Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (USCCB)

Oct 30th, 2016

"Every human being has a right to life, the fundamental right that makes all other rights possible...The right to exercise religious freedom publicly and privately by individuals and institutuions along with the freedom of conscience need to be constantly defended...The Church is involved in the political process but is not partisan. The Church cannot champion any candidate or party. Our cause is the defense of human life and dignity and the protection of the weak and vulnerable....Some issues involve principles that can never be abandoned, such as the fundamental right to life and marriage as the union of one man and one woman...Our 1998 statement, Living the Gospel of Life, declares: 'Abortion and euthanasia have become preeminent threats to human life and dignity because they directly attack life itself, the most fundamental good and the condition for all others' (# 5). Abortion, the deliberate killing of a human being before birth, is never morally acceptable and must always be opposed..." (#49,58, 63, 64).