Advocates Corner


Life and Dignity of the Human Person

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) published “Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching” on their website (usccb.org). The Church, in the first theme, “Life and Dignity of the Human Person” proclaims that human life is sacred and the dignity of the human person is the foundation for a moral society and for all the principles of our social teaching. USCCB states: “Just as the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say “Thou shalt not” to an economy of exclusion and inequality.” “Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.”

This theme requires economic choices by our government that respect all humans. It guides OMGC/STV Advocates for the Poor and Hungry in our advocacy based on research by Bread for the World, a non-partisan Christianity based organization.

To learn more, email Ann Rafferty: raffertyannh@gmail.com.