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Reverence for Life

We hold life sacred from conception to natural death. We support policies and services that assist pregnant women to make life-affirming choices.  We advocate for restrictions on the practice and public funding of abortion. We support stem cell research that does not destroy or clone human embryos. We support patient-focused, quality end-of-life care and oppose legalizing assisted suicide. We oppose the use of the death penalty.

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May 3, 2017 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

In their Making Sense of Bioethics newsletter, the National Catholic Bioethics Center takes a look at the complicated moral and ethical problems raised by surrogacy:

March 20, 2017 Death Penalty, Reverence for Life, Restorative Justice

In an odd and unexplained rule change proposal, California may ban chaplains from meeting with death row prisoners nearer than three hours before their scheduled execution.

The California Department of Corrections (CDCR) is engaged in a detailed revision of its procedures for ending the lives of prisoners sentenced to death. The elaborate set of rules specifies in minute detail death drug formulation, testing, staff training, protocols and numerous other aspects of executions.

January 25, 2017 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

Every child who, rather than being born, is condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who even before he was born, and then just after birth, experienced the world’s rejection. And every elderly person…even if he is ill or at the end of his days, bears the face of Christ.

January 18, 2017 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

The inviolability of the person which is a reflection of the absolute inviolability of God, fínds its primary and fundamental expression in the inviolability of human life.

January 11, 2017 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

The victims of this [throwaway] culture are precisely the weakest and most fragile human beings — the unborn, the poorest, the sick and elderly, the seriously handicapped, etc. — who are in danger of being ‘thrown away,’ expelled from a system that must be efficient at all costs…It is necessary to raise awareness and form the lay faithful, in whatever state, especially those engaged in the field of politics, so that they may think in accord with the Gospel and the social doctrine of the church and act consistently by dialoguing and collaborati

January 5, 2017 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life
Bishops of Canadian Atlantic Provinces 
 
In our Catholic tradition we often refer to the church as our mother. We perceive her as a mother who lovingly accompanies us throughout life and who especially wishes to support and guide us when we are faced with difficult situations and decisions. It is from this perspective that we, the bishops of the Atlantic Episcopal Assembly, wish to share with you this pastoral reflection on medical assistance in dying.
 
July 19, 2016 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

Only one month after physician-assisted suicide became legal in California, a state agency is proposing to adopt emergency regulations that would transfer implementation and the potentially serious liabilities of the new law from state-run and funded agencies to the private sector. 

June 23, 2016 Death Penalty, Reverence for Life

The initiative to eliminate the use of California’s death penalty law has officially qualified for this November’s ballot.

The measure to revoke capital punishment in the state collected almost 405,000 signatures – well above the 365,000 verifiable signatures required for certification.

California, the most populous state in the country, has the largest population of death row inmates. Repealing the law would change the death sentences of almost 750 convicted inmates to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

June 6, 2016 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

(Spanish) The California Catholic Conference of Bishops, comprised of Bishops from the two archdioceses and 10 dioceses of California, issued the following statement on the legalization of physician-assisted suicide on June 9, 2016:

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