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Respect Life Issues

Our ministry focuses on issues defined by the Archdiocese of Chicago Respect Life Office and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Religious Liberty

Pope Benedict XIV stated religious liberty is the "most cherished of American freedoms". We are Catholics.  We are Americans. We are proud to be both grateful for the gift of faith as Christian disciples and grateful for the gift of liberty which is ours as American citizens.

"The vision of our founding fathers and our Constitution guarantees citizens of all religious faiths the right to contribute to our common life together." said Cardinal Dolan.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee for Religious Liberty, April 12, 2012
Our First, Most Cherished Liberty: A Statement on Religious Liberty
 

April 2, 2017 An Old Irish proverb states:
It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.’
Indeed, we are created to depend upon one another and walk together in suffering.”
Visit www.goo.gl/fvSEYp for 10 ways to care for loved ones approaching life’s end. 
Caring for Loved Ones at Life’s End USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, 2016-17 Respect Life Program 

 

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"As Christians we must love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us, but as Christians we must also stand up for what we believe and always be ready to fight for the Faith.  The days in which we live now require heroic Catholicism, not casual Catholicism. We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead be Catholics by conviction." Bishop Jenky, Peoria, IL

The Life and Dignity of the Human Person

    May married couples experience the fullness of God's plan for their love through openness to life.
     Click here–
Married Love and the Gift of Life, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop
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Marriage, the Sanctuary of Life" presents, in a fascinating and compelling way, the Catholic vision of marriage, drawing from Scripture, Pope Saint John Paul II, and social research.  

 couple walking

The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops pledges to affirm
he instrinsic value of human life and the dignity of every human being
in a way that transforms the culture by implementing the following plan.

Click on the link below for more information:
The Life and Dignity of the Human Person”
Priority Plan for 2013-2016.
   

Additional Issues

Read more and click on the highlighted issues from USCCB below:     

         Project Rachael - visit HopeAfterAbortion.org.        
          Assisted Suicide
             To Live Each Day with Dignity

 

Safe Babies. Safe Place.  Safe Haven.

Illinois Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act defines the Safe Haven law enacted in 2001.  It allows a parent in crisis up to 30 days to safely and legally relinquish an unharmed newborn in the arms of staff at any safe haven.  In Illinois, Safe Havens are fire stations, police stations, hospitals, and emergency care centers. Those who leave their unharmed baby with personnel at a Safe Haven can remain anonymous and do so without fear of prosecution.

www.saveabandonedbabies.org
www.restinhisarms.org
http://www.nationalsafehavenalliance.org/

www.optionline.org (800)712-4357
emergency helpline

www.heartbeatinternational.org/worldwide-directory

Service Opportunities for Life

Women's Center of Chicago
(773)794-1313, www.womens-center.org

Knights of Columbus (Chicago)
McGiveny Center for Hope and Healing
www.thewellofmercy.com, 773-277-4227

Heather House in Des Plaines
www.helpaidforwomen.org, 847-795-3700