Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Many politicians...

“Many politicians, like much of the American public, seem to be unaware that abortion and euthanasia are serious violations of the inalienable right to life. These are not just 'Church' issues but are governed by the natural law of God, which is binding upon all human beings. The right to life is the most fundamental of all rights, since a person deprived of life has no other rights.”
~ Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J.+ ~

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I become more and more convinced...

“I become more and more convinced that we as bishops have been too silent for too long. I fear that we have left in error by our silence many who could have been taught. I fear that we have often failed to 'say openly what is right because of fear of losing the favor of men.' I do not necessarily expect that the clear and consistent teachings of the Church will be warmly received and accepted by a very secular age, but the decision about whether to speak or to remain silent must be based on the conviction about what is right and true and good, not what is popular.”
~ Bishop Robert Vasa, Catholic Sentinel, November 5, 2004 ~

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Let us never pretend that abortion...

“Let us never pretend that abortion is just a social or political phenomenon that has to be voted out of office to be defeated. We must do everything we can to restore legal protection to our most innocent citizens, but our battle against the devil will not be won at the polls. It will be won on our knees before the Lord and on our feet before the centers of death. More than ever we need men and women of tested holiness who are willing to fight the spiritual battle for the lives of God’s precious babies and the souls of their mothers and fathers.”
~ Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer - The “Sacrament” of Abortion, Spirit & Life, August 10, 2007 ~

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

There are those who are constantly...

“There are those who are constantly trying to write the obituary of the pro-life movement. I remember in the mid-1980's a television commentator reporting on the huge crowd at the annual March for Life as the "dying gasp" of the movement. It is 20 years later and the pro-life movement is growing stronger and younger.”
~ Archbishop Joseph Naumann, Zenit Interview, 11/19/08 ~

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Abortion kills not only unborn children...

"Abortion kills not only unborn children; it destroys constitutional order and the common good, which is assured only when the life of every human being is legally protected. Aggressively pro-abortion policies, legislation and executive orders will permanently alienate tens of millions of Americans, and would be seen by many as an attack on the free exercise of their religion."
~ Cardinal Francis George, Statement at the USCCB Fall Assembly, November 12, 2008 ~

Thursday, November 06, 2008

It is all right to be disappointed...

"It is all right to be disappointed at the end of an election season, but one must never walk away. Amidst disappointment is abiding hope in America, where everything remains possible, and where a new chapter of the pro-life movement has just begun. The efforts that were made, and the sacrifices endured in this election season made a difference, and we will build on that difference to see another day when the work and the ballots of pro-life people will dismantle the Culture of Death. We will keep marching toward that pro-life America we seek, and won’t stop until we get there."
~ Fr. Frank Pavone, A Grave Mistake and an Abiding Hope ~

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The failure to protect life...

"The failure to protect life in its most vulnerable stages renders suspect any claims to the 'rightness' of positions in other matters affecting the poorest and least powerful of the human community. If we understand the human person as „the temple of the Holy Spirit‟ – the living house of God – then these latter issues fall logically into place as the crossbeams and walls of that house. All direct attacks on innocent human life, such as abortion and euthanasia, strike at the house’s foundation. These directly and immediately violate the human person‟s most fundamental right – the right to life. Neglect of these issues is the equivalent of building our house on sand."
~ Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics, 23., Catholic Hierarchy on Voting ~

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Abortion kills an unborn, developing human life...

"Abortion kills an unborn, developing human life. It is always gravely evil, and so are the evasions employed to justify it. Catholics who make excuses for it - whether they’re famous or not - fool only themselves and abuse the fidelity of those Catholics who do sincerely seek to follow the Gospel and live their Catholic faith. The duty of the Church and other religious communities is moral witness.
The duty of the state and its officials is to serve the common good, which is always rooted in moral truth. A proper understanding of the "separation of Church and state" does not imply a separation of faith from political life.
But of course, it’s always important to know what our faith actually teaches."
~ Archbishop Charles Chaput, "On the Separation of Sense and State...", August 25, 2008 ~

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Abortion needs to be...

"Abortion needs to be in our country a defining issue and we ought not be afraid to make it a defining issue because when we do that we will have an end of abortion in this country."
~ Bishop Robert Vasa, LifeSiteNews Interview, September 12, 2008 ~

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

We can't reduce abortions by promoting abortion...

"We can’t reduce abortions by promoting abortion. We cannot reduce abortions by invalidating the very laws that have been shown to reduce abortions. We cannot reduce abortions by insisting that every program supporting women in childbirth and child care must also support abortion. No one who sponsors or supports legislation like FOCA can credibly claim to be part of a good-faith discussion on how to reduce abortions."
~ Cardinal Justin Rigali, Chairman of the Bishops Committee for Pro-Life Activities, 9/19/08 ~

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Our media are the streets...

