 4, 2014