right to life

Building Upon, or Destroying, the Cornerstone of the Common Good

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Last Saturday, Pope Francis welcomed to the Vatican leaders of the Italian pro-life movement the day before Italy’s annual pro-life day, held since 1978 on the first Sunday of February. He spoke powerfully about how “the defense of life is not carried out in only one way, or with one gesture, but it’s done in a multiplicity of actions, attentions, […]

The Blessing of Married Life and the Gift of Children

I have a message of hope and encouragement this morning. I believe this message is urgently needed. Why? Because too many of us feel hopeless and discouraged. We look here and there for happiness and fulfillment, but find no meaning for our lives and certainly no joy. I am certain that we would all agree that we live in exceedingly […]

The Abortion Exception to the Practice of Discrimination

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In most political and cultural circles, for decades, there has been much talk, passionate action and legal success in the fight against unjust discrimination. Persons are created equal in dignity and most people naturally rebel when someone suffers prejudice or injustice on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, handicap or other reasons. But one area that generally gets […]

What the Pro-Life Movement Needs to Remember

Today, hundreds of thousands of people will converge on Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life. The crowds will be larger and younger than the media will portray, and the atmosphere will be like that of a family reunion. I remember my first (of many) Marches when I was in high school. I was shocked by the joy I […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta on the Right to Life

“Human rights are not a privelige conferred by government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign.” (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Amicus brief filed before U.S. Supreme Court, February […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Francis

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“Every civil right rests on the recognition of the first and fundamental right, that of life, which is not subordinate to any condition, be it quantitative, economic or, least of all, ideological.” (Pope Francis, April 11, 2014) Print this entry

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

“Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.” (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta; National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C, February 5, 1994) Print this entry