"Our media are the streets...Abortion will end when the People of God say so. Now is the time for people of every religious and political background to join together to stop the killing. When we come out on the streets, we always win. Fewer babies die and more consciences are stirred to action, starting with our own."
~ Fr. Frank Pavone, Speaking about 40 Days for Life, 9/24/08 ~

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I would like to say, humbly...

"I would like to say, humbly, to those who suffer and to those who struggle and are tempted to turn their backs on life: turn towards Mary! Within the smile of the Virgin lies mysteriously hidden the strength to fight against sickness, in support of life. With her, equally, is found the grace to accept without fear or bitterness to leave this world at the hour chosen by God".
~ Pope Benedict XVI, Lourdes 9/15/08 ~

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Destruction of the embryo...

“Destruction of the embryo in the mother’s womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed on this nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder.”
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer ~

Saturday, August 30, 2008

The contention between...

"The contention between the culture of life and the culture of death is not a battle of our own choosing. We are not the ones who imposed upon the nation the lethal logic that human beings have no rights we are bound to respect if they are too small, too weak, too dependent, too burdensome. That lethal logic, backed by the force of law, was imposed by an arrogant elite that for almost forty years has been telling us to get over it, to get used to it.
But "We the People," who are the political sovereign in this constitutional democracy, have not gotten over it, we have not gotten used to it, and we will never, we will never ever, agree that the culture of death is the unchangeable law of the land."
~ Fr. John Neuhaus, "We Shall not Weary, We Shall not Rest" National Right to Life Convention, July 2008 ~

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Gospel of Life is...

"The Gospel of Life is not for believers alone: it is for everyone. The issue of life and its defense and promotion is not a concern of the Christian alone. Although faith provides special light and strength, this question arises in every human conscience which seeks the truth and which cares about the future of humanity. Life certainly has a sacred and religious value, but in no way is that value a concern only of believers. The value at stake is one which every human being can grasp by the light of reason; thus it necessarily concerns everyone."
~ Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) ~

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The concerns for non-violence...

"The concerns for non-violence, sustainable development, justice and peace, and care for our environment are of vital importance for humanity. They cannot, however, be understood apart from a profound reflection upon the innate dignity of every human life from conception to natural death: a dignity conferred by God Himself and thus inviolable."
~ Pope Benedict XVI, Sydney, Australia, July 17, 2008 ~

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A correct conscience...

"A correct conscience recognizes that there are some choices that always involve doing evil and which can never be done even as a means to a good end. These choices include elective abortion, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, the destruction of embryonic human beings in stem-cell research, human cloning and same-sex marriage. Such acts are judged to be intrinsically evil, that is, evil in and of themselves, regardless of our motives or the circumstances. They constitute an attack against innocent human life, as well as marriage and family."
~ Bishops of Kansas, Moral Principals for Catholic Voters, 2006 ~

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

We cannot make peace...

"We cannot make peace with the barrenness of contraception, abortion and homosexuality, precisely because these evils deny the most fundamental God-given principle. They contradict life, fruitfulness, hope; and they deny the family which exists to cooperate with God in the procreation of life."
~ Fr. Allan Hawkins,, Salve, June 6, 2008 ~

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Science teaches that human life begins...

"Science teaches that human life begins at conception. If it is also true that it is affirmed by religion, it does not for that reason cease to be a strictly scientific truth, to be transformed into a religious opinion. He who denies that human life begins with conception does not need to contend with religion, but science. To deny this certainty of biology is not to express a lack of faith, but a lack of basic knowledge of human genetics, something that is even known by the general public."
~ Ecuadorian Federation of Societies of Gynecology and Obstetrics, April 17, 2008 ~

Thursday, June 12, 2008

To concur with the intention...

"To concur with the intention of another person to commit suicide and to help in carrying it out through so-called "assisted suicide" means to cooperate in, and at times to be the actual perpetrator of, an injustice which can never be excused, even if it is requested. In a remarkably relevant passage Saint Augustine writes that "it is never licit to kill another: even if he should wish it, indeed if he request it because, hanging between life and death, he begs for help in freeing the soul struggling against the bonds of the body and longing to be released; nor is it licit even when a sick person is no longer able to live".
~ Pope John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, no. 66 ~

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

It is not sufficient...

"It is not sufficient to think that, since candidate X takes the 'right position' on other issues such as the economy, foreign relations, defense, etc. but only goes wrong on abortion, one can in good conscience, vote for him/her. Abortion deals with the first and most basic human right, without which there is nothing left to talk about."
~ Father Matthew Habiger, OSB, HLI Reports, April 1996 ~

Thursday, May 22, 2008

We cannot but recognize...

"We cannot but recognize that, in practical terms, defending human life has become more difficult today, because a mentality has been created that progressively devalues human life and entrusts it to the judgement of individuals. A consequence deriving therefrom is lessened respect for the human person, a value that lies at the foundation of any form of civil coexistence, over and above the faith a person may profess."
~ Pope Benedict XVI, speaking to the Italian Movement for Life, May 12, 2008 ~

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

All who are genuinely committed...

