Respect Life and Human Dignity


Respect Life Program begins on Sunday, October 2, 2016.“Respect Life Month.”

Because this year is an election year, we are presented with an opportunity to connect issues of life with the democratic process. This brief note will provide some resources by either USCCB or California Catholic Conference.

Weekend of October 1-2:  Resources for Respect Life:

Weekend of October 8-9: Focus on the Abolition of the Death Penalty
Website for homily resources: http://stcamilluscenter.orgPosters:

Weekend of October 15-16: Focus on Economic Justice

Specific issues:

  • Measure A for County of Santa Clara: A $950 million Bond Measure will generate funds to build housing for homeless, low- and moderate-income residents and first time-homebuyers. Endorsed by Bishop McGrath.
  • Measure E for the City of San Jose: Will require large companies to offer additional work hours to current qualified part-time workers first before hiring new employees including additional temps or subcontractors.  Endorsed by Deanery 6.

Weekend of October 22-23: Provide a reminder that “Faithful Citizenship” is a call for all Catholics to participate in the democratic process and our vote must uphold the Common Good and be informed by our faith.


“The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching. We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person”- Sharing Catholic Social Teaching, USCCB, 2000


In the Diocese of San Jose, we support a consistent ethic of life. We see an integral connection among all the life issues, and embrace both the protection of the fundamental right to life and the promotion of the rights that enhance the dignity of that life.



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