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Statement of Catholic Priests and Deacons
on Political Responsibility

Dear Father/Deacon,

We invite you to sign the following statement. It will be used in a non-partisan way on our website and sent to media outlets nationwide to express our common commitment to life. God bless you! -- Fr. Frank Pavone and Staff

As Catholic clergy, ordained to preach the Gospel of Life, Justice, and Peace, we

a) affirm, in union with our bishops, that all citizens, particularly Catholics, should exercise their duty to vote and should "embrace their citizenship not merely as a duty and privilege, but as an opportunity meaningfully to participate in building the culture of life" (US Bishops, 1998, Living the Gospel of Life, n. 34);

b) embrace a consistent ethic of life, which asserts that all life issues are linked and important, and which acknowledges that "among important issues involving the dignity of human life with which the Church is concerned, abortion necessarily plays a central role" (US Bishops, 2001, Pastoral Plan for Pro-life Activities, A Campaign in Support of Life); and

c) echo our bishops' teaching that "No public official, especially one claiming to be a faithful and serious Catholic, can responsibly advocate for or actively support direct attacks on innocent human life" (US Bishops, 1998, Living the Gospel of Life, n. 32).

We are confident that the Lord of Life and Peace, who has conquered the power of death, offers His people the grace necessary to build a Culture of Life.


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If you want to print out your statement to keep it, or if you prefer to send it to us by fax or in the mail, click here for the printable version. It can be faxed to 718-980-6515, or mailed to Priests for Life, PO Box 141172, Staten Island, NY 10314.

 

 

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