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Upholding the Dignity of Human Life



      Resources for being part of pro-life ministry in the Archdiocese of Boston

      “Life is sacred. Life is a mystery. Life must be protected, nurtured, respected. The Gospel of Life is the centerpiece of the Church’s social teaching…It is our task to witness to the truth that love, compassion and solidarity can build a just society that will be safer for the poor, the unborn and those on the periphery.”         

      Being pro-life certainly means opposing abortion but, for Catholics, being pro-life also means more than just opposing abortion. The Church calls us to care for and respect the dignity of life at all stages, from its earliest days in the womb to the time of our natural death – and at all stages in between.

      In a special way, we are called to provide care to the most vulnerable and marginalized among us which includes the unborn, the terminally ill, those with severe disabilities, those on death row, and refugees and migrants around the world who have been displaced by war, famine and civil unrest.

      In its Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities: A Campaign in Support of Life, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops explains why abortion is so important and also why other threats to human dignity must also be addressed:

      “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. Call your legislator's office and tell him No to Roe . They are not taking the Governor's recommendations which he sent back to them. Its imperatve that we all stand for life.

      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.

      We invite you to join your prayers, compassion. and advocacy to promote the dignity of life made in the image and likeness of God.

      This website has been developed by the Pro Life Office of the Archdiocese of Boston  to encourage and facilitate Catholics to be part of the Church’s pro-life ministries


    • Seán Cardinal O’Malley, OFM Cap
                                                                                                                                                                           Pro-Life Homily - 1/23/20

      What does it mean to be “pro-life”?