“Prayer is the foundation of all that we do in defense of human life. Our efforts—whether educational, pastoral, or legislative—will be less than fully fruitful if we do not change hearts and if we do not ourselves overcome our own spiritual blindness. Only with prayer—prayer that storms the heavens for justice and mercy, prayer that cleanses our hearts and our souls—will the culture of death that surrounds us today be replaced with a culture of life.”
— Excerpt from the Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, USCCB

The Diocese of Phoenix strives to follow the guidelines set forth from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in their Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities. This pastoral plan calls upon all the resources of the Church—its people, services, and institutions—to pursue this effort with renewed energy and commitment in four major areas.

  • Public Information and Education to deepen understanding of the sanctity of human life and the humanity of unborn children, the moral evil of intentionally killing innocent human beings—whether at the beginning of life or at its end—and the mission of the Church to witness to and serve all human life.
  • Pastoral Care for women with problems related to pregnancy; for all who have been involved in abortion; for those who are disabled, sick, and dying, and their families and caregivers; for those who have lost loved ones to violent crime; and for those in prison sentenced to death.
  • Public Policy efforts directed to restoring legal protection to the lives of unborn children and those vulnerable to pressures to end their lives by assisted suicide, and to providing morally acceptable alternatives to abortion and assisted suicide.
  • Prayer and Worship directed to participation in the sacramental life of the Church and in programs of communal and individual prayer, that the culture of death that surrounds us today will be replaced by a culture of life and love.

The diocesan pro-life committee’s objectives are to:

  • Direct and coordinate the diocesan and parish pro-life information and educational program, providing appropriate resources as necessary
  • Provide educational opportunities and time for sharing program information among members of parish pro-life committees.
  • Support local programs that counsel and assist women with problems related to pregnancy; promote establishment of new programs where needed
  • Encourage and support a diocese-wide post-abortion ministry
  • Encourage and coordinate programs of prayer and worship that focus on the sanctity of all human life
  • Undertake, depending on financial resources, appropriate public advertising campaigns
  • Maintain communications with the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities and with the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment

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