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Human Life and Dignity

I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live…”  (Deuteronomy 30:19)

For the Catholic Church, there is no distinction between defending human life and promoting the dignity of the human person. Pope Benedict XVI writes in Caritas in Veritate, “The Church forcefully maintains this link between life ethics and social ethics, fully aware that ‘a society lacks solid foundations when, on the one hand, it asserts values such as the dignity of the person, justice and peace, but then, on the other hand, radically acts to the contrary by allowing or tolerating a variety of ways in which human life is devalued and violated, especially where it is weak or marginalized.'” (no. 15).

As a gift from God, every human life is sacred from conception to natural death. The Archbishop Carroll community thus affirms that the life and dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every stage and in every condition. The right to life is the first and most fundamental principle of human rights that leads Catholics to actively work for a world of greater respect for human life and greater commitment to justice and peace.

  • Prayer Service for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children (January 27, 2017): The Archbishop John Carroll community gathers each year on or near the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion on demand in the United States, to pray for an end to abortion and for a greater respect for human life from conception to natural death.
  • March for Life (January 27, 2017): In addition to our annual prayer service, students and faculty from Archbishop John Carroll join thousands of other American citizens in Washington, DC to prayerfully protest the decision of Roe v. Wade. We believe that peaceful witness, education, and, most especially, prayer will help overturn this decision that has killed millions of innocent children and caused psychological, physical, and spiritual harm to countless mothers, fathers, and families.
  • Respect Life Club: meets every Friday at 2:30 PM. Every other week communal recitation of the Rosary in chapel takes the place of a meeting. All are welcome. For more information, please contact the moderator, Mr. Barry Kirsch.