St. Anthony Messenger Examines Pro-life Issues, From Conception
to Capital Punishment
CINCINNATI— In the 29 years since abortion was legalized in this
country, the Catholic Church has stressed that respect for life
begins at the moment of conception. But this respect must continue
through every successive stage of life until natural death. That
means opposition to capital punishment as well as abortion. The
late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin referred to this consistent ethic
of life as the “seamless garment.”
The January issue of St. Anthony Messenger examines a
selection of pro-life topics in a special issue, “Protecting Life
at All Stages.” Thomas A. Shannon conveys respect for the unborn
in his article about the Church’s teaching on stem-cell research.
Vicki Thorn explains why Project Rachel, the post-abortion healing
ministry she founded, is pro-life. Jeannie Hannemann describes
how Elizabeth Ministry, a support system she developed, helps
mothers during their childbearing years.
Two other articles concentrate on different aspects of capital
punishment. Page McKean Zyromski explains why 400 members of
Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation met at Boston College
at a “victims’ summit” called “Healing the Wounds of Murder.”
This summit was held during the four days preceding Timothy McVeigh’s
execution in Terre Haute, Indiana, on June 11, 2001.
In a related article, John and Lauren McBride, who live in Terre
Haute, describe the media event that surrounded McVeigh’s execution
and explain why they oppose the death penalty.
Additional information about this special issue of the award-winning
national Catholic magazine can be found by searching AmericanCatholic.org.
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