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“We believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a ‘Gospel of Life.’  It invites all persons and societies to a new life lived abundantly in respect for human dignity.
…Adopting a consistent ethic of life, the Catholic Church promotes a broad spectrum of issues ‘seeking to protect human life and promote human dignity from the inception of life to its final moment.’  Opposition to abortion and euthanasia does not excuse indifference to those who suffer from poverty, violence and injustice.  Any politics of human life must work to resist the violence of war and the scandal of capital punishment.  Any politics of human dignity must seriously address issues of racism, poverty, hunger, employment, education, housing and health care.  Therefore, Catholics should eagerly involve themselves as advocates for the weak and marginalized in all these areas.”

Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics. A Statement by the Catholic Bishops of the United States (nos.  20, 23)


The Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of Dubuque promotes a consistent ethic of life through advocacy efforts to impact law and public policy, by providing formation opportunities in Catholic moral teaching, and by providing education on specific life issues.  It supports efforts to build a culture of life.

Director: Janine Marie Idziak, Ph.D.

Tel.  563-556-2580 ext. 228

E-mail:    DBQCHEAL