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    Pro-life Educational Resources

    A well-formed conscience is an informed conscience. This collection of educational resources provides a background on the Church's teachings on the sanctity of human life and the role of Catholics in protecting it. Use the knowledge you gain to promote the pro-life message in your community.

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    Pro-life Educational Resources

    A well-formed conscience is an informed conscience. This collection of educational resources provides a background on the Church's teachings on the sanctity of human life and the role of Catholics in protecting it. Use the knowledge you gain to promote the pro-life message in your community.

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    Church Teaching
    Resources from the Knights
    Resources from CIS
    Resources from the USSCB

    POPE FRANCIS

    Good Politics is at the Service of Love (2019): Message of Pope Francis concerning the necessity of peace and justice in politics.

    Amoris Laetitia (2016): Encyclical from Pope Francis on the family. A section on “The Transmission of Life and the Rearing of Children” can be found in paragraphs 80-85.

    Evangelii Gaudium (2013): Encyclical from Pope Francis on the Gospel in today’s world. Paragraphs 213-214 concern the unborn and the sanctity of human life.


    POPE BENEDICT XVI

    Caritas in Veritate (2009): Encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI. Chapter Six features “the Development of Peoples and Technology” and considers the evils of IVF, abortion, human hybrids, embryonic research, eugenics, and cloning in paragraph 75.


    POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II

    Evangelium Vitae (1995): Encyclical from Pope St. John Paul II describing the Church’s teaching on a range of pro-life issues.

    Veritatis Splendor (1993): Encyclical of Pope St. John Paul II detailing the Church’s moral theology and its role in public life. Paragraphs 79-83 consider the intrinsic evils of attacks on the human person.

    Christifideles Laici (1988): Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation of Pope St. John Paul II highlighting the dignity of the human person and the role of laity in the public sphere.


    POPE ST. PAUL VI

    Humanae Vitae (1968): Encyclical from Pope St. Paul VI detailing the Church’s stance on love, marriage, human procreation, parenting, and the harms of birth control.


    POPE ST. JOHN XXIII

    Mater et Magistra (1961): Encyclical of Pope St. John XXIII regarding the role of the Church in community. Statements on the “Respect for the Laws of Life” can be found in paragraphs 193-194.


    POPE PIUS XI

    Casti Connubii (1930): Encyclical of Pope Pius XI defending marriage and articulating the Church’s teaching on contraception.


    OTHER CHURCH TEACHING

    Catechism – 5th Commandment: An overview of the Church’s teaching on respect for human life.

    CDF Doctrinal Note on Questions regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life (2002): Principles from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith that describe the responsibilities of Catholic politicians and all Catholic lay people in political life.

    Pontifical Academy for Life: Promotes the Church’s teaching on issues of life, including issues of bioethics.

    FAITH FORMATION

    Culture of Life: A summary on the role of the Knights of Columbus in protecting life in all its stages.

    Catholic Citizenship and Public Policy: A summary of the civic role of the Knights of Columbus.

    Marist Polling: The latest public opinion polling data on pro-life issues.

    CATHOLIC INFORMATION SERVICES

    VIEW BOOKLETS

    U.S. CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS

    Life Issues Forum: Stay informed on pro-life issues by subscribing to the USCCB Pro-Life Secretariat’s newsletter (select "Pro-Life: Life Issues Forum" from list.)

    Resources concerning abortion: Selected quotes from Church teaching, articles and publications, columns and commentary, testimony and letters, FAQ on specific pro-life issues, and news releases and statements from the USCCB.

    Faithful Citizenship Guide: Resources and guidance on how Catholics should participate in the political life of the nation. 

    Project Rachel: Resources for post-abortion healing for women.

    Church Teaching

    POPE FRANCIS

    Good Politics is at the Service of Love (2019): Message of Pope Francis concerning the necessity of peace and justice in politics.

    Amoris Laetitia (2016): Encyclical from Pope Francis on the family. A section on “The Transmission of Life and the Rearing of Children” can be found in paragraphs 80-85.

    Evangelii Gaudium (2013): Encyclical from Pope Francis on the Gospel in today’s world. Paragraphs 213-214 concern the unborn and the sanctity of human life.


    POPE BENEDICT XVI

    Caritas in Veritate (2009): Encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI. Chapter Six features “the Development of Peoples and Technology” and considers the evils of IVF, abortion, human hybrids, embryonic research, eugenics, and cloning in paragraph 75.


    POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II

    Evangelium Vitae (1995): Encyclical from Pope St. John Paul II describing the Church’s teaching on a range of pro-life issues.

    Veritatis Splendor (1993): Encyclical of Pope St. John Paul II detailing the Church’s moral theology and its role in public life. Paragraphs 79-83 consider the intrinsic evils of attacks on the human person.

    Christifideles Laici (1988): Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation of Pope St. John Paul II highlighting the dignity of the human person and the role of laity in the public sphere.


    POPE ST. PAUL VI

    Humanae Vitae (1968): Encyclical from Pope St. Paul VI detailing the Church’s stance on love, marriage, human procreation, parenting, and the harms of birth control.


    POPE ST. JOHN XXIII

    Mater et Magistra (1961): Encyclical of Pope St. John XXIII regarding the role of the Church in community. Statements on the “Respect for the Laws of Life” can be found in paragraphs 193-194.


    POPE PIUS XI

    Casti Connubii (1930): Encyclical of Pope Pius XI defending marriage and articulating the Church’s teaching on contraception.


    OTHER CHURCH TEACHING

    Catechism – 5th Commandment: An overview of the Church’s teaching on respect for human life.

    CDF Doctrinal Note on Questions regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life (2002): Principles from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith that describe the responsibilities of Catholic politicians and all Catholic lay people in political life.

    Pontifical Academy for Life: Promotes the Church’s teaching on issues of life, including issues of bioethics.

    Resources from the Knights

    FAITH FORMATION

    Culture of Life: A summary on the role of the Knights of Columbus in protecting life in all its stages.

    Catholic Citizenship and Public Policy: A summary of the civic role of the Knights of Columbus.

    Marist Polling: The latest public opinion polling data on pro-life issues.

    Resources from CIS

    CATHOLIC INFORMATION SERVICES

    VIEW BOOKLETS

    Resources from the USSCB

    U.S. CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS

    Life Issues Forum: Stay informed on pro-life issues by subscribing to the USCCB Pro-Life Secretariat’s newsletter (select "Pro-Life: Life Issues Forum" from list.)

    Resources concerning abortion: Selected quotes from Church teaching, articles and publications, columns and commentary, testimony and letters, FAQ on specific pro-life issues, and news releases and statements from the USCCB.

    Faithful Citizenship Guide: Resources and guidance on how Catholics should participate in the political life of the nation. 

    Project Rachel: Resources for post-abortion healing for women.

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