"All who are genuinely committed to the advancement of women can and must offer a woman or a girl who is pregnant, frightened, and alone a better alternative than the destruction of her own unborn child."
~ Mary Ann Glendon, Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, September 5, 1995 ~

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Find the courage...

"Find the courage to proclaim Christ, ... and the unchanging truths which have their foundation in Him. These are the truths that set us free! They are the truths which alone can guarantee respect for the inalienable dignity and rights of each man, woman and child in our world - including the most defenseless of all human beings, the unborn child in the mother's womb.
~ Pope Benedict XVI, Homily at Yankee Stadium, April 20, 2008 ~

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

with time the threats against life...

"...'with time the threats against life have not grown weaker. They are taking on vast proportions...' Aside from intentions, which can be varied and perhaps can seem convincing at times, especially if presented in the name of solidarity, we are in fact faced by an objective "conspiracy against life", involving even international Institutions, engaged in encouraging and carrying out actual campaigns to make contraception, sterilization and abortion widely available. Nor can it be denied that the mass media are often implicated in this conspiracy, by lending credit to that culture which presents recourse to contraception, sterilization, abortion and even euthanasia as a mark of progress and a victory of freedom, while depicting as enemies of freedom and progress those positions which are unreservedly pro-life."
~ Gospel of Life, Pope John Paul II, March 25, 2005 ~

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

More proof that science...

"More proof that science is the enemy of the pro-abortionists can be seen in reading their reaction to sonograms. NARAL and Planned Parenthood have done everything they can to keep women ignorant about the latest scientific advances. That is why they oppose virtually every state and federal law allowing for informed consent. They are positively frightened by ultrasound pictures. Indeed, an abortionist from Long Island recently admitted that 'no woman is going to want an abortion after she sees a sonogram.' He’s afraid he may lose his job."
~ Science Undermines Abortion Activists, Catalyst, January-February 2008 ~

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Pray that the witness of 40 Days for Life...

"Pray that the witness of 40 Days for Life bears abundant fruit, and that we begin again each day to storm the gates of hell until God welcomes us into the gates of heaven."
~ Fr. Frank Pavone, 40 Days for Life, Day 41+, March 18, 2008 ~

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Though you may have not...

"Though you may have not formally studied philosophy, though you may not have imagined yourself as a champion of inalienable rights and the common good or seen yourself as a defender of the intrinsic dignity of personhood within the culture, there is no one more suited to the task of rescuing the culture than you...Whatever our call might be, no matter how grand or small, we must commit ourselves to doing something, for this is true freedom."
~ Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., Healing the Culture, p. 337 ~

Thursday, February 28, 2008

An abortion kills the life...

"An abortion kills the life of the baby after it has begun. It is dangerous to your life and health."
~ Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 1963, as quoted in Catalyst, January - February 2008 ~

Thursday, February 21, 2008

John Paul II acknowledged...

John Paul II acknowledged, "We are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the 'culture of death' and the 'culture of life.' We find ourselves not only 'faced with' but necessarily 'in the midst of' this conflict: We are all involved and we all share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro-life" (Evangelium Vitae, No. 28). He calls us as Catholics, true to the faith we have received, to be "unconditionally pro-life" and to accept this responsibility no matter what the cost.
~ Bishop Samuel Aquila, "The Sanctity of Human Life from Conception to Natural Death", November 15, 2007 ~

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Each according to his...

"...each according to his or her possibilities, profession and responsibilities, should feel in themselves an obligation to love and serve life, from its beginning to its natural end. It is, in fact, everyone's duty to welcome human life as a gift to be respected, protected and promoted, even more so when it is fragile and in need of attention and care, either before birth or when it is in its final stages."
~ Pope Benedict XVI, Welcome Life, Before Birth and in its Final Stages, February 3, 2008 ~

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Assisted Suicide...

"Assisted Suicide...Don't sign your own death warrant."
~ Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett, The Archbishop's Hour, January 10, 2008 ~

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Bad law and defective moral reasoning...

"Bad law and defective moral reasoning produce the evasive language to justify evil. Nothing else can explain the verbal and ethical gymnastics required by elected officials to justify their support for partial-birth abortion, a procedure in which infants are brutally killed during the process of delivery. The same sanitized marketing is now deployed on behalf of physician-assisted suicide, fetal experimentation and human cloning. Each reduces the human person to a problem or an object. Each can trace its lineage in no small part to Roe."
~ Living the Gospel of Life, no. 10, USCCB ~

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

I dream...

"I dream ...of a world where we can commit our social resources to the development of human life and not to its destruction."
~ Benazir Bhutto, Cairo population conference, 1994 ~

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

If you would...

“If you would be quiet, you’d learn something."
~ Kathy McEntee, responding to hecklers at the March for Life, January 2005 ~

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

You destroy those...

"You destroy those who are tiny in body because fear is destroying your heart."
~Saint Quodvultdeus (in reference to Herod and the Holy Innocents)~