Timing is perfect as we begin this week’s study of USCCA Chapter 29 – “The Fifth Commandment: Promote the Culture of Life.”
Excerpt from this year’s statement for Respect Life month, by Cardinal DiNardo, the Chairman of the USCCB Pro-Life Activities Committee:
The theme of this year’s Respect Life Program is one often expressed by Pope Benedict XVI: “Faith opens our eyes to human life in all its grandeur and beauty.” He reiterated this insight during his recent visit to Lebanon:
The effectiveness of our commitment to peace depends on our understanding of human life. If we want peace, let us defend life! This approach leads us to reject not only war and terrorism, but every assault on innocent human life, on men and women as creatures willed by God. … The grandeur and the raison d’être of each person are found in God alone. The unconditional acknowledgement of the dignity of every human being, of each one of us, and of the sacredness of human life, is linked to the responsibility which we all have before God. We must combine our efforts, then, to develop a sound vision of … the human person. Without this, it is impossible to build true peace.