For the 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 that “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 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.
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PowerPoint: Necessary Principals on Human Dignity 2017
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Providing Scripture Resources that Affirms the Dignity of the Human Person
- Genesis 1:26-31
God created man and woman in his image.
- Deuteronomy 10:17-19
God loves the orphan, the widow, and the stranger.
- Psalms 139:13-16
God formed each of us and knows us intimately.
- Proverbs 22:2
The Lord is the maker of both rich and poor.
- Luke 10:25-37
The good Samaritan recognized the dignity in the other and cared for his life.
- Romans 12: 9-18
Love one another, contribute to the needs of others, live peaceably with all.
- 1 Corinthians 3:16
You are holy, for you are God’s temple and God dwells in you.
- Galatians 3:27-28
All Christians are one in Christ Jesus.
- James 2:1-8
Honor the poor.
- 1 John 3: 1-2
See what love the Father has for us, that we should be called Children of God.
- 1 John 4:7-12
Let us love one another because love is from God.
- Genesis 1:26-31
Respect Life 2013-14 Program from the USCCB
A video series by the USCCB and Catholic Relief Services on Catholic Social Teaching. In this video, Bishop Robert Barron, Jonathan Reyes, and Helen Alvaré discuss respect for the life and dignity of the human person.