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Pontifical Academy Appointment

6/13/2017

Statement of Supreme Knight Carl Anderson on His Appointment to the Pontifical Academy for Life by Pope Francis

Carl Anderson

I am honored to have been appointed to the Pontifical Academy for Life by Pope Francis. The issue of the sanctity of life has been a priority for the Knights of Columbus, and for me personally. In this work, we have taken as our guide Pope Francis' words on the foundational nature of the right to life of the unborn in Laudato Si 120, and in Evangelii Gaudium, where he wrote: “Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenseless and innocent among us. Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this. Frequently, as a way of ridiculing the Church’s effort to defend their lives, attempts are made to present her position as ideological, obscurantist and conservative. Yet this defense of unborn life is closely linked to the defense of each and every other human right.” I look forward to working with Pope Francis and the Pontifical Academy for Life in supporting an authentic human ecology and building a culture of life based on a proper understanding of the right to life and the dignity of each person.