Joint Catholic-Orthodox statement on sanctity of life
January 21, 2016
Leading prelates of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA have issued a joint statement on the sanctity of life.
“On January 22, Catholic and Orthodox Christians will once again stand in solidarity on the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade,” the prelates stated. “As our communities firmly believe in the sanctity of life, the faithful—along with many people of other traditions and good will—lament the legal circumstances that facilitate abortion and the cultural phenomena that present abortion as the only choice for expectant mothers experiencing difficult conditions.”
We remind the world of our common teaching that life begins at the earliest moments of conception and that life, at all stages of its development, is sacred. We denounce the termination of a life as a response to unwanted pregnancies or as a method of overcoming social and economic challenges.
We embrace the mothers and the couples who, in spite of difficulties, choose to bring their pregnancy to term. At the same time, however, we invite those who may have undergone or facilitated an abortion to turn to Christ with contrite hearts, seeking to overcome their grief through His forgiveness, mercy and healing.
- Catholic And Orthodox Christians Affirm Sanctity Of Life, Invite People Into The Embrace Of Christ (USCCB)
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