Liaison with Pro-Life Groups
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.
Catholics educated, and ready to educate others, on life issues
Means for Reaching the Goal
In our part of British Columbia there are many different pro-life organizations that serve the public. These groups represent the three basic sectors of the pro-life movement: education, crisis services, and political action. The Church recognizes the value of these diverse initiatives, and wants to encourage Catholics to become involved in all three avenues of defending life.
The launching of the new Pro-Life Strategy should certainly not occasion the general transfer of Catholic energies from existing organizations to the ecclesial arena. Rather, a sign of its success will be the eventual injection of new vigor in the pro-life movement as a whole, as a stream of spiritual life flows out from the Church to society.
The pro-life groups are always in great need of volunteer help and material support. In addition to the crisis services mentioned above (2.2), some of the area pro-life groups that Catholics may wish to support are on the page opposite.
Serving and involving the Catholic community is a very important part of the activity of many Lower Mainland pro-life groups. In order to do this, these groups have a legitimate need to communicate with the Catholic people, using diocesan channels.
Archdiocesan officials should view requests from these organizations with sympathy and a desire to serve, while prudently discerning what is reasonable and feasible in the circumstances.
|Province-wide Pro-Life Groups|
|Advocates for Human Life: Contact Signal Hill or your local pro-life group|
|Signal Hill, Abbotsford||604 853 3425|
|BC Parents and Teachers for Life||604 531 9473|
|Campaign Life Coalition||604 534 4828|
|Real Women||604 463 1611|
|Community Pro-Life Groups|
|Abbotsford Right to Life||604 852 4623|
|Burnaby Pro-Life||604 523 0573|
|Chilliwack Pro-Life||604 795 3091|
|Coquitlam Pro-Life||778 241 5964|
|Langley Pro-Life||604 534 1195|
|North Shore Pro-Life||604 984 9094|
|Powell River Pro-Life||604 485 5432|
|Richmond Pro-Life||604 274 5433|
|Ridge Meadows Pro-Life||604 462 1130|
|Sunshine Coast Pro-Life||604 885 9188|
|Surrey-Delta Pro-Life||604 574 0225|
|Vancouver Right to Life||604 733 6266|
The Archdiocese hopes the new Strategy will foster, at all levels of the local Church, an improved climate of cooperation with the pro-life groups. In fulfilling a liaison function, the Church’s pro-life committees can play a key role in realizing this cooperation.
It is readily apparent that unity tends to bring strength to any cause, disunity the opposite. At the same time, for any movement to be truly human it must allow for a variety of personalities, backgrounds and talents; it may even permit a variety of ways of pursuing a common goal. But when the issues at stake are both grave and sensitive, and pursuit of the main goal goes against the dominant spirit of the times, it is no surprise that judgments about ways and means of attaining the end frequently differ.
Thus the Canadian pro-life movement, full of a diversity of individuals, perceptions, and approaches, and contending against a prevailing secularism, permissivism and hedonism, regularly experiences internal tension that sometimes culminates in division.
By her very nature the Church is a sign and instrument of the unity of all (Vatican II, Lumen Gentium, n. 1). This reality gives the Church an aptitude for reconciling people, which must always be done in a way that on the one hand respects the truth and common good, and on the other hand allows for a legitimate diversity of views and choices. “In essential things unity, in doubtful things liberty, in all things charity” is an apt motto.
In this spirit the Archdiocese wishes to express its solidarity with the pro-life movement and its willingness to facilitate unity among pro-life groups. Together we all strive for the same purpose: a society which respects all human life from conception to natural death, freed from discrimination due to mental or physical condition. May God grant that our aim be attained.
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for 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|
|2.2 Crisis Response|
|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