Friday, January 26, 2007

Pro-Life resources for catechists


January 22nd marked the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. Since 1973 an estimated 40 million children have lost their lives to abortion. It is important to ask ourselves how much the culture of death has pervaded our world. How do our children view the dignity of human life? We need to incorporate the Church's teachings about the universal dignity of all human life from conception to natural death into our teaching of the Catholic faith. Whenver we teach about mankind being made in God's image and likeness, about the commandment prohibiting murder, about the need to work for social justice... the great scandal of abortion should not be far from our minds... nor the minds of our young Catholic children.

Here are some links--and I am trying to post more as I find them...

Resources for the classroom

The Catholic diocese of Richmond, Virginia has an excellent site on education materials for social justice issues: From this site, check out the link on
abortion... and you will find resources and links for middle school, high school, and adult.

Catholic Teaching and the Bible concerning Conception and Abortion:

What does the Bible teach about abortion:

What did the early Christians teach about abortion:

A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum (Knights for Life). This is a lengthy intensive curriculum for HS, college, adults, etc. available on-line via PDF. Also available is the Huntsville Respect Life Curriculum for Pre-K to grade 12. One could wade through and pick out parts that seem useful. [ via Christian Patriots for Life’s Pro-Life Education Program ]

Athletes for Life founder, Chris Godfrey, has a whole course "That's Where I Live" on chastity and pro-life for school use that may be able to be adapted in some way for a catechism class. [The book can be ordered if you go into the "locker room" page] Life Principles: some more good things, some geared to college-age, but also some nice articles that can be used with high school age kids.

The Legionaries of Christ have a new site ("connecting faith to current events") that has some archived articles that could be useful: on embryonic stem cell research: ; Abortion survivor shocks Colorado legislators:

Websites and organizations-ABORTION and general life issues

News on the life issues:

U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life activities page: “Abortion unfiltered”: The case against abortion, facts about abortion, finding help, etc.

More facts regarding abortion:

Pro-Life Action League and

Students for Life of America

Feminists for Life

Priests for Life

Swallowed Scroll post on abortion:

Websites and organizations—STEM CELL RESEARCH

Do no harm: The Coalition of Americans for Research Ethics

Stem Cell Research Facts

Documents and addresses on stem cell research:

Pontifical Academy for Life: Declaration on the Production and the Scientific and Therapeutic Use of Human Embryonic Stem Cells:

Pope Benedict XVI: Stem Cells-What Future for Therapy? Address to the Pontifical for Life symposium:

Swallowed Scroll posts on Embryonic stem cell research:

Websites and organizations—DEATH PENALTY (Catholic encyclopedia) (Catholics Against Capital Punnishment – I don’t know much about this group, just found it via a google search)

Marriage, Family, Openness to children, Contraception, etc.

Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body

Couple to Couple League: Better marriages through Natural Family Planning

One More Soul: Fostering God’s Plan for love, chastity, marriage, sex, and children:

Natural Family Planning Outreach

New Jersey Natural Family Planning

Fr. Peffley's website on marriage and family issues

Humanae Vitae (1968) – Pope Paul VI on the regulation of birth:

Familiaris Consortio – Pope John Paul II on the role of the Christian Family in the Modern World

Evangelium Vitae – Pope John Paul II encyclical on the Gospel of Life


Pope John Paul II speaks out on end of life issues:

Political involvement

Activate your political voice in defense of life and the family:

National Committee for a Human Life Amendment:


A blogger’s March for Life coverage

Critique of Washington D.C. Archbishop Donald Wuerl on pro-abortion Catholic politicians receiving Holy Communion (LifeSite news)
(Amy Welborn)

“Roe v. Wade Week” at Yale features do it yourself abortion demonstrations

CBS Poll says most Americans want abortion illegal/restricted:

Catholic bio-ethics priest cuts through spin on stem-cell research debate:

Priest with disability opposes stem-cell initiative:

A fascinating letter by Bishop Morlino (Madison, WI) to his priests regarding the need to speak out in defense of Church teaching on marriage, the death penalty, and embryonic stem cell research:

Pregnancy Support

(Crisis Pregnancy Centers):

Do you know someone who has been affected by abortion? There is help and hope after abortion (Project Rachel retreats):

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