Bishops' Pastoral Plan For Pro Life Activites
Introduction: The teaching of the Catholic Church
on the intrinsic dignity of human life and on our own individual and societal
duty to respect human life remains clear and unequivocal. For all who believe
and adhere to this teaching, there is an unquestionable responsibility to
generate greater respect for human life than currently exists. Within a current
situation of permissive abortion, that responsibility is truly significant. In
fact, it becomes a difficult task. To aid in meeting this responsibility, the
National Conference of Catholic Bishops adopted the Bishops' Pastoral Plan for
Pro Life Activities. In conjunction with this national effort, the Bishops of
Nebraska have implemented the Pastoral Plan in this
state. The affiliated organization started in 2002 is
Catholics for Life.
Pastoral Plan Document Excerpt
"All human beings ought to value every person
for his or her uniqueness as a creature of God, called to be a brother or
sister of Christ by reason of the incarnation and the universal redemption.
For us, the sacredness of human life is based on these premises. And it is
on these same premises that there is based our celebration of life--all
human life. This explains our efforts to defend human life against every
influence or action that threatens or weakens it, as well as our endeavors
to make every life more human in all its aspects.
Prayer and sacrifice are essential to every aspect
of this program. Without God’s merciful assistance, we labor in vain. We
therefore invoke that assistance today by entrusting this plan to the
intercession of the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ and of all who
have life through him, and we ask all the faithful to pray the Hail Mary
daily for the success of this effort.
came that you might have life and have it to the full" (John 10:10)