Inspired by Catholic Social Teaching, the Missionary Oblates JPIC initiative is an advocate for the dignity of all human life. We believe that life is sacred and should be protected in all of its stages. Read more about pro-life issues.
The Church has spoken many times on the sanctity of life. In his 2007 Address to the Participants at the 12th General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Pope Benedict XVI stated that “Life is the first good received from God and is fundamental to all others; to guarantee the right to life for all and in an equal manner for all is the duty upon which the future of humanity depends…God’s love does not differentiate between the newly conceived infant still in his or her mother’s womb and the child or young person, or the adult and the elderly person. God does not distinguish between them because he sees an impression of his own image and likeness (Gen 1:26) in each one.”
As a society, we lack a fundamental respect for human life. Every year, thousands of lives are lost to abortion and the death penalty, and assisted suicide is becoming legal in an increasing number of states. In addition, individuals facing a terminal illness or an unplanned pregnancy do not receive the support they need.
What We Are Doing
Through our educational outreach we seek to foster a greater respect for human life, from conception to natural death. Through advocacy, we work to enact change, ensuring the protection of those most vulnerable in our society. Since 2009 JPIC has been a member of Consistent Life, an organization committed to opposing all forms of killing, including war, abortion, capital punishment, and euthanasia.
What You Can Do
Contact your representatives and urge them to take measures to protect innocent life. Support programs such as Project Rachel and local crisis pregnancy centers. Participate in your local March for Life in January of each year. Join us in witnessing to the beauty of all human life.
United States Bishops’ Faithful Citizenship initiative: “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship”
Fr. Dwight Hoeberechts, OMI recently participated in a cross-country walk for life. Read about it here