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Respect for Life

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In the Catholic social vision, the human person is central, the clearest reflection of God among us.  The life of every human being, from conception through each stage of development to natural death, is sacred, deserving of respect and worthy of legal protection.

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Beginning of Life Concerns

“Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception.  From the first moment of existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2270.

Baby Safe Haven Law

Since its inception in 2004, the Massachusetts Baby Safe Haven Law has provided a much-needed resource for individuals who, for whatever personal reason, feel they cannot properly care for a newborn infant.  The Baby Safe Haven law provides a compassionate opportunity for saving the lives of children abandoned by parents who often are young, desperate, and unknowledgeable about financial and other supportive resources.  It is a proper alternative for a woman who might be in a very stressful situation and by remaining anonymous, assures a safe, healthy environment for her newborn. 

For more information on the Baby Safe Haven Law in the Commonwealth click here.

Beginning of Life Resources

Project Rachel

Project Rachel is a confidential Catholic outreach ministry offering hope and healing to women and men hurting from past abortions.  For more information, please visit Project Rachel’s Boston website. 

Click here for project Rachel’s national website. 

Project Rachel helps bring healing to women after abortion by Jacqueline Tetrault Pilot Staff

Pregnancy Support

Archdiocesan Pregnancy Help ministry assists mothers in need by Jacqueline Tetrault Pilot Staff

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End of Life Concerns

SAY NO TO PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE

CURRENT NEWS:

In D.C. speech, Cardinal Sean O’Malley denounces physician-assisted suicide- Boston Globe 1-22-24

Canada, there’s still time to rethink this risky expansion of euthanasia- Washington Post 1-30-24

Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) legislation has been reintroduced this legislative session.  The bills have been assigned to a legislative committee for review and a hearing has been scheduled for October 20th. Click bulletin insert below to Let Your Voice be Heard and check back frequently for updates as we work to defeat PAS once again.  

Bulletin inserts:

Let Your Voice Be Heard Now- English

Let Your Voice Be Heard Now – Spanish

Let Your Voice Be Heard Now – Portuguese

Let Your Voice be Heard Now – Haitian-Creole and French

Palliative Care

From the moment of our existence, we possess a God-given and changeless dignity.  The Church opposes the view that human life can become a meaningless and useless burden fit only for death.

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Death Penalty

“In Catholic teaching the state has the recourse to impose the death penalty upon criminals convicted of heinous crimes if this ultimate sanction is the only available means to protect society from a grave threat to human life.  However, this right should not be exercised when other ways are available to punish criminals and to protect society that are more respectful of human life.”

 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death, November 2005. 

Conference Legislative Action

See Bishops’ Statement on the Death Penalty, (pdf) April 2015. 

Resource:

Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty