Ever since the horrendous decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade, the New Jersey State Council has been fighting to bring this country back to a Culture of Life. We do this in the following three (3) ways: 1) Preserving the sanctity of life; 2) Demonstrating and preserving the quality of life; and 3) Exercising our voices as Catholic citizens to influence government policy.
We must fight to protect the sanctity of life itself along its entire continuum, from conception to natural death. In order to do this, we must support the choice for life by removing the often very difficult obstacles that stand in a woman’s way to doing so, protect life by educating the public on what abortion really is and why it is wrong, and celebrating life by recognizing those women and families that chose life over death for their unborn child.
Demonstrating and preserving quality of life is also important, because it discourages the myths that are often used to justify actions contrary to life, whether it is abortion or euthanasia. We must show that life, at any age, can be lived to its fullest, with enjoyment and satisfaction.
Finally, the duties of American citizenship are not exclusive to Catholics, but it is our Catholic faith that inspires us to carry out these duties in a particular way. We must work to protect and preserve our society (especially in the area of Life), and exercise our Catholic Voice through voting and speaking out in public forums. Patriotism may be the principal of the Fourth Degree, but it is the duty of every Knight to live it.
Steven J. Richardson, FM
Culture of Life Programs Director