Portland Archbishop: Respect Life Sunday

By Portland Archdiocese

October 6 is Respect Life Sunday

Sunday, October 6, is Respect Life Sunday, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have declared entire month of October as Respect Life Month to remind all of the need to respect life from conception to natural death. The theme of this year’s respect life emphasis is “Open your hearts to life!” The Respect Life Program of the USCCB emphasizes several respect life topics such as abortion, support for single mothers, assisted suicide, the death penalty, domestic violence, and marriage and family issues.

Archbishop Alexander K. Sample in a letter to the priests of western Oregon concerning Respect Life Month wrote:

Opening our hearts to life means that we reject the killing of human beings from the moment of conception to their natural death. Opening our hearts to life means that we work to eradicate the conditions that prevent our brothers and sisters from realizing their full human potential, including poverty, domestic violence and the grief and guild the father and mother carry years after an abortion.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the U. S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States. Archbishop Sample encouraged the priests of the Archdiocese of Portland to preach on life issues on Sunday, October 6, “especially abortion, and encourage your parishioners to treat life as valuable, to respect life, and to open their hearts to life.”

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