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A Manifesto for our Mission

2/3/2004 - 5:20 AM PST

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By Deacon Keith A Fournier
© Third Millennium, LLC

In the wake of the 1973 United States Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade, which relegated an entire class of persons in America (children in the first home of their mothers womb) to the status of property, a “culture” of death and use was unleashed in America and protected by the institutions of government.

However, America is not alone in this paramount error. In fact, given her extraordinary international influence, she has unfortunately spread this error. Such a culture of death and use has been gaining steadily throughout the world.

This kind of “culture of death” views people as products to be used rather than persons to be honored. It erodes the foundation of any just society by denying the pre-eminent right, the right to life. The recognition of that right as fundamental and unalienable must become the polestar of all international and national public policy. Anything less constitutes a disdain for human life as the first right and good of any human society.

It also leads to a rejection of family as the first vital society, promotes a counterfeit notion of freedom as a raw power over others and a callous disregard for the poor.

That is why, as an international movement of Catholics serving the common good we have dedicated our movement to four pillars of participation; life, family, freedom and solidarity with the poor. We will expose oppose these errant social trends in order to propose a new culture of life and civilization of love in their place.

Life

A disdain for the dignity of every human life knows no bounds, touching the entire spectrum of life. . It relegates the elderly and the ill to the status of disposability by misusing words such as “mercy” and phrases such as quality of life” in order to promote euthanasia as acceptable behavior rather than an unspeakable crime.

It is evident in our lack of concern for the weak and vulnerable, the sick, disabled and the elderly. It has turned some efforts of promising medical research into a new kind of Frankenstein laboratory wherein people are the subject of experiments. This disdain has also redefined our language making the once unspeakable sound somehow enlightened. For example, it has promoted the language that now speaks of children in the womb as “products of conception” and human embryonic life as “clumps of cells”.

THE YOUR CATHOLIC VOICE MOVEMENT affirms the inviolable dignity of every human life from conception to natural death, at every stage and every age. We are committed to supporting and advancing every legitimate effort to ensure that the dignity of every human person becomes the polestar of all public policy, national and international.

Our position on the dignity of every human person and the sanctity of every life is not a "single issue" commitment but rather constitutes a framework within and against which every other issue will be measured in our educational and advocacy efforts. Without the right to life and the freedom to be born there are no rights or freedoms.

The inalienable right to life is a basic human right and is guaranteed by the natural law that binds all men and women. We affirm the right to life as the first right and the freedom to be born as the first freedom. We are unqualifiedly, unapologetically and enthusiastically pro-life.

We are "Whole Life/Pro-Life." By that we mean that being "Pro-Life" is a way of life, not a single issue, and it has implications across the entire spectrum of life, human rights and social justice issues. Neither is this position simply a "religious" position, in the sense that religious people should "keep it to themselves". This is the fundamental human and civil rights issue of our age.

THE YOUR CATHOLIC VOICE MOVEMENT affirms the inviolable dignity of every human life from conception to natural death, at every stage and every age. We are committed to supporting and advancing every legitimate effort to ensure that the dignity of every human person becomes the polestar of all public policy and is reflected in legal jurisprudence and all legislation, national and international.

THE YOUR CATHOLIC VOICE MOVEMENT will defend the inviolable dignity of every human life, at every age and stage,. We are unqualifiedly committed to restoring legal protections for the youngest humans in the first home of the entire human race, the womb, as well as to the sick, the disabled and the elderly. It is these communities within our human family who should be treated as our most treasured resource.

Finally, THE YOUR CATHOLIC VOICE MOVEMENT supports truly “good” medical science that is scientifically sound and respects the common good; not immoral experimentation parading as medical science. Science, like society, must be placed at the service of the ...

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