Respect Life Month

September 12, 2014


This October, the Catholic Church throughout the United States will observe Respect Life Month, a commemoration that is now in its 43rd year. Beginning October 5, Respect Life Sunday, our nation’s Catholics will be called to renew their personal commitment to defend all human life. Our resources can help your parish community consider the sanctity of all life:


  • Looking for homily resources and inspiration? Access our Respect Life Resources page where you can find several examples of homilies written about the death penalty by practicing priests and deacons as well as prayers and talking points on the death penalty.
  • Our booklet – Renewing the Culture of Life: The Death Penalty, Restorative Justice and Catholic Social Teaching – shares Church teaching against the death penalty referencing recent papal statements and the Scriptures. It is a great resource for distributing after Mass or at pro-life exhibit tables and is available in English and Spanish. You may order these via our mail/fax form here.
  • Interested in gathering with others to learn about Church teaching on the death penalty? We offer a workshop on Church teaching and the death penalty, as well as lesson plans and other resources for junior high, high school and college.
  • Share our Spanish language podcasts – 2- to 3-minute educational pieces – in your communities or with your local Catholic Spanish radio station.


This article was featured in CMN’s September 2014 newsletter.