Teaching to uphold the sanctity and dignity of all human life
The Diocesan Respect Life Office serves as the primary resource to the Bishop and all parishes, schools and ministries of the diocese in all areas related to the Church’s pro-life mission and teaching to uphold the sanctity and dignity of all human life from conception until death – including but not limited to abortion, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, infanticide, capital punishment and stem cell research.
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“It is impossible to further the common good without acknowledging and defending the right to life, upon which all the other inalienable rights of individuals are founded and from which they develop. A society lacks solid foundations when, on the one hand, it asserts values such as the dignity of the person, justice and peace, but then, on the other hand, radically acts to the contrary by allowing or tolerating a variety of ways in which human life is devalued and violated, especially where it is weak or marginalized. Only respect for life can be the foundation and guarantee of the most precious and essential goods of society, such as democracy and peace.”
– Pope John Paul II, Evangelium vitae (1995), no. 101
Rev Paul C B Schenck
Director, Office of Respect Life Activities
Supportive Ministry, Diocese of Harrisburg
Respect Life Office: 717-657-4804 x282
Supportive Ministry Office: 717-657-4804 x293
2016-2017 Respect Life Program
Six topics are covered in this year’s program:
- post-abortion healing
- end-of-life care
- assisted suicide
- Laudato Si’
To order resources to implement this year’s theme please visit the USCCB’s Respect Life page.