Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Urgent Action Alert on Human Rights

From our new diocesan Director of the Human Rights Office, Jude Huntz:

Dear Parishes of Kansas City-St. Joseph,
Bishop Finn has asked that this announcement be placed in every bulletin throughout the diocese.

Abortion is NOT a Human Right!

This December 10th marks the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, a very fine document praised by the Vatican. However, this year there is a push to include abortion as a fundamental right in the U.N. Declaration, a move that would cause us to withdraw our support for this document.
Abortion is not a human right, but rather a fundamental violation of the most basic human right, the right to life. What is more, this new provision would violate an essential tenet of Catholic social teaching: "Nor must one forget the contribution that every nation is required in duty to make towards a true worldwide cooperation for the common good of the whole of humanity and for future generations also." (Compendium of Social Doctrine, #166)
We urge everyone to visit this website listed below and sign the electronic petition that will be delivered to the United Nations requesting that they maintain the Declaration of Human Rights in its integrity and reject the motion to include abortion as part of the declaration. Please do so before December 10th.



Jude Huntz
Director of Human Rights
Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph

We'll have a profile of our new Human Rights Director in the next issue of The Catholic Key.