Introduction: Some Shaping Principles

1. Introduction: Some Shaping Principles

1.1 The Grace of Conversion

Let’s face it. Disrespect for human life is rampant in Canadian society. Abortion is widespread. Euthanasia is well accepted in theory even if not yet in practice. Our media are filled with reports and even glamorizations of violence. Such violence, furthermore, is undoubtedly symbolic of a profound moral and spiritual disorder within our culture. more 

1.2 Impetus for a New Pro-Life Strategy

In the past much good has been done by the Catholics of our Archdiocese, working as part of or in conjunction with the various pro-life organizations. But our love of Christ impels us to move boldly ahead in doing much more. more 

1.3 Primary Emphasis of Strategy: Prayer

Doing more, however, does not only mean that Catholics should help pro-life associations redouble their efforts in education, political action, the courts, and in crisis services. Something else is needed: we must storm heaven with prayer. more 

1.4 The Strategy: More Than Prayer

In addition to prayer, then, the Strategy incorporates the three basic sectors of the pro-life movement—crisis services, education and political action—within a Church perspective. It also focuses on the Church’s relationship with pro-life organizations, and deals with the properly religious matter of relations with other Christians concerning life issues. more 

1.5 Long-Range View

In a way the entire plan represents the prayer of the shepherd whom God has appointed to lead us, our Archbishop. His prayer and hope is that the people will respond generously and enable the Strategy with all its elements to become an integral part of their lives both individually and collectively. more 

1.6 “Toward a Culture of Life”

“There are two Ways: a Way of life and a Way of death, and the difference between these two Ways is great” (Didache). more 

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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