Ecumenical Relations

Each of the Strategy’s 6 elements involves both a goal and specific means for reaching the goal. What follows is an explanation of the means.

The various means that are discussed certainly do not exhaust the ways of reaching the goals and should not limit the taking of other worthwhile initiatives.

Goal

 Catholics educated, and ready to educate others, on life issues
 

Means for Reaching the Goal

5.1 Commitment to greater cooperation with other churches 
5.2 Encouragement of readiness among Catholics to assume leadership in pro-life movement 

5.1 Commitment to greater cooperation with other churches 

Since all Christians form one body in Christ (Eph. 4:4), it is to be expected that they express their unity in faith by their attitude and concern over such serious matters as abortion and euthanasia. Moreover, the prohibition against the taking of innocent human life which the Catholic Church espouses is well-grounded in biblical faith as well as understandable by natural reason.

Consequently, the Catholic community should be ready and eager to unite with fellow Christians in the defense of God’s great gift of human life.

The Life Chain and its predecessor events have served as models of pro-life cooperation among various Christian denominations. The Catholic community ought to welcome and seek other means of drawing together with our brothers and sisters in Christ – to pray, share, study, discuss, and where possible plan common action.

5.2 Encouragement of readiness among Catholics to assume leadership in pro-life movement 

While the Catholic position on abortion and euthanasia is generally known in society. Catholics in the past have sometimes hesitated to identify their religious affiliation or even to play prominent roles in the pro-life movement-for fear the cause will be labeled as “Catholic” and therefore dismissed.

There is merit in this approach. But the time has come for us to be less reticent about being Catholics in public.

At some psychological level, our opponents really expect us to confess our faith, and when we do not we seem to earn their contempt rather than respect. When we encounter anti-Catholic prejudice we need to be ready to challenge it. We do so in part by being apologists for the very meaning of “Catholic”, i.e. “universal”: for the Catholic position against murdering innocents really has universal appeal (a fact that even our opponents in some way know and fear).

It is certainly good when non-Catholics assume prominent roles in the pro-life cause. But at the same time Catholics should be ready to respond to the need for leadership, making use of the various talents and graces that God has given us.

Archdiocesan Pro-Life Strategy
1. Introduction: Some Shaping Principles 
  1.1 The Grace of Conversion 
  1.2 Impetus for a New Pro-Life Strategy 
  1.3 Primary Emphasis of Strategy: Prayer 
  1.4 The Strategy: More Than Prayer 
  1.5 Long-Range View 
  1.6 “Toward a Culture of Life
2. Elements of Strategy 
  2.1 Prayer 
  2.2 Crisis Response 
  2.3 Education 
  2.4 Civic Action 
  2.5 Ecumenical Relations 
  2.6 Liaison with Pro-Life Groups 

The Pro-Life Strategy was developed in 1993
Revised: May 1995, November 1995, February 2000